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Bureaucracy prevents Council from repairing ‘simple leak’ By Paul Mooney A P P ROX I M AT E LY 30,000 litres of water has been lost from a faulty stopcock on Mitchel Street, Dungarvan, over the past nine weeks, because of Irish Water bureaucracy, which is stopping the Town Council from repairing the problem. As Irish Water now owns all assets, pipes, etc., the Council cannot take action to repair or carry out work without permission from Irish Water. Earlier in February, this newspaper highlighted the water leak at Mitchel Street, near the roundabout junction, which is very evident on a dry day when water runs down Mary Street. Subsequently, a dam was built to stem the flow of water back towards the shore on Mitchel Street. However, the stopcock has not been repaired and continues to leak water at anything up to 20 litres an hour, which is nearly 500 litres a day, or 30,000 litres over the past nine weeks.

A waste of water: the leaking stopcock at Mitchel Street, near the roundabout junction at the top of Mary Street, which has lost approximately 30,000 litres of water over the past nine weeks. Cllr. Damien Geoghegan leak started after the fire at (FG) highlighted the matter the Glanbia Shared Services at the March meeting of Offices on Lower Main Dungarvan Town Council, Street, at the end of January, pointing out that the leak last. “I was told by the water has continued for the past services department that number of months. “It is still flowing away the pressure was low tonight and it is embarrass- because of all the water that ing to be a member of the was needed at the time of Council and someone the fire,” said Cllr. Rossiter. “The pressure was then bringing that to our attention,” said Cllr. Geoghegan. turned up and that is when “It is unacceptable to the leak appeared,” she said. Cllr. Rossiter said she have a leak at a time when water charges are being made up to four phone introduced, Irish Water is calls in relation to the leak. “There must be anything being set up, and people are seeing water flowing down between 10 and 20 litres an Mary Street for months on hour coming from it. It is like a little fountain,” Cllr. end.” Cllr. Ann Marie Rossiter Rossiter added. (FF) said she believed the  Continued on page 2

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Old cinema completely demolished to make way for new development THE old Ormond Cinema on O’Connell Street has been completely demolished to make way for a stunning new development which should be completed in 12 months time. Last Saturday, contractors knocked the familiar facade of the old Cinema. It was initially proposed to retain the front of the old Cinema building. However, engineers with Dungarvan Town Council carried out an examination and found severe structural cracks, along with issues relating to dampness and heat retainability. At the March meeting of Dungarvan Town Council,Town Clerk Joe O’Flaherty said following the detailed examination by


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M AT E LY A P P ROX I water has 30,000 litres of a faulty been lost from Mitchel stopcock on over Street, Dungarvan,weeks, the past nine Water Light guest at the 'Blue because of Irish near who was a special which is [DanMcGrath] at Mitchel Street, bureaucracy, O'Reilly of RTÉ’s ‘Love/Hate’ Town the leaking stopcockMary Street, which has pictured with Kieran of the Fionn Murray Fund. the Aidan McCarthy waste of water: of stopping aid repairing A roundabout junction at the top past nine GardaNight' in Dungarvan Sports Centre in water over the Council from Fight the 30,000 litres of the problem. owns lost approximately the fire at As Irish Water now the weeks. leak started after Services etc., all assets, pipes, Cllr. Damien Geoghegan the Glanbia Shared Main take action Council cannot out work (FG) highlighted the matter Offices on LowerJanuary, meeting of over the to repair or carry at the end of from at the March could not stand Council, Street, engineers, they without permission into the new Dungarvan Town the leak last. the water Cinema on O’Connell that facade being incorporated Irish Water. “I was told by this pointing out THE old Ormond demolished to development. the Earlier in February, the has continued for the past services department that Street has been completely we had to demolish new development was low “Unfortunately, newspaper highlighted way for a stunning given a commitment number of months. away the pressure months make 12 we’ve in Mitchel but that at water completed for the front facade, water leak “It is still flowing because of all the time of which should be a new front facade roundabout at the Street, near the very evi- tonight and it is embarrassthe to replicate Mr. O’Flaherty said. the was needed Cllr. Rossiter. time. is has contractors knocked development,” be a member of junction, which Last Saturday, the fire,” said the fact that funding day when ing to was then which He welcomed of the old Cinema. and someone dent on a dry the “The pressure familiar facade Mary Council for the development, types, our attenproposed to retain that is when come through water runs down bringing that to It was initially turned up and units of varying twoshe said. will include 15 three old Cinema building. said Cllr. Geoghegan. Street. to the leak appeared,”said she front of the engineers with Dungarvan including seven apartments; dam was tion,” bunSubsequently, a “It is unacceptable Cllr. Rossiter However, out an examination storey houses; and five two-bedroomgarden the flow of at a time when made up to four phone built to stem Council carried landscaped Pictured the have a leak cracks, along along with a new to the front, car is Joe Gough, West the leak. Town are being water back towards heat galows, found severe structural Waterford water charges Water is calls in relation to gardens AC, on Street. and anything and issues relating to dampness and scheme, communal of Stephen Street shore on Mitchel stopcock introduced, Irish “There must be back at Dublin his arrival edge are an with Airport on parking at the up, and people 10 and 20 litres However, the Sunday night with and being set It is retainability.March meeting of Dungarvan pedestrian areas. down between his world coming from it. 9 has not been repaired At the seeing water flowing hour page O’Flaherty at on Joe on masters water Cllr. Clerk leak 800 gold and 1,500 Continued Town Street for months continues to like a little fountain,” Town Council, detailed examination by  metres bronze medals 20 litres an Mary the added. anything up to said following nearly 500 end.” Ann Marie Rossiter Rossiter he won in Budapest which on page 2 Contact Cllr. hour, which is at the team of 4 the  Continued 30,000 litres World / Masters €100 entry per 058 43216 litres a day, or (FF) said she believed per A Indoor Voucher weeks. Championships €10 Meal BONANZ 41475 over the past nine

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WEATHER OUTLOOK A DULL and misty start to Wednesday with spells of rain and drizzle during the morning and early afternoon. Later in the afternoon it will become drier. Highs of 11 to 13 degrees in moderate east to southeast winds. Rain will become confined to Ulster on Wednesday night and it will turn misty in many areas as the winds ease with some fog patches developing. On Thursday, the rain in the Northeast will slowly clear. Elsewhere there will be a good deal of dry weather with some bright or sunny spells developing, though Western and Southwestern parts will have some showers. Mild, temperatures on Thursday will reach the mid-teens in the brighter areas with light winds. Apart from some showers on Atlantic coasts, Thursday night will be dry with mist and fog patches forming and lowest temperatures of around 5 to 8 degrees. Friday will be another mild day. It will brighten up with sunny spells and a few showers. Later in the day, rain will spread into the West and South and will become widespread and heavy on Friday night. For the weekend it looks like it will become a little cooler and fresher. Blustery Southwest winds will bring in a mixture of sunshine and showers.

The final meeting of the organising committee for the Great Irish Bake took place recently followed by a sampling of some of the offerings that will be available on Friday, 4th April between 9.30 a.m. and 2.00 p.m. Everyone is welcome, young and old, for a tea/coffee, cake and a chat in aid of Temple Street Children's Hospital. The coffee morning is taking place at Niamh Enright’s house in Clonea – just head in the direction of Clonea beach and follow the signs. A donation of your choice is welcome on the day towards the great work being done in Temple Street. There will also be face painting and a free raffle with great prizes. For more information – call Niamh Enright at 087 9705005 or Rosarie Kealy at 087 7576579.

Bureaucracy prevents Council from repairing ‘simple leak’ FROM FRONT PAGE Town Engineer, David Campion agreed that the matter “is an embarrassment”. He explained that Irish Water now owns all assets, pipes, etc., and even though Waterford County Council has a service agreement with Irish Water, very little initiative can be taken at Council level without permission from Irish Water. “It is bureaucracy and unfortunately the leak is a prime

example of that bureaucracy in action,” said Mr. Campion. Cllr. Geoghegan queried why a dam was built to stem the flow. “I think it’s crazy that someone came along and built a dam to get the water to flow back up the hill. It is beyond belief,” he said. He asked whether people who worked for the County Council, but now work for Irish Water, could fix a small simple leak?

“To say we need permission from Irish Water to carry out repairs - are we going to have to go as high as John Tierney in Irish Water to get permission to fix a leak?” Cllr. Geoghegan questioned. Cllr. Gerry O’Mahony (Ind) said it was an example of what could happen in the future. “This is only a small leak, but what happens in 12 months time if it is more serious?” asked Cllr. O’Mahony.

“No-one knows who is in charge or who fixes the problem.” Cllr. Billy Kyne (Lab) requested that the Council executive delegate someone to fix the leak. Town Manager, Michael Quinn said he would refer the problem onto the water services department in the County Council and see what can be done about it.

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WATERFORD County Manager Michael Walsh and his management team will be working with Councillors over the coming weeks to put together a template, or draft plan, identifying key priorities for the new amalgamated Council to

work from, after 23rd May. At the March meeting of the local authority, Mr. Walsh suggested the draft template for the new authority, which will be formed after the merger of Waterford County and City Councils.

He said teams would be created and workshoptype meetings would be held to formulate the draft template / plan, which will identify key priorities for the new authority. “It will ensure there is a new template for the

Council to work from and not leave it in limbo immediately after the local elections,” Mr.Walsh said. Faithlegg House Hotel was agreed as a neutral venue to meet and hold the workshops. Cllr. Pat Daly (FF) wel-

comed Mr. Walsh’s initiative. “It is a good idea, because it will be all systems go on 26th May,” said Cllr. Daly. Cllr. Nora Flynn (FG) also complimented Mr. Walsh on the initiative and said it was essential.


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Dungarvan Shopping Centre supporting the Waterford Festival of Food DUNGARVAN Shopping Centre is delighted to welcome the Festival of Food weekend to Dungarvan with an action packed programme of events on the Plaza over the two days of the festival weekend. Over the weekend we have two action packed family fun days of entertainment, along with fine gourmet food and tasty treats for all the family young and old alike. Our magical carousel is back, by popular demand, along with our Bouncy Castles which will keep the kids entertained. While mum and dad and grandparents can enjoy a cappuccino and a tasty treat and hopefully bask in the glorious sunshine which has been the hall mark of the previous food festival weekends on the Plaza at Dungarvan Shopping Centre. Dungarvan Shopping Centre

would like to congratulate the Festival committee for putting together such a fantastic programme of events for the weekend and we are delighted to play our part in supporting the festival weekend. So remember to come along to the Plaza at Dungarvan Shopping Centre on Saturday next from 1.00 to 5.00 p.m. and Sunday 11.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. and enjoy our Bouncy Castles, Carousel and make sure to try our gourmet burgers and hot dogs along with candy floss and the best tasting ice cream which is guaranteed to satisfy any palette. The Waterford Festival of Food at Dungarvan Shopping Centre. DON’T MISS OUT…. One great location on the Plaza at Dungarvan Shoping Centre!

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Council wants social welfare payments guaranteed through Post Office By Paul Mooney A NOTICE of Motion calling on the Minister for Communications to introduce legislation guaranteeing all social welfare payments be made through the Post Office was passed at the March meeting of Waterford County Council. Proposing the Motion, Cllr. James Tobin (FF) said that at the moment, social welfare payments are being paid through the Post Office. “The Minister could change that,” said Cllr. Tobin. “I am hoping to cement that agreement and ensure that it never changes,

because if the social welfare payments are stopped at the Post Office, then it wouldn’t be worthwhile for the Post Office to stay open. “If you take enough business away from the Post Office, then they will definitely will close. “Where Post Offices are closed, that village or town is dead, because if people aren’t coming to the Post Office, they won’t spend their money in that town.” Cllr. Tobin said he wanted legislation strengthened to protect the Post Offices. Cllr. John Carey (FG) seconded the motion. Cllr. Michael J. O’Ryan (FF) supported the motion. “I brought this up a few

months ago, that this was coming down the line that rural sorting offices were being closed left, right and centre,” said Cllr. O’Ryan. “I know of Postmasters and Postmistresses who fear for their future. It is in the government’s interest to enter these contracts for 20 or 30 years, but instead I think the Department wants to go down the line of doing all things through the bank. “A lot of people don’t have the services to do it through the bank, so I’m hoping the government will extend these contracts.” Cllr. John O’Leary said it was all about ‘keeping business local’. “We’ve seen too many of

Post Offices being closed and the services are being taken away from the local community,” said Cllr. O’Leary. He said the Post Office provides a good service and there could be other services made available at the Post Office, such as paying utility bills, local authority charges, etc. Cllr. O’Leary added that removing such services like the Post Office is contributing to the decimation of rural Ireland. Cllr. Pat Fitzgerald (SF) supported the motion. He pointed out that the Post Office in Kill closed, and people now have to use taxis to go to different towns around the area to

access their pension. “National government seems to be closing everything in rural Ireland like Post Offices, Garda Stations and rural roads,” said Cllr. Fitzgerald. “If we don’t put a stop to them where will it all end? There won’t be anyone living in rural Ireland. “That seems to be the way they want it,” added Cllr. Fitzgerald. Cllr. John Pratt (Lab) pointed out that Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte (Lab) did make an announcement that there was absolutely no intention of closing any Post Offices, going forward. The motion was passed by the Council.

Funding from Japanese Government welcomed by Waterford County Council A SUBSTANTIAL fund of ¥6,000,000 (Japanese Yen), or approximately €43,000, has been given by the Japanese Government to Waterford County Council for the development of the ‘Koizumi Yakumo Memorial Garden’ project in Tramore. The funding grant is the largest of international grants awarded by the Japanese Government this year.

The aim of the project in Tramore is to transform the 9,400 square metre western style garden of Tramore House into a Japanese garden to honour Koizumi Yakumo, known also by his Irish name Patrick Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904), who spent his boyhood summers in Tramore before becoming a writer and living in Japan until he died.

At the March meeting of Waterford County Council, Mayor Damien Geoghegan (FG) welcomed the funding. He pointed out that the Japanese Ambassador to Ireland visited County Waterford several months ago, and he has a keen interest in gardens. “The project ties in with the Tourism Strategy of Waterford

County Council, so the funding is to be welcomed,” said Mayor Geoghegan. Cllr. Lola O’Sullivan (FG) commended all the people involved in the project Both Cllr. Ann Marie Power (non-party) and Cllr. Paddy O’Callaghan (Lab) concurred with Cllr. O’Sullivan and welcomed the funding.

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Pratt proposes local ‘Pride of Place’ contest for Waterford LABOUR Party candidate in DungarvanLismore, Cllr. John Pratt, is proposing that local towns and villages are given an opportunity to get involved in a ‘Pride of Place’ competition in a bid to mitigate the effects of derelict housing across Waterford. Cllr. Pratt has already raised the idea with Waterford County Council, and local groups who are interested in taking part should be given this chance. “I am proposing that a plan should be put in place to encourage all local towns and villages to be given an incentive to improve the visual appearance of their area. “This would be done with the help of volunteers but Waterford County Council should support each area to ensure this vision is realised. If all areas can work towards this vision Waterford County can only gain through increased visitors. “I have already looked for WCC to encourage this through a competition between local towns and villages, as I still believe this would be a great incentive as many towns and villages have dereliction and public spaces which need attention. “When an area starts to visually improve it instils a certain pride in an area which can become contagious and encourage others to get involved. “I have been in contact with Anne Sullivan from the Environment Section of Waterford County Council and she would gladly meet groups to encourage and support them for tidy town entries if desired.”


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Council expresses best wishes to Tramore goalkeeper WATERFORD County Council expressed its best wishes to Tramore goalkeeper, Matthew Connor, who joined Waterford United soccer team last February. Proposing the vote of congratulations at the March meeting of the Council, Cllr. Ann Marie Power (non-party) said Matthew made his international debut for the Republic of Ireland and won his first cap, Under-18, in Tramore, in February during a friendly game, where over 1,000 people came out to support him. He was also selected to play for the Republic of Ireland’s Under-17 squad for games against Austria earlier this month. “He is currently the youngest member of the Waterford United squad and I would like to wish him well for the future,” said Cllr. Power.

Fun Felt Food at the Beach House Gallery! ONCE again The Beach House Gallery at 65 O’Connell Street is taking part in the West Waterford Festival of Food Art Trail, offering art and craft demonstrations during the weekend of 12th and 13th April, 11.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m. Pippa Sweeney, who runs The Beach House Gallery is an avid needle-felter and will be using her colourful unspun wool yarns to produce rashers! Needle felting is a labour intensive craft using finely barbed needles to mesh, condense and shape fibres and Pippa stumbled upon this technique a few years ago while searching for a medium to illustrated her children’s book, ‘Words Get Knotted’. She subsequently studied in Denmark under Master Felter Birgitte Hanson, set up her working studio at the Beach House Gallery and is now a registered craft worker with the Craft Council of Ireland. Also during the festival, water colour artist Trevor Wayman will be in the gallery demonstrating his superb skills and developing

another unique image to add to the collection that he has produced exclusively for The Beach House Gallery. He has also recently produced images of Dromana Gate,Tankardstown Copper Mine, Ardmore and Lismore Castle gate house, which will be on sale at the gallery from the Food Festival weekend. Pippa says, ‘we are delighted that once again the art trail has been included in the programme. This whole festival is a fantastic opportunity for people to enjoy and celebrate everything that West Waterford has to offer.’ The Beach House Gallery sells quality Irish art, crafts, prints and gifts and is open Tuesday to Saturday 10.30 a.m. – 5.30 p.m. Full details of the festival can be found in the festival program at the Tourist Office or For details of The Beach House Gallery demonstrations contact Pippa 0877933931. Felted images can be seen on

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Waterford volunteers on the Niall Mellon Township Trust building blitz working in the township of Imizamo Yethu, Cape Town. 220 volunteers are building 8 classrooms and carrying out major renovations in the primary school of Oranjekloof. 750 children will have vastly improved educational facilities. By the end of 2014, the charity hopes to have built schools for 5,000 children. The next 'Mellon Educate' blitz will take place in November in the Eastern Cape. Front row: Paul Hansberry, Dungarvan; Marion Landers, Carrick-on-Suir; Sarah Wyley, Dungarvan and Margaret Coe, Portlaw. Back Row: Anne Sheehan, Dungarvan; Ger Wyley, Dungarvan and Mick Foley, Waterford City.

Wet weather doesn’t dampen spirits of Irish Volunteers in South Africa 320 NIALL Mellon Township Trust volunteers arrived in South Africa on their first 'Mellon Educate' building blitz. 1,185 pupils in the township of Imizamo Yethu, Cape Town warmly welcomed their arrival and eagerly anticipate the transformation of their Oranjekloof Moravian Primary school. Over the week 8 new classrooms will be built along with improved existing facilities and a much needed playground area. Simultaneously, 100 of the Irish volunteers will work in the Eastern Cape on building classrooms and a feeding centre. Under the new ambitious 'Mellon Educate' initiative the charity is now moving forward with the aim of creating a better educational environment for 100,000 African children, having already built

over 22,000 houses for 120,000 poor South Africans. Niall Mellon said "The township of Imizamo Yethu holds a very special place in our hearts as it was the very first township that I walked into all those years ago and began this incredible journey that we are still travelling together. Since then we have built over 20,000 homes throughout Africa for over 100,000 people. How fitting it is that our first South African school project takes place back where it all began! When I announced that we are now focussing on education our aim of helping 100,000 children go to school in new and improved facilities seemed overwhelming, now I am confident that this can be achieved.We are embarking on our next blitz in November which means by

the end of 2014 we will already have provided educational improvements for 10,000 children.. This year we are fortunate to have the number of volunteers from 200 towns across Ireland which allows us to work on two different builds. At the end of this week hundreds of poor South African school children will have beautiful new classrooms. We are immensely proud to give these students educational facilities which we take for granted at home. In Imizamo Yethu there is a population of over 25,000 residents and almost every household has a child going to the Oranjekloof Moravian Primary school. It is this school that the Irish volunteers will plaster, paint, build and shed every ounce of energy into making it brighter for the students now and for the

future. The build in the Eastern Cape is in a very rural setting and the students are in much need of educational facilities. The 100 volunteers going to Kokstad will face a challenge to build new educational facilities but many are veterans and will leave no stone unturned to ensure the job is completed. This will be the first step towards improving South Africa's education in the charity's history. As Nelson Mandela said " Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world" and although building schools does not necessarily mean better education it does mean a brighter better place to start. For More Information on the Mellon Educate building blitz:


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Stop Sign AT the March meeting of Dungarvan Town Council, Fine Gael Councillor Micheál Cosgrove requested that a Stop sign be erected at the junction of Priory Avenue and Seapark Avenue / Finnisterre Lawn. “This is an accident waiting to happen,” Cllr. Cosgrove told the meeting. “The erection of a Stop sign would give priority to the traffic flow.” Cllr. Cosgrove also raised the issue of debris floating in the stream to the rear of Monksfield, leading into White Strand, Abbeyside which is resulting in the stagnation of the water. “This is as a result of the recent storms,” pointed out Cllr. Cosgrove. Town Clerk, Joe O’Flaherty said he would address both issues.

Votes of Sympathy A VOTE of sympathy was extended from Waterford County Council to the family of the late Victor Bowers senior, of Portlaw, who passed away on 27th February, last. Proposing the vote of sympathy at the March meeting of the Council was Cllr. Ger Barron (Lab), who said Mr. Bowers was a long time Trade Unionist - 23 years in the labour movement. Cllr. Barron described Mr. Bowers, a member of the Church of Ireland as “a unifying force” of both creeds in Portlaw. “This was reflected in the removal from his house and the service afterwards,” said Cllr. Barron. Concurring, Cllr. Mary Greene (FG) described Mr. Bowers as “a perfect gentleman”. She said he ran in the local elections of 1999, when she got to know him. “He was a lovely man to deal with and it was an absolute pleasure to meet him,” said Cllr. Greene.

Dungarvan Darkness into Light committee pictured at Pieta House’s Darkness into Light launch in City Hall, Waterford on Wednesday evening last. Left to Right: Lorna Ferncombe, Dungarvan Darkness Into Light Committee; Cllr. Liam Brazil; Jacinta Mulcahy, Dungarvan Darkness Into Light Committee; Brendan Doherty, Faithlegg Scout Group; Brian Fanning, Waterford Scout County Commissioner; Teresa Wright, Mayor of Dungarvan; John Cummins, Mayor of Waterford; Sean Kelly, MEP; Niamh Connolly, Dungarvan Darkness Into Light Committee; Brendan Kiersey, Waterford Scout County CPC; Georgina O’Donnell, Waterford Darkness Into Light Committee; Orla Casey, Dungarvan Darkness Into Light Committee. (Absent from the Dungarvan Committee are Therese Dipple and Aine Ui Lonain).

Youghal Journalist is new business editor of Irish Examiner By Christy Parker YOUGHAL journalist John Walsh has been appointed Business Editor of the Irish Examiner. He takes up the role almost two years after joining the paper in July 2012. Previously John had spent five years as editor of Business & Finance Magazine. The second eldest of five children to Tom and Maura Walsh, Friar Street, John is a former pupil of Youghal CBS. His holds a BA in Geography and Social Science from UCC and a Masters in International Politics at the University of Limerick. It was during a media course in UCC back in the

late 1990’s that he “first developed an interest in the media,” he recalls. John’s career has also seen him work in London, first as a trainee journalist with Incisive Media, a highly reputable business publication. He later worked with Bridge, a news distribution service, where his time covering UK and European economics brought him into contact with senior international politicians and business figures. While at Bridge he also developed an interest in energy issues and switched to Argus Media, a major independent provider of market, price and business intelligence for global energy industries, when a position

covering OPEC arose at that organisation. COMMUNIST Interestingly, John’s great-grand Uncle, sea-farer Tom Walsh, married Adela Pankhurst daughter of British suffragette Emmeline. The couple were pivotal in founding Australia’s Communist party, though they subsequently rejected Communism. John describes his own political leanings as, “right of centre” and some years ago expressed an admiration for Richard Bruton. John lives in Dun Laoghaire with his wife Mary (Minihan), who is Political Correspondent with the Irish Times and their seven-month old son, Hugh.

Nathan Grimson, Dungarvan, and Chelsea Nelson, Student of Mercyhurst University modelling at the Soroptomist International Dungarvan and District Charity Bridal Fair in association with Lawlors Hotel, Dungarvan. [David Clynch Photography]

Electric car owners made to pay for parking while charging - O’Ryan

Pictured are the Dancers who took part in the Dungarvan Lions Club's Deise Jigs & Reels Freestyle at the Park Hotel.

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A WATERFORD County Councillor has said that people driving electric vehicles are possibly being discriminated against by being made to pay for parking while charging their vehicle. Raising the issue at the March meeting of Waterford County Council, Cllr. Michael J. O’Ryan said it was brought to his attention that people using charge points around the county for their electric vehicles were being charged for parking. “People who use petrol stations to fill up their vehicles are not charged for parking,” Cllr. O’Ryan pointed out. He also said there was an issue that there are not

many of the spaces around the county, meaning the spaces can be full when someone is looking to charge their vehicle. Director of Services, Fergus Galvin, said in Waterford City, it is free parking while people are charging their electric vehicles. However, Cllr. O’Ryan sought consistency throughout the county. “There might be ample charge points in the city, but not in the county,” he said. Mr. Galvin said consistency with the charge points should follow through as part of the amalgamation process between Waterford County Council and Waterford City Council.


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Dungarvan Lions Club's Deise Jigs & Reels Freestyle at the Park Hotel: Back row left to right: John Coade, Lions Club; Liz Murphy, Adjudicator; Sean Murphy, Adjudicator; Margaret Fitzgerald, Adjudicator and Donal Connolly, Lions Club. Front row: Nichola Beresford, MC; Ger Fitzgerald & Caoife Coward, winners, and John Dwane, Dungarvan Lions Club President. [Dan McGrath/Editorial Images]

World Autism Awareness Day MOST people may not be aware, but today is World Autism Awareness Day. Every year autism organisations around the world celebrate the day with fundraising and awareness raising events. There is a saying “once you've met one autistic child, you've met one autistic child”, which is undoubtedly true. Individuality is key as there is great variation in symptoms and traits from one child to another. There are many factors that can and need to be addressed through blood and urine analysis. These include undermethylation which occurs in 95-98% of children, pyrrole disorder which causes high levels of oxidative stress to the brain and body, metal dysregulation which also causes high levels of oxidative stress but also alters levels of important brain neurotransmitters, low levels of metallothionein responsible for metal regulation, intestinal permeability, early brain cell development, also nutrient imbalances, gastrointestinal dysfunction and the impact of gluten and dairy and other foods which I will talk more about in this article. A large number of children/adults on the autistic spectrum suffer from impaired gastrointestinal health. As a lot of children are unable to verbally express pain or discomfort, intestinal problems may be obvious from patterns of persistent diarrhoea, constipation, bloating and often holding their tummy or pressing a toy against their abdomen or in some cases lying face down on a cold floor. A large number of children have an inability to fully digest certain foods they are

consuming with resulting inflammation in their intestines/gut. Two such foods that have been implicated in this inflammatory cascade are gluten and casein. Both foods contain a protein, gluten (wheat, rye, barley), and casein in all dairy products including goat and sheep. A specific enzyme, known as DPPIV, is responsible for the complete breakdown of these proteins. This however, may be damaged/insufficient in a large number of children. A failure of this enzyme causes incomplete digestion of both gluten and casein which causes inflammation to the intestinal lining which can cause increased intestinal permeability. These foods are not fully digested and can now pass through the intestines and travel around the body. Not alone can these foods pass through the damaged intestine, but it opens a gateway for other foods/molecules to also pass through, potentially causing more food sensitivities and increasing the potential for heavy metals to penetrate the gut lining. This can play havoc in the child’s system causing increased inflammation which can result in eczema, rashes, asthma, hives and excess mucus production to the ears, nose, throat, lungs, etc. With insufficient enzymes, gluten and casein can also pass through brain barriers. Both foods when incompletely digested contain peptides that resemble opium and are known as opiod -like peptides, (family of drugs derived from opium are heroin, morphine and codeine).

These opiod-like peptides have been found in the urine of children with autism and individuals with schizophrenia. These are known as casomorphin and gluteomorphin. When these peptides are present, they can cause a myriad of symptoms, some including a child appearing “spacey”, night terrors, night sweats, constipation, high pain threshold, etc.These morphine compounds are proline containing peptides. Proline is the amino acid involved in building tissue and ligaments. When a child is affected with symptoms mentioned above, there is often an accompanying issue with muscles and ligament strength. The child with poor hand grip may have difficulty with writing and there may be development delay, as a baby is unable to sit up and then walk due to poor muscle tone. There are many aspects and imbalances that need to be addressed, but as a starting point, what appears to be a small and simple change to a childs diet, can have dramatic effects on speech, socialisation, behaviour and cognition. Anita is a psychiatric nurse, nutritional therapist and a Certified Walsh Research Institute Practitioner with the Walsh Research Institute in Chicago, who specialises in autistic spectrum disorders and mental health disorders. For more information or to book a consultation, contact Anita at the Dungarvan Alternative Health Centre on 087-3492991 or email

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Delay in repairs to flooded road at Portlaw IT will be several weeks before Waterford County Council can carry out repairs to a road near Portlaw which was blocked due to recent floods. Cllr. Brendán Coffey (FG) said the R680 has been blocked for some time, due to severe weather earlier in the year. “Traffic has been diverted through Portlaw village and the volume of traffic has been huge. It is quite dangerous with the amount of vehicles passing through the village,” said Cllr. Coffey. “I previously requested that extra warning signage be placed in Portlaw and heavy goods vehicles be diverted to Mooncoin. None of this has been done. I would ask that it is done without delay,” said Cllr. Coffey. Cllr. Mary Greene (FG) described the amount of heavy vehicles going through Portlaw as “horrendous”. She said it was suspected that some heavy goods vehicles could also be using the route to avoid paying the toll on the new Waterford bypass. Mr. Daly said the Council was caught at the location with the Spring tide and they can’t get near the job until the really high tides subside. “I am told it will be six weeks before we can get in there and start,” said Mr. Daly. He said he was surprised that extra signage was not placed to divert HGVs towards Mooncoin. Mr. Daly said he would talk with the Area Engineer again and make sure that it is done.

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Council to seek share of €15m pot WATERFORD County Council was urged by the County Mayor Damien Geoghegan, to seek an allocation from a €15m fund for vacant local authority properties. Mayor Geoghegan told the March meeting of Waterford County Council that the €15m fund for vacant local authority properties was launched by Minister for Housing, Jan O’Sullivan. The funding is to bring vacant local authority houses back into use by refurbishing them, and Councils have been asked to submit their proposals by 28th March. “I’m urging that the officials would seek some of that funding,” said Mayor Geoghegan. “There are quite a number of local authority houses empty at

the moment and could do with some refurbishment. It is a scheme to be welcomed.” Director of Services, Michael Quinn, confirmed the Council will be making an application for funding under that scheme. “We are fortunate in that we have only 28 vacant houses at the moment, given our housing stock is over 1,100 which is a relatively small proportion,” said Mr. Quinn. He said it will be better if the Council can get funding to expediate the return of those 28 houses. Mr. Quinn pointed out that a specific team will be put together as part of the Council merger with the City Council, who will focus on vacant Council houses.

Claire Foley Baumann, Catherine Troy and Yvonne Baumann, all from Baumanns Jewellers, Dungarvan pictured at their stand at the Soroptomist International Dungarvan and District Charity Bridal Fair in Lawlors Hotel, Dungarvan. [David Clynch Photography]

Quality of pier works described as ‘shoddy’ THE quality of work taking place at Ballinacourty Pier was described as “shoddy” at the March meeting of Waterford County Council. Cllr. Pat Nugent (FG) said the work was being carried out by an outside organisation, and said it was

“shoddy”. He said he could envisage accidents and claims from the public in relation to the stone work being carried out. Director of Services, Paul Daly, said he viewed the work himself, and agreed the work “wouldn’t be the

Ticket sales flying for the Festival of Food THURSDAY 20th was DDay for the fervent followers of the West Waterford Festival of Food, with tickets going on sale at 2.00 p.m. A great afternoon and evening’s trading began there, and sales have been continuing at a brisk pace since. An orderly queue formed from half past one at the Festival Ticket Office – The Wine Buff on the edge of Grattan Square, Dungarvan. Some inclement weather didn’t put the buyers off, for they wanted to be sure of their tickets for the key events. Sales on Day 1 were at incredible levels with Eunice Power’s Pop Up - A Middle Eastern Feast selling out in no time at all, quickly followed by the some of the Restaurant Trails – an annual festival favourite. Of course online sales contributed to this big rush with tickets on sale via www.WestWaterfordFestiva also. Children were not being forgotten in this initial rush. With an increased number

of children’s cooking & baking workshops this year, it appears the children had been busy studying the programme and had placed their orders with the relevant adult. Popular events were Be a Pizza chef, the annual Busy with Biscuits, Cócaireacht le Chéile (Cooking together for adult & child) and a new addition this year – Kitchen Sink Science. We’re not sure how many of these experiments with food the children are planning to try at home!! Decorating your own Easter Egg, Flahavan’s Picnic in the Park, the puppet show in the Library and of course the FBD Agri Aware mobile farm and living history were also popular, but no tickets were required here, as these are free events. Planning the weekend appears to be the biggest challenge for ticket buyers, who appear to be trying to fit in one of the Town Hall Demo’s, catching the Conversation with Trish Deseine, planning some Travelling Cookery School

demos, or some of the Trails & Tours out and about in West Waterford. Bus Bia’s are ever popular, with the new addition of The Food Community at Dunhill an attraction for those who have visited the other trails in the past. Meanwhile, the popular evening tickets include a Residency for Highbank Orchards at Nude Food, the Jazz Jivin’ BBQ at Lawlors Hotel on Friday, and the Dungarvan Brewing Company Comedy Club on Saturday evening. This year’s Dungarvan Film Club showing of Jiro Dream’s of Sushi on Friday and Saturday night seems to have captured the imagination also, with some sushi to nibble this year, along with The Wine Buff, Michael Sheehan’s ever popular wine tastings. Something for everyone seems to be the order of the day again at the Festival of Food. Tickets are still available at The Wine Buff, Grattan Square Dungarvan, or on the website WestWaterfordFestivalofFo

quality which the Council would like”. He described it as “a contractorial problem” with the contractor. “I’m sure it is costing a lot of money, but the quality of the work is very poor,” added Cllr. Nugent.

Tree cutting season now passed

Aoibhinn Keith is showing a a trendy Confirmation outfit from Petit Cheri at the Soroptimist Bridal Fair in Lawlors Hotel last Sunday. [Tom Keith]

A WATERFORD County Councillor said it was lucky no-one was killed during the severe weather earlier in the year, which saw numerous trees being felled by gale force winds. “With all the trees that fell we are lucky there were no fatalities,” said Cllr. Declan Doocey (FG) at the March meeting of the local authority. “I appealed for common sense at the January meeting in relation to trees and testing them to see if they are alive or dead,” he said. “Now we are seeing evidence that my concerns were not in jest.” Cllr. Doocey said the trees were coming down like match-sticks.

“We are very lucky that no-one was killed,” he said. Cllr. Doocey asked the Council that if there are any “shook” trees to immediately remove them. Director of Services, Paul Daly, pointed out that the season for cutting trees and hedgerows has now passed. “Unless trees or hedgerows are in a dangerous condition, we can’t cut them now,” said Mr. Daly. Cllr. Doocey said using the calendar “is not ideal way to work” in relation to hedge cutting. He said that no-one can cut hedges during the months of January and February, due to the bad weather.

Community Walk for Dungarvan Food Festival Jake Grimson modelling in the fashion show at the Soroptomist International Dungarvan and District Charity Bridal Fair in association with Lawlors Hotel, Dungarvan. [David Clynch Photography]

DUNGARVAN Hillwalking Club is leading a Community Walk during the Dungarvan Festival of Food. It will take place on Saturday April 12th. The walk will start at 11 am and the meeting point is the Park Hotel. An experienced club leader will lead the walkers along a route in the Seven Sisters section of the Comeraghs. The 7K walk is expected to last four hours, and food will be offered along the way. The cost of the walk is €5. All are welcome, as long as you bring boots and waterproof walking gear.


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Old cinema completely demolished to make way for new development

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Pictured left to right: Now you see you don’t. The front facade, which was originally going to be retained to be included in the new development, was demolished with the rest of the site, due to severe structural cracks and heat retainability issues.

FROM FRONT PAGE Cllr. Billy Kyne (Lab) questioned why the Council was building a replica of the front facade and wondered if a better design could be considered. Mr. O’Flaherty replied that the facade “isn’t the ugliest building in the world”, and it is something the Council would like to do so people know that a cinema once stood on the site. It was even suggested that the naming of the development also somehow relate to the fact that the site was once a cinema. “It is a nice design and we have seven apartments proposed, with a

nice scheme for people with special needs and disabilities,” said Mr. O’Flaherty. “We have gone to design stage and we hope that in 12 months, we will have the site fully developed and ready for occupation.” In relation to the demolition of the building, Mr. O’Flaherty said he expected the contractors will be finished in three weeks. “They’ll crush everything on site and it will be reused,” he said. The drawings have been completed for the proposed scheme and will be resubmitted to the Department for final approval. “We’d hope to be on site to commence the development within

three months,” said Mr. O’Flaherty. He said the Council is conscious that O’Connell Street has become derelict as a main artery into the town and it is hoped that this development will be the catalyst to kickstart the lifting of the streetscape, such as repairing footpaths and undergrounding services. Mr. O’Flaherty said parking has always been an issue on O’Connell Street over the years and the Council are examining a derelict site where the old Ormond Hotel once stood, with the possibility of developing it into a car park in the short term. He said such a development would make other nearby vacant

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premises attractive to potential businesses and it will clean up the site. Cllr. Damien Geoghegan (FG) concurred that the development of the old cinema “will certainly regenerate a derelict site”. “I’m sure the businesses in O’Connell Street and other parts of the town will welcome the fact that we will now have more people and families living in the heart of the town, which is important,” said Cllr. Geoghegan. “There are a lot of places which are empty at night time and have no one living there, so I’m sure this will be welcomed by the businesses in the town as well,” he added.


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A drawing of an aerial view of the scheme looking from O’Connell Street / Stephen’s Street corner, with the recognisable facade in the foreground and the redevelopment site scheme behind. The plans for the redeveloped site were drawn up by E-Project Chartered Architects, Lower Main Street, Dungarvan.

Some local residents up in arms over demolition of old Cinema’s front facade SOME people and residents of O’Connell Street are up in arms over the demolition of the front facade of the old Ormond Cinema, on O’Connell Street. The building was demolished to make way for the development of the site, which will include apartments and houses. It was understood that the front facade of the building, which was unique to cinemas across Ireland in the 20th Century, was to be protected from demolition and be incorporated into

the new development. However, at the weekend, the facade was completely demolished. Some local residents said they were not made aware that the facade would be demolished and voiced concerns. At the March meeting of Dungarvan Town Council, it was revealed that there were severe structural problems with the facade and engineers could not stand over the facade being incorporated into the new development.

Town Clerk, Joe O’Flaherty said the Council has given a commitment to

construct a replica of the facade as part of the new development.

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A drawing of the replica facade, which Dungarvan Town Council has committed to build as part of the new development on the site of the old Ormond Cinema.

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A crisis in justice TO say that the people of Ireland are perplexed, bewildered and disappointed at the present crisis in justice and policing in this country would be a grave understatement. The intricate web woven between the Taoiseach, the Minister for Justice, the Attorney General, the Office of the Garda Commissioner, the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission, the members of An Garda Siochana, and the whistleblowers with whom all of this started, is difficult for the person in the street to unlock. There is little doubt but that the Gardai who occupy the frontline with the public are equally disappointed and disenchanted, sometimes for contrary reasons, but must lift their heads each morning, face the public and do their duty and the often dangerous tasks which fall to their lot. We must never lose sight of that invaluable contribution to our society. Central to all of this is the office and its occupant who have ultimate responsibility for policing and the administration of justice in this country, the Minister for Justice, the elected representative who is appointed to discharge that responsibility and to be accountable to the public. The Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter has not covered himself in glory throughout this controversy, pleading ignorance to the receipt of, or knowledge of, important documents of which he should, as Minister, have been aware. Neither was he aware of circumstances and practices which have given rise to the present crises and so significant are his deficiencies that in any other jurisdiction, the Minister would have resigned, or been forced to resign long before now. The Garda Commissioner retired, or as some reports suggest, was forced to resign by the Government, so that some sacrifice could be made to public opinion. Regardless of the role of any of the more junior and less

Incorp. Munster Industrial Advocate influential parties in this debacle, the Minister for Justice carries ultimate responsibility for what happens in his department. That is the system we operate. This is why it is an elective office, going before the people for their endorsement or otherwise at election time. The matter is being debated in Dail Eireann this week and the political arithmetic will ensure the survival of the Minister and the Government. The public will await the various reports which are being prepared on different aspects of this crisis and will be eager to learn just who has been responsible for the present unpalatable set of situations in which we find ourselves.

Tackling obesity seriously HAVING very successfully, and in the teeth of the fiercest opposition, managed to impose controls on smoking and the tobacco industry, with consequent public health benefits, a greater emphasis is now coming on the other great risk to health, overweight or obesity. Even through casual observation it is possible to detect that we have a problem in regard to being overweight, with the accompanying risks of diabetes, heart disease and other serious conditions. The cosmetic aspect of the

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problem should not be lost sight of either, even though it is a subject best left unbroached with most people. According to the Irish Heart Foundation obesity is defined as a disease in which excess body fat has accumulated to an extent that health is adversely affected. Body Mass Index (BMI) and waist circumference are used to assess a person’s weight. Leaving aside their diplomatic phrases in regard to eating habits, obesity occurs when people eat more food than they need and are not capable of burning off the excess energy through activity or exercise. The organisation blames obesity in 99 of cases on marketing, advertising of inappropriate foods, increasing portion sizes and accessibility and availability of foods and facilities, as well as increased car use generally. Targeting the young is a priority and there is a radical proposal to introduce the concept of what is described as a ‘no fry zone’ for a kilometre and a half around schools. Quite simply, those promoting better health do not want pizzas, fish and chips and other weight inducing foods to be available within a fifteen mile walk of schools. This will not be popular, but is deemed necessary for the obesity campaign to be successful. The overweight problem has consistently dropped down the age scale and now, according to the statistics, a quarter of eleven year olds are clinically obese with consequent problems down the line. We are generating a healthcare time bomb for ourselves and one which must be tackled forcefully and decisively just as we did with smoking. Which is why fast foods are in the sights of campaigners for healthier living and many of the interested parties are now coming together in coalition to enforce that. We all know the problem which is there for everyone to see. Sometimes it is as close as the mirror. We need a blitz on excess weight and the sooner it becomes a high profile national campaign the better for our national health and hospital budgets.

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Local Authorities Honoured at St. Patrick’s Day Reception at Áras an Úachtaráin PRESIDENT Higgins and Sabina Higgins hosted a Reception on St. Patrick's Day at Áras an Úachtaráin to acknowledge the important contribution of various organisations in responding to the needs of communities arising from the recent extreme weather conditions. Representatives from Waterford City, County, and Dungarvan Urban Council’s, attended on behalf of all of the staff that worked during the storms. Welcoming his guests the President said ‘Each and every one of you worked generously and tirelessly throughout the storms to ensure that everything possible was done to limit damage and restore the services upon which so many depended as quickly as possible, with the safety and well being of our citizens remaining paramount at all times. The work you did was never easy and often arduous, involving much personal sacrifice and risk, but it was work you undertook willingly because you are people who believe in, and give testament to, an active and fully engaged citizenship; people whose practice is not to stand back and wait for ‘someone else’ to sort out a problem or find a solution.’ The attending delegates took the opportunity to present the President with some of the beautiful woodwork being created by the Waterford charity U-Casadh. The gifts included a specially commissioned piece which was created

using the bark of an oak tree and shed deer antler and was inscribed with a verse of the poem “When will my time come” by Michael D. Higgins. U-Casadh meaning U-turn is an integration project and registered charity based on the Brothers of Charity site in Ferrybank Waterford. Set up in 2008 by Stephen Plunkett CEO and Waterford Area Partnership through Probation Service funding. In 2011 they were the recipients of the prestigious Arthur Guinness Fund award. The project offers support and assistance to enable people to

make positive life choices following offending behaviour and engages with up to 200 individuals and families each year. It offers a variety of programmes such as crime awareness, in-dependent living, relapse prevention, creative writing, woodwork and horticulture. Needs are met through a phased process beginning with one to one key working to address priority issues such as addiction and homelessness, moving on to education and training then into enterprise and progression routes. It places high priority on offering opportunities for real progres-

sion. The Charity is host to a Special Community Employment scheme (CE) employing 25 participants. With support from St. Stephen’s Green trust it set up a craft initiative called ‘Crafted with Love’ from its workshop; and with the aid of European Funding and the Kilkenny Leader Partnership, it is in the process of developing an Enterprise Centre. While the recent storms had devastating consequences for nature with the loss of many historic trees in the City including a very old lime tree in the People’s Park. Good will come from bad.

Waterford City Council has donated these trees to the U-Casadh pro-ject to be used for training and for the future of the craft initiative. U-Casadh in turn will create a piece from the Lime tree to give back to the City. This development is a positive outcome from a negative situation that will benefit some of the most vulnerable in our society. The trip was very successful for both Waterford and the U-Casadh charity and highlighted the positive work happening in Waterford. Katherine Peacock U-Casadh’s Operations Coordinator com-

mented “We were honored and delighted to be given this opportunity to show the skill and creativity of our service users, we have created many beautiful and unique pieces for organisations and individuals over the years including the Arthur Guinness Fund. This is a clear strength of our craft initiative and we welcome all commissions. We are grateful to Waterford City & County Council’s for the opportunity to use the fallen trees to continue our work and any money earned from our craft supports some of the running costs of the charity’.

From left to right: Eoin Dullea, Horticulturist; John Nolan, Senior Executive Engineer; Sabina Higgins; President Higgins; Paul Flynn, Environmental Warden; Gabriel Foley, General Services Supervisor. [Maxwell Photography]


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Friday, 23rd May, 2014 YOUR FIANNA FÁIL TEAM FOR THE LOCAL AND EUROPEAN ELECTIONS Dungarvan – Lismore Local Electoral Area

VOTE In order of your preference 1, 2, 3

Cllr. James Tobin Cllr. Ann-Marie Rossiter Cllr. Tom Cronin

Members of the River Barn Artists who are currently showing their works at the Old Market House Arts Centre, Dungarvan. [Dan McGrath/Editorial Images]

€41K lotto prize is claimed A LUCKY County Waterford winner is over €41,000 better off after claiming their prize on a EuroMillions draw. Last week the Dungarvan Observer highlighted that a ticket for the EuroMillions draw on Tuesday, 7th January, 2014, had won €41,632 after matching five numbers in the draw. The ticket, a €6.00 quickpick, was bought at the Amber Service Station, on Youghal Road, Dungarvan. However, the prize had gone unclaimed, and the deadline to claim the prize (Monday, 7th April, 2014) was fast approaching. An appeal was made last week by the National Lottery for members of the public in Dungarvan to check their lotto tickets to see if they had won. A spokesperson for the National Lottery confirmed to this newspaper that the €41k prize was collected by the winner, who opted to remain anonymous.

Waterford County Museum WATERFORD County Museum will open their newest exhibition, ‘Industrial Ireland: 1904-1918’ (Images from Magic Lantern slides) next Friday, 11th April. The exhibition will be launched by Elizabeth Kirwan, Curator of the National Photographic Archive, at 8.00 p.m. at the Town Hall, Friary Street, Dungarvan. The new exhibition will feature many stills and photographs from the era 19041918.

CountryLife Dungarvan and Kilmeaden a blooming success! THE management and staff at local garden centres CountryLife Dungarvan and Kilmeaden are celebrating after both received four-star accreditation at the Bord Bia National Horticulture Awards which took place in Dublin last Friday. The Bord Bia-organised annual awards recognise the top gardening businesses in the country and their dedication to achieving the highest standards of operation. Garden Centres across Ireland were audited and scored on a list of criteria including; plant range and quality; customer service; local promotion; customer information and overall ambience. In their citation, the judges praised CountryLife for their “inspirational displays and extensive product selection”. Glanbia’s CountryLife garden centres dominated the Oscars of the Garden Centre industry with ten branches successfully achieving the standards set out by Bord Bia’s Quality Assurance Programme and seven stores achieving the coveted 4-star accreditation. CountryLife Dungarvan and Kilmeaden were among the seven CountryLife garden centres in the network to win four-star status at the National Amenity Horticulture Quality Awards, while a further three CountryLife centres were awarded three-star accreditation. CountryLife Castlecomer was awarded ‘DIY Garden Centre of the Year’ for the fourth year in a row. Commenting on the

achievement, James Byrne, Retail Marketing Manager, Glanbia said, “CountryLife is eight years in operation and we have entered the National Amenity Horticulture Awards for the last four years. To have taken home so many awards this year is a tribute to our talented and hardworking team of horticulturists in all our stores.We are delighted to have achieved the 4-star standard in four more stores this year and to win DIY Garden Centre of the Year for the fourth year running is the icing on the cake. We’re thankful to all our customers for their loyalty and support”. Lisa Curran, Manager, CountryLife Dungarvan said, “We’re delighted that our Garden Centre has been recognised again a 4-star garden centre. The standards

across the region are higher than ever and it’s fantastic to be rewarded for our continued efforts”. Kieran Delahunty, Head Horticulturist, CountryLife Kilmeaden had this to say, “We’re thrilled that our Garden Centre has been recognised as a 4-star garden centre, it’s the first time we’ve received four stars and are just over the moon that all our hard work and dedication has paid off ” CountryLife garden centres, a division of Glanbia Agribusiness, comprises a network of 16 branches, including ten award-winning garden centres, located across the southeast. CountryLife’s gardening blog was shortlisted in the 2013 Irish Blog Awards and can be found at





YOUR ONE STOP SHOP FOR ALL Pictured were Natasha Maher and Jean Colleran, Glanbia CountryLife at the Bord Bia Amenity Horticulture Awards in Dublin last Friday.




Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 4 April, 2014

Launch of 2014 SuperValu Tidy Towns Competition Call for Waterford entries to the 2014 Competition . . .

Kevin McCarthy from Garvey's SuperValu Dungarvan, County Waterford.

SUPERVALU Retailers in Waterford are calling on the county to get behind this year’s SuperValu TidyTowns competition. Thomas Caulfield of Caulfield’s in the Hypercentre on Morgan Street, Niall Shanaghay, Ann Cheastey and Cormac Quish of Quish’s in Tramore, and Kevin McCarthy of Garvey’s in Dungarvan made the call as the competition officially kicked off for 2014. “The TidyTowns Competition recognises and encourages the efforts of local people to bring huge benefits to their communities. Over the last three years over 800 cities, towns and villages throughout the country entered the competition and I hope that it will be even bigger and better this year,” so said Phil Hogan, Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government as he, along with Mr Martin Kelleher, Managing Director of SuperValu officially launched The SuperValu TidyTowns competition for 2014. Minister Hogan mentioned the importance of us presenting our country in the best possible light, as a clean and green destination to live in, do business in and visit. “TidyTowns has been improving the environment in which we live for over 56 years and has helped to transform the appearance of our towns and villages and to foster Ireland’s image abroad. My Department has continued working

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country.” The Minister expressed his gratitude to SuperValu, the competition’s sponsor for the past 23 years for their continued support. “I’d like to thank SuperValu for their unwavering support which has helped to sustain and grow this competition over the years. It must be one of the longest-running sponsorships of its kind in Ireland.” As well as the main competition there are also eleven Special Competitions that you can enter. Welcoming these competitions Minister Hogan said “these competitions are an intrinsic part of the TidyTowns competition and I would like to encourage entrants to have a good look at them and endeavour to enter some as well as the main competition. I also thank the sponsors of these competitions for their support over the years.” The closing date for receipt of entries for this year’s competitions is 22nd May 2014. Entry forms to the SuperValu TidyTowns competition can be obtained from the TidyTowns Unit in the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government – Phone (071-9186744) or by visiting or For entry to the Special Competitions please download your entry form at

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in partnership with Volunteer Ireland to grow voluntary effort; their website matches members of the public interested in volunteering with voluntary opportunities in their own areas. I would ask TidyTowns groups to take advantage of this initiative.” Speaking at the launch, Martin Kelleher, SuperValu Managing Director said “We are incredibly proud that this is the 23rd year of our sponsorship of TidyTowns. We believe in local and TidyTowns is a perfect partnership for SuperValu, as our independent retailers similar to TidyTowns committees form part of the fabric of towns and villages across Ireland. With an increase in store numbers this year to 223 stores nationwide, SuperValu retailers are uniquely positioned to work with TidyTowns committees to build sustainable communities throughout the country that we will be proud to pass onto generations to come. There is tremendous work done by TidyTowns committees around Ireland and I would encourage people to get involved and help make that difference to their local area. We live in challenging times, economically and socially, but the SuperValu TidyTowns competition demonstrates the power of local and the value it brings to our communities and our

Irial MacMurchu, Nemeton TV, Dungarvan and Regina Mangan, Boorkaramie, Waterford attending the launch of Veronica Canning’s new book ‘Your Brand’. In ‘YOU® Brand’, Canning shows her readers how to build their Personal Brand in just eight simple steps, proving case studies, examples and guided exercises along the way to help them take control of their brand, and bring them to

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THE Old Market House Arts Centre, Lower Main Street, Dungarvan is hosting ‘A Time for Colour’ by Maeve Doherty. Based in Glenmore, Co. Kilkenny she is best known for her seascapes and floral paintings. Watercolour is Maeve’s first love and she is a member of the Ulster Watercolour Society where she has won many awards for her work. Also showing is an interesting group show by the River Barn Artists. These are working artists who meet regularly to paint together, thus enjoying an exchange of ideas and inspiration, with work in a diversity of styles and medium. Members of the group exhibiting in this exhibition are Ann Patrick, Boyer Phelan, Felix Faulkner, Kay Scully, Rosemary Gaynor, Rita O’Connell and Maeve McManamon. On show in the upstairs gallery Seomra de Paor is a

variety of work by various artists with the addition of a special print display at very affordable prices. These shows continue until April 26th, 2014. The Basket making for beginners workshop to be held in the venue in April is

now fully booked with a cancellation list in operation. The Arts Centre is open Tuesday to Friday 11.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. (lunch 1.30 p.m. – 2.30 p.m.) and on Saturday 1.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m. Admission is free, so please visit.

Artist Maeve Doherty with County Mayor Damien Geoghegan at the launch of her ‘A Time for Colour’ exhibition in the Old Market House Arts Centre, Dungarvan.


Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 4 April, 2014

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Marking the retirement of Town Clerk, Joe O’Flaherty, with a presentation at the March meeting of Dungarvan Town Council last Monday evening are members of the Council and officials. Seated, left to right: Cllr. Ann Marie Rossiter; Town Mayor, Teresa Wright; Town Clerk, Joe O’Flaherty; Town Manager, Michael Quinn. Back row, left to right: Town Engineer, David Campion; Cllr. Gerry O’Mahony; Cllr. Nicky Sheehan; Cllr. Brendan Mansfield; Cllr. Damien Geoghegan; Cllr. Micheál Cosgrove; Cllr. Tom Higgins; and Cllr. Billy Kyne.

Council pays fitting tributes to retiring Town Clerk who had Dungarvan at heart By Paul Mooney THE March meeting of Dungarvan Town Council was a particularly poignant one for the Town Clerk, as it was his last meeting before his retirement. Joe O’Flaherty, who has held the position of Town Clerk for a long number of years, began working for Dungarvan Town Council in 1991 and held many positions at the Council. He is a native of Blackpool, Cork City, but is now considered an honorary Dungarvan man after all his hard work and effort put in during his tenure as Town Clerk. At the March meeting of the local authority, Mayor Teresa Wright expressed her thanks and gratitude to Mr. O’Flaherty on behalf of the people of Dungarvan. “It is surreal to say this is your final meeting, because you have always been here,” said Mayor Wright. “You have been extremely supportive of every Councillor and I know you took Dungarvan on as your second home.” She said members of the public had a fondness for Mr. O’Flaherty for all the work he did for the town, both publicly and behind the scenes. I n d e p e n d e n t Councillor, Dr. Tom Higgins, wished Mr. O’Flaherty a happy retire-

ment and described him as “the life and soul of the party”. “I was very impressed with the impression he made on everyone in Erie,” said Dr. Higgins. “He is a born raconteur, a very funny guy, and great company to be with. He takes his work seriously, but when he is out he can be enjoyable to meet.” Dr. Higgins said Mr. O’Flaherty took a “personalised approach to Dungarvan Town Council” and adopted the town as his own. Cllr. Damien Geoghegan (FG) said both the town and people owe Mr. O’Flaherty “a great debt of gratitude”. “You took a proactive interest in the town above and beyond the call of duty,” said Cllr. Geoghegan. “That is obvious from when we would see you out and about on Saturdays and Sundays, taking a keen personal interest in the approach roads of the town and collecting litter. “Any words cannot measure the contribution you have made to the town over the past 23 years. “It is fair to say when news broke of your pending retirement, the public comment has been oneway - saying ‘we will certainly miss Joe’. Although you are a proud son of Blackpool in Cork City, you an honorary Dungarvan man.

You have done as much for this town as anyone I can remember and your ability to work with Councillors was tremendous and you helped all of us and we worked well together. “You only have to look around the town to see the contribution you’ve made and to hear people in business community and ordinary citizens speak so highly of you says it all,” added Cllr. Geoghegan. Cllr. Micheál Cosgrove (FG) described Mr. O’Flaherty as “a fellow Corkman who came to love Dungarvan”. “You made your mark on the town,” said Cllr. Cosgrove. “You were good to new Councillors and you certainly united the Council,” he added. Cllr. Ann Marie Rossiter (FF) said Mr. O’Flaherty was a part of Dungarvan. She said that when the Tidy Towns committee asked for work to be done, there was never a request refused by him. Cllr. Gerry O’Mahony (Ind) said Mr. O’Flaherty was supportive and helpful to him as a Councillor, and as a member of Dungarvan Boxing Club. “You helped us out and ran with our ideas. You will be sorely missed,” said Cllr. O’Mahony. Cllr. Nicky Sheehan (Lab) said Mr. O’Flaherty made a great contribution to the Council and expressed thanks to him

personally and on behalf of the public. Cllr. Billy Kyne (Lab) described Mr. O’Flaherty as “a community leader” and expressed sincere thanks to him for his professional relationship and his friendship over the years. Cllr. Brendan Mansfield (SF) said Mr. O’Flaherty “transcended all graphics of the town”. “Everyone knows who Joe O’Flaherty is,” said Cllr. Mansfield. “He was friendly, took a common sense approach to matters, including industrial relations.” Town Manager, Michael Quinn, said Mr. O’Flaherty made the life of the ‘Town Manager’ position “a lot more easier”. “You did an exceptional job and the Town Manager role was easy because of the effort you put in,” said Mr. Quinn. “I’m sure the previous Town Managers, Denis McCarthy and Frank Curran, would be sad to see you go. I know the rest of the Council will be sad to see you go,” Mr. Quinn added. Mr. O’Flaherty thanked everyone for their kind comments, their professionalism ad courtesy. “It is a vital role for the Town Clerk to be in solidarity with the Councillors, rather than wasting energy fighting and disagreeing all the time,” said Mr. O’Flaherty.

“It is important that we were all on the same page for a better future for Dungarvan and make it a nice place to live.” He expressed thanks to all the indoor and outdoor Council staff, which he said had a fabulous relationship, and his executive colleagues on the Town Council. “The dynamics of a small local authority, people pull together and you become a family,” said Mr. O’Flaherty. He also expressed thanks to his predecessors, Bertie White, Ray Moloney and Brian White, who gave sound advice over the years. Mr. O’Flaherty also thanked the local media for their fairness and impartial reporting. “They have been very kind and fair to me over the years and I appreciate that, because the newspapers have a role to play in the promotion of the town and the perception of the Council that the people have and I thank them for that.” He said that going forward it was hoped that Dungarvan will go from strength to strength. He expressed best wishes to the Councillors who are standing for election in May. A presentation was made to Mr. O’Flaherty on the night, while Councillors gave Mr. O’Flaherty a standing ovation at the conclusion of events.

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25 Year Happy Hearts Appeal THE Irish Heart Foundation is inviting volunteers and supporters from Waterford to join in a special 25-year Happy Hearts Appeal anniversary celebration kindly supported by local SuperValu stores on the 14th April in the Waterford Tower Hotel. Since the Happy Hearts Appeal began in 1990, Waterford volunteers have been at the heart of the community for a quarter of a century selling happy hearts and raising vital donations to prevent the development of heart disease and stroke among children and adults in Waterford and nationwide. Irish Heart Foundation Regional Fundraising Manager for Waterford Tracy Power said:“This year we are delighted to have SuperValu on board as a partner. SuperValu believe in local and the support of their network of 223 stores at the heart of communities across Ireland will help us to communicate the importance of this campaign. Ms Power continued: “Right now 5,000 families in Ireland each year have to endure the sudden loss of a loved one to cardiac arrest when their hearts stop beating. More than 80 of these lives lost are young adults, teens and babies. For this 25th Happy Hearts Appeal, kindly supported by Supervalu, we are calling for volunteers to join us so we can deliver an urgent national CPR awareness campaign to save lives from sudden cardiac arrest.” The 25th Happy Hearts Appeal celebration will take place in the Waterford Tower Hotel on 14th April from 1.30pm and all who attend will receive an exclusive live demonstration of CPR by top Irish Heart Foundation resuscitation experts so they are equipped to react in an emergency when a heart suddenly stops beating. Register on or call Tracy Power on 087 280 0995 or call Irish Heart Foundation head office on 01-6685001. The Irish Heart Foundation is the national charity fighting heart disease and stroke and relies on public donations for 95 per cent of income. The Irish Heart Foundation is committed to best practice in fundraising and adheres to the Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising, promoting transparency, honesty and accountability.


Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 4 April, 2014

New Summer water safety programmes for Youghal By Christy Parker ENROLMENTS are being sought for two new water safety initiatives for children to be held in YoughaI in the coming months. The programmes involve the formation of a new water safety organisation and herald a new approach aimed at establishing a long-term focus on community involvement in water safety. The courses are being run in association with Cork Water Safety, which is a subsidiary of Irish Water Safety body. It is hoped and that the town will join the increasing number of regions throughout the country where a strong culture of water safety programmes is evolving. In so doing it will help Ireland’s to reach water safety parity

with its more advanced coastal counterparts around the globe. SUMMER WEEK CLASSES From July 21st -27th next, Summer Week course in swimming and water safety will be held. Swimming lessons, catering from beginners upwards, will be held at the Front Strand. Under the same scheme, which was revitalised last year after a six year hiatus, lifesaving skills will be taught at Nealon’s Quay. The Summer Week will be managed by highly trained instructors, led by Youghal Garda Sergeant Mark Ward, a former beach lifeguard. “Last July we trained over 50 people,” he recalls. “Of those 30 were in swims and about 25 in safety and rescue.”

Enrolment for Summer Week costs €30. LIFESAVING COURSES Meantime, in Redbarn in early June a weekly Lifesaving Course will be held. This will cater for all aspects of water safety and rescue, with grading under a Marlin eight-level system. The Lifesaving Course is designed to ensure that all children are extremely informed of every aspect of water safety, including proficiency in protecting themselves and others when things go wrong. “For example, lifeguards are taught that when someone is in difficulty, the last thing you do is get into the water yourself,” Mark explains. “We will teach people what rescues they can do without getting into the

water, such as Reaching rescue (can you reach them?); Throwing something, Wading out, Towing (without contact), etc. “We will also teach Resuscitation and BLS (Basic Life Support) as well as training in CPR and, at a higher (Rescue) level, defibrillator use.” Not least, the course educates children on how to recognise unsafe places and times and circumstances when swimming is inadvisable. SURF LIFESAVING In conjunction with this the branch will oversee a Surf Lifesaving programme, often described as ‘competitive Lifesaving.’ Explains Mark: “This is for all ages over the age of eight who have reached a level appropriate to swimming up to 100 metres. The categories are, Nippers (8-14), Juniors (14-

18), Seniors (18-30) and Masters. Tuition will take place all the way through to the last weekend in August.” The Surf Lifesaving programme will involve beach sprints and a sort of ‘musical chairs’ version whereby contestants race for flags. Rescue being broadly a mix of technique and physical strength, these drills tune fitness levels for a variety of rescue exercises, including rescue with a tube or on a board, rescuing two or more people, and so on. . NIPPERS The Nipper programme also tutors charges on how to negotiate shallow water. Porpoise-ing and surf bashing are two optional techniques, as running as on land guarantees a trip with a splash landing. “And if they are interested we can

arrange for them to partake in national Nipper championships,” Mark elaborates. The summer courses and cost €100. As well as the tuition, subsequent certificates of achievement and entry & transport to competitions, the charge covers provision of rash vest (t-shirt for inside wet suit) and rescue boards, while it assist the new branch in building a stockpile of equipment. Ultimately, as Mark concludes “it’s all about empowering the coming generations to understand and respect water in all its guises, to help people avoid danger and if need be, survive it and help others to do likewise.” Further and future details on: and on Facebook at Cork Surf Lifesaving

Sharp Shooting Pain into Foot and Toes By Tomás Ryan BSc., Ph. Th. MIAPT, Physical Therapist based in Clonmel & Thurles

P.J., Jack and Mags McCarthy, all from Youghal, at the annual Celebrity Donkey Derby in the East Cork Town of Youghal. The Donkey Derby is being held to raise funds for Youghal's Queen Of The Sea Festival which will take place between the 11th and 13th of July, 2014. The festival will be raising funds for Childline and the RNLI. [John Hennessy]

Painting, cleaning, gardening and home maintenance for older adults THE Avondhu Blackwater Partnership are delighted to announce that they are extending their Handyman Service and their Telephone Befriending Service for older people to the West Waterford areas of Lismore, Cappoquin, Tallow and Ballyduff. In addition to these services we intend to provide an advocacy service to assist senior citizens with problems which may arise for them, such as form filling, if they need support to raise concerns they may have about services or to access information about their rights and entitilements. People are often faced with a tough decision when it comes to choosing a handyman to enter their home or the home of their ageing parents. The ‘Community Connect’ service for older people removes any risk-taking

with handymen as they are ‘Garda Vetted’ and ‘insured’ before they enter your property or the property of your parents and the service helps to ensure that older people can live as long as possible independently in their own homes. Avondhu Blackwater Partnership continues to deliver a handyman service to senior citizens and people with a disability to carry out work that is too much for most senior citizens and too small to hire in a contractor. Our handyman, John, brings a range of skills to this service ensuring a greater array of tasks can be undertaken. Those tasks range from fitting security measures, gardening, cleaning, painting and light carpentry and John will handle as many small tasks as you need. A befriending telephone

service also provides social contact to people who may be housebound, lonely or isolated and is run by trained and experienced people. You or your ageing parent might like a light-hearted chat, discuss current affairs, the weather, garden or chat about what they got up to for the week-end. Regular chats reduce the feelings of loneliness and isolation and improve one’s quality of life and wellbeing. If you would like to receive a ‘phone call from us or indeed if you would like to book a handyman for a day, half a day or even one hour then contact Sinead or Mary at 025-33411 or email Work involving gas and electric cannot be undertaken by our handymen however we can offer you access to our register of contractors.

MORTON’S Neuroma is a condition where people experience sharp shooting pain into the ball of the foot and extending into their 3rd and 4th toe. Pins and needles can often accompany this pain and weight bearing activities such as standing and walking commonly bring about episodes of pain. The condition occurs when the plantar digital nerves that supply movement control and sensation to the muscles of the foot are compressed between the metatarsal heads of the 3rd and 4th toe. This compression between the metatarsal joint heads leads to the formation of a neuroma which is a point of nerve swelling. This neuroma is aggravated by weight bearing activities which causes compression at the metatarsal heads leading to the neuroma to refer shooting pain into the ball of the foot and toes. The condition can often be linked to people with flat feet where there is consistent falling inwards of the foot when walking (pronation) leading to excessive movement within the matertarsal joints and impingement on the plantar digital nerves. However, people who suffer from foot disorders such as Bunions, Hammer toes or high arches can possibly also develop Morton’s Neuroma.

SIGNS & SYMPTOMS OF MORTON’S NEUROMA Sharp shooting pain into the ball of the foot and extending into your toes in the region of the 3rd and 4th toes. Tingling into the space between the 3rd and 4th toes. Cramping of toes Pain is aggravated by wearing tight fitting shoes. Sharp shooting pain into 3rd and 4th toes occurs when walking Pain can be triggered by squeezing the metatarsal heads together Pain may be relieved by walking barefoot.

TREATMENT & MANAGEMENENT OF MORTON’S NEUROMA Apply ice to relieve inflammation in the acute stage Plantar metatarsal padding can be applied to the ball of the foot in order to spread the pressure away from the metatarsal heads of the 3rd & 4th toes. WEAR WIDER FITTING SHOES In cases of Morton’s Neuroma, I commonly administer light mobilisations to the joint of the foot in order to improve mobility between the joints. Light manual stretching techniques of the tendons of the front of the foot are also advantageous in helping to restore the transverse arch of the foot (see illustration). Finally exercises to strengthen and rebuild the transverse are important in order to fully achieve pain relief and normality.

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:


Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 4 April, 2014

Council to work closely with Microbrush WATERFORD County Council has been asked to work closely with the management of Microbrush to see what jobs can be retained locally, and to lobby for the best possible severance terms for any workforce who might lose their jobs. Microbrush, which is based at Clogherane, Dungarvan, in the IDA Business Park, announced on 5th March, last, that it was seeking redundancies in the manufacturing and production at its facility in Dungarvan. The company employs a total of 38 people at its Dungarvan plant, while there are 64 staff based at its USA facility in Grafton, Wisconsin. A formal 30 day consultation with staff began at the time. At the March meeting of Waterford County Council, officials were requested by Councillors to work closely with the com-

pany to see if anything can be done to reverse the situation. Cllr. Brendan Mansfield (SF) raised the issue and queried if the Council received advance notice of the proposed redundancies. Cllr. Billy Kyne (Lab) confirmed he spoke with a majority of the workforce. Cllr. Kyne called on the officials to “lobby strongly� Microbrush management, “so that the best possible settlement terms be made available to the faithful and committed workforce who drove the company over the past 15 years�. Director of Services, Lar Power, reassured Council members that officials “are in constant contact� with Microbrush and the IDA since the news broke. “We are working closely to see if there is anything we can do,� Mr. Power said.


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Ballyhea says ‘yay’ to brave Brussels bid HE admits to having no political experience and no funding, but Diarmuid O’Flynn is adamant that his decision to run in the European elections is not a “symbolic gesture”. “I’m in it to win it,” the founder of the anti-bailout group “Ballyhea Says No” told reporters as he announced his candidacy in Ireland South. The first independent to contest the enlarged constituency, O’Flynn has said he will do much of his canvassing using social media. Another vital political quality O’Flynn can lay claim to is a willingness to campaign outside in all weathers for his cause. For the last three years, O’Flynn and his north Cork crew have mounted a weekly demonstration against the EU/IMF bailout. They even took their protest to Brussels and met top EU officials includ-

ing European Council President Herman Van Rompuy. O’Flynn says he was inspired by Independent TD Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan, running in the Midlands North West constituency, who told Irish voters to “stop expecting other people to fight their fight”. Like Ming, O’Flynn believes the euro currency should be abolished, and wants payback from Europe for the €70 billion in debt he says was imposed on us. However unlike his pro-cannabis colleague, O’Flynn says he’s “very, very proEurope”. “I am totally pro-Europe, but I think it has lost control and lost direction….Sometimes to make progress you have to go back…demolish and start again,” he said.

Bankrupts should be allowed to stand for election AN Ireland South MEP has called for electoral law to be updated to allow people who have been declared bankrupt to stand for election. Under existing legislation, bankruptcy prevents people from running for a seat in either the Dáil or the European Parliament. But Labour’s Phil Prendergast has slammed the rule as “undemocratic and of a different time”. She has written letters to

both the Environment Minister Phil Hogan and Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore asking them to amend the Electoral Acts so as to allow bankrupt individuals stand in the upcoming elections. She said the move would prevent any unnecessary expense on the taxpayer resulting from contesting and appealing a case before the courts. “There is no reason whatsoever for preventing people who have been

declared bankrupt from putting themselves forward for election, and indeed I believe such rules prevent their voices from being heard, as well as the voices of hundreds of families who have been forced through the bankruptcy process,” she said. However, Ms Prendergast failed to elaborate as to how a bankrupt individual might fund an election campaign.

GAA shows peace process can be fun and games TWO of the most unique clubs in Gaelic games enjoyed a sporting challenge this week when Belgium GAA played host to a visiting team from the Police Service of Northern Ireland. The historic match played under lights in Brussels was won by the home team on 3-16 to 2-7. However, organiser Sean Kelly MEP said the real winner was the peace process. “I wanted to encourage the great work of the PSNI GAA in fostering our games and ensuring that there is positive cross-

community engagement in the North,” said Mr Kelly. The Fine Gael MEP, who is Honorary President of Belgium GAA and a former GAA President, described the PSNI club as a “key part of the peace process”. “Here’s to more such matches being played as it allows the True Gaels of the PSNI to play our games North and South, in Europe and beyond,” he said. The PSNI GAA club trip to Brussels was sponsored by Kukri Sports, led by Managing Director Terry Jackson.

Fine Gael boasts two “MEPs of the Year” FINE Gael may be under fire at home, but in Europe the party is flavour of the month, with two MEPs winning recognition from their peers at an annual awards ceremony. Ireland South MEP Sean Kelly was voted MEP of the Year for the Digital Agenda, while his Midlands North West colleague Jim Higgins scooped the prize for MEP of the Year in Transport. Mr. Kelly’s accolade follows his work on the EU’s recent Data Protection bill, hailed as the biggest global reform to privacy laws in the past 20 years. Speaking at the ceremony, Mr. Kelly dedicated his award to all the volunteers and activists engaged

in making Ireland more “tech savvy and digitally aware,” singling out the work of the not-for- profit computer clubs CoderDojo. Mr. Higgins meanwhile was rewarded for his “outstanding contribution” to EU transport legislation. Over the last five years, Mr. Higgins has contributed to laws on electronic tolling, air passenger rights, car testing and road safety through his work on the European Parliament’s Transport Committee. He thanked his fellow MEPs and said an effective, coherent EU transport policy was vital for keeping the Irish and European economy moving.

Left To Right: Niamh Connolly, Dungarvan committee; Betty Dillon, Waterford committee; Nicola O’Leary, Electric Ireland; Teresa Wright, Mayor of Dungarvan; Sean Kelly MEP; Joan Freeman, CEO of Pieta House, and John Cummins, Mayor of Waterford. [Willie Dempsey]

Launch of Waterford’s Darkness into Light fundraising campaign for Pieta House A LARGE crowd turned out at Waterford’s City Hall on Tuesday, 25th March as Joan Freeman, CEO of suicide and self-harm crisis centre Pieta House, launched Waterford’s Darkness into Light event with Electric Ireland for 2014. Taking place on Saturday, 10th May, Darkness into Light is a unique, early morning fundraising event which begins in darkness at 4.15am as thousands of people walk or run a 5km route while dawn is breaking. Dungarvan has hosted Darkness into Light annually since 2012 and this year, for the first time, there will be a second Waterford venue in Waterford City. Speaking at the launch,

Joan Freeman said: “Dungarvan has been a really successful venue for Darkness into Light so I’m delighted that Waterford has also come on board this year. I want to thank everyone throughout the county who has supported us over the past number of years and I hope we’ll have huge numbers out in Waterford and Dungarvan on the morning of the 10th May. We’re also delighted to have the support of Electric Ireland again this year who are helping us to expand Darkness into Light into every corner of Ireland.” The launch was attended by nearly 70 supporters, including the Mayor of Waterford, John Cummins, the Mayor of Dungarvan,

Teresa Wright, Sean Kelly MEP, Waterford Marine Search and Rescue, the Irish Coast Guard, the Ambulance Service, the Scouts, representatives from Sun Life and Nicola O’Leary representing Darkness into Light’s sponsor, Electric Ireland. Darkness into Light 2013 attracted 40,000 participants in 20 locations around Ireland. With this year’s event taking place in an incredible 39 locations including international walks in London and Sydney, Pieta House is hoping for a near doubling of last year’s turnout. Waterford City’s Darkness into Light event sets off from the Regional Sports Centre while the

Dungarvan walk moves to a new venue at St. Augustine’s College, Duckpool to accommodate the large numbers expected. Online registration and further details are available now at This year, Pieta House is linking Darkness into Light with their Mind Our Men campaign which aims to reduce male suicide in Ireland. They are asking participants to bring a male friend or family member with them on the walk – it could be a friend, brother, father or work colleague. For more information on Darkness into Light in Waterford and Dungarvan, contact Kieran O’Brien on 061-484448.

Council congratulates new GAA Treasurer CONGRATULATIONS were extended from Waterford County Council to one of its former employees on being elected treasurer of the Munster GAA Council. At the March meeting of the County

Council, Cllr. John O’Leary (FF) proposed the vote of congratulations to Anthony Walsh, a former employee of the County Council, who was recently elected to the Munster Council as Treasurer.

“He takes up that position this week,” said Cllr. O’Leary. “He is a long serving member of the Waterford County Board and given 28 years service as Secretary to the Western Board,” he added.

Getting the right advice on Nutrition for Teens in Sport SPORT seems so much more serious now for our children and for our teenagers in particular. Our teens are developing their sport and skills to a higher level and intensity. They are training, improving their skills and learning from those senior athletes around them. However teenagers are not the same as senior athletes, and therefore training and preparation needs to be modified to suit the needs of a growing body.

A seminar on Nutrition for Teens in Sport aims to highlight how important the correct nutrition and nutrition habits are for teenagers who play sports at an intensive level. Taking place as part of the upcoming West Waterford Festival of Food, Aoife Hearne, dietician from Waterford, and recognised from her recent Operation Transformation successes, will provide the expert advice here. Aoife, herself

a former athlete, will share her expert view on developing good eating habits for a future sporting life, planning to have the right nutrition available at the right times, and planning for the teen’s body to be in the best condition for their sport, and for the future. Alongside Aoife, Niamh Briggs, Ladies World Rugby Player of the Year, and Jamie Nagle, Waterford Intercounty Senior Hurler, will share with the audience

what it was like for them as teens, and what they have learned about the importance of nutrition for their sporting careers and lives. Teenagers, parents and coaches should all find this to be of interest. Tickets are available online at WestWaterfordFestivalof, on the West Waterford Festival of Food facebook page, or from The Wine Buff, Grattan Square, Dungarvan.


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April 10th to 13th Tickets available online and from The Wine Buff, Dungarvan

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Members of the RNLI – Dolores Walsh, Terence Morrissey, Oliver Clancy, Liam Harty and Josephine Harty pictured with Esther Barron from Barron's Bakery; Paul Clerkin, Donal Connolly, Catherine Kavanagh and Aniela Radwanska from West Waterford Festival of Food at the launch of the West Waterford Festival of Food 2014 at King John's Castle, Dungarvan. [David Clynch Photography]

Seafood Saturday - Cois Ce (beside the Quay) ARRR Me Maties.....come join us on the Saturday afternoon of the Festival of Food on the quay for a wonderful display of everything seafood and water based fun! This year for the first time the Festival has joined up with the RNLI and the Dungarvan Sailing Club along with local seafood businesses and restaurants to showcase the best of our local talents, resources and amenities with a fun filled afternoon by the quay in Dungarvan. This new event to the festival weekend is kicking off at 1.30 p.m. with music, seafood stalls and food demonstrations. The RNLI will be carrying out safety checks on life jackets for anyone who wants to bring their lifejacket along on the day and truly look the part! The Duck race will be ‘quacking’ off at 3.00 p.m. from the Pond area and the first duck under the Devonshire Bridge at the quay wins. There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Ducks can be

bought at a number of local businesses around the town - each duck costs €3 or 2 for €5 – there will be some ducks available to buy on the day before the race from the RNLI stand on the quay and in the sailing club. The Dungarvan kayaking club will be marshalling the race and ensuring that no stray ducks make a break for the high seas! On the day there will be an array of all things seafood with stalls and pop-up demos to delight everyone. You will be able to sample and buy the best of local produce including the Moorings seafood chowder, Interlude mussels in craft beer, Indian Ocean Fish curry, Garvey’s Supermarket Fish stall, and many, many more. Pat Hickey of Helvick Seafood will have a fabulous display of fish and shellfish to tempt you and Rory Morahan, the Druid Chef will be demonstrating delicious old Irish seafood recipes with a modern twist.

There will be lots of activities in the water including sailing, canoeing, kayaking and plenty more aqua activities, while on the quay there will be plenty to see and do for all the family including the Ardmore Adventure Climbing wall, face painting, music and dancing. Also on sale on the day and all over the festival weekend will be tickets to a fund raising raffle for the Festival of Food and the RNLI to raise needy funds for the incredible work of both organisations; tickets are €5 each or 3 for €10, the draw takes place at 3.30 p.m. on Sunday, 13th April, at the Famers & Country Market in Grattan Square. There is a wonderful array of sponsored prizes on offer: 1st Prize: Complete Kayak Kit: An Islander Calypso Kayak, paddle, buoyancy aid, helmet & lessons package from Ardmore Adventures. (Value €650). 2nd Prize: A midweek night break for two with Dinner (Tasting Menu) in the Cliff House Hotel,

Ardmore (value €400). 3rd Prize:Two nights B&B + one Dinner in Lawlors Hotel, Dungarvan for two people sharing. (Value €300). 4th Prize: Two B&B + one Dinner in The Park Hotel, Dungarvan for two people sharing. (Value €300). 5th Prize: One B&B for two people sharing + one round of Golf for two in Glasson Country House Hotel & Golf Club. (Value €250). 6th Prize: Musto Sailing Jacket. (Value €200). 7th Prize: One day Cookery Demonstration Course in The Tannery Cookery School. Value €150. Check out the window display at Kelly’s old pharmacy on O’Connell St. (beside Rossiter’s butchers) for full details of these prizes. We would like to welcome everyone to stroll around and enjoy the atmosphere of what is hopefully a wonderfully sunny afternoon on the quay!

Ciara Conway confirms Dungarvan Maternity Services will reopen in April LABOUR TD Ciara Conway has received confirmation that Maternity Services will re-open in Dungarvan on April 14th. “I’ve been keeping tabs on this issue for the some time and my offices have had calls from some very concerned mothers-to-be in, questioning why we didn’t seem to have an ante-natal clinic anymore,” said Ciara Conway. “Naturally I am keen to protect the services we have in Waterford, and I want ensure that adequate services are available across the county.” “Last year, I raised the issue of maternity services in Dungarvan with the HSE. The response at the time was that the mid-

wiferyled ante-natal clinic ceased due to staffing issues, which related to sick leave. In December we were assured that the service will be back up and running in midJanuary. Clearly that wasn’t what happened, but I’m pleased that I’ve finally received notice of the definitive date for the reopening of the service – that’s April 14th just over a fortnight from now”, said Deputy Conway. “Pregnancy is tiring enough as it is, so I'm pleased that women from West Waterford won't have to travel all the way to Waterford City for services like these. I welcome the fact that mothers-to-be will be able to attend the clinic locally.”

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Local Elections - news and views ... Local and European Elections: 23rd May, 2014. Electoral Districts: Dungarvan / Lismore (8 seats); Comeragh (6 seats); Tramore / City West (6 seats); Waterford City East (6 seats); Waterford City South (6 seats)

Kiladangan road to be repaired - O’Donnell AN Independent candidate in the local elections has been assured that work will be carried out on a section of road in Dungarvan which has ‘craters’ for potholes. Seamus O’Donnell, from Old Parish, said he was contacted by numerous people over the state of the road at Kiladangan, which has its junction with the N72 (old Military Road) beside Radley’s Engineering. Mr. O’Donnell said that there are at least 14 houses along that road and vehicles are being damaged going up and down the road over the past week. “I contacted the Council and logged the complaint about the state of the road,” Mr. O’Donnell said. “I have been assured that the road will be repaired.” COLLIGAN Mr. O’Donnell said he has received reports about potholes at the rear of the GAA field in Colligan. “There are huge pot-

Seamus O’Donnell on the road at Kiladangan. holes at that location and the Council have been told. I have contacted the Council and been assured

that work will be done there to repair the road,” he said. LICKEY BRIDGE Meanwhile, Mr. O’Donnell said that engineers have carried out tests on the Lickey Bridge and found nothing wrong with the structure. He has requested that the road, which runs from Clashmore to Kinsalebeg, be resurfaced at Lickey Bridge for safety reasons. “I was told that the road will be resurfaced when the weather is suitable,” Mr. O’Donnell added. CLASHMORE Mr. O’Donnell said he has contacted Waterford County Council in relation to potholes at Clashmore, on the road between Ardmore and Lismore. “The road from Youghal into Ardmore, from Summerhill Cross also needs attention.” Mr. O’Donnell said he hoped the Council would attend to the roads shortly.

Old Parish road repairs to be included this year - Cronin ROAD repairs for the main road in Old Parish have been included in this year’s Road Works Programme, a local Councillor has highlighted. Cllr. Tom Cronin (FF) said where the repair work finished at the cross of the standing stones last year, the works would be taken up again in this year’s programme and continue from the cross towards John Paul Walsh’s pub and the school. Cllr. Cronin welcomed the inclusion of the road in this year’s Road Works Programme, after raising concerns with the road at various Council meetings over the past number of months. Cllr. Cronin also welcomed works on roads around West Waterford. He said that 3,000 metres of surface dressing will be carried out at the Lower Road, Hacketstown, Old Parish. Surface dressing is to be carried out at Liskeelty, while there will be 1,000 metres of the road at Lissarow to be reconstructed. Cllr. Cronin said 900 metres of road from Clonea Middle to Clonea Upper is

“However, it is hoped that we can get a lot more done if we get a second allocation of funding,” Cllr. Cronin said. “The engineers are hoping that another allocation of funding for road works will be announced in the coming weeks,” added Cllr. Cronin.

Cllr. Tom Cronin to be given surface dressing. Surface dressing will also be carried out at Colligan Church, along with reconstruction of the road. “The road at Colligan will be reshaped and then tar and chipped,” Cllr. Cronin said. “1,000 metres of surface dressing will also be carried out from Colligan Bridge to Coolnasmear School,” he said. The road at Ballyguiry West will have 500 metres of reconstruction carried out. Cllr. Cronin said that the road into Ardmore has been given 500 metres of surfacing.

DAMAGED footpaths in Seapark, Abbeyside, will be repaired later this year, it was confirmed to a local Councillor. Cllr. Tom Cronin (FF) said he raised concern a number of times at Council meetings about the state of the footpaths in Seapark. “I have now received a commitment that those footpaths will be repaired this year,” said Cllr. Cronin. “Work should start on those footpaths around mid-May. “There are about five or six different sections of the footpaths, which were damaged by the roots of trees. The Council will take out the damaged footpath and replace it with concrete.” Cllr. Cronin welcomed the fact that work should start on the footpaths at Seapark in mid-May.

Sinn Féin candidates on the campaign trail in Dungarvan SINN Féin candidates in the local elections, Siobhán Whelan and Louise Brierley were on the election campaign trail around Dungarvan last Friday and were joined by Sinn Féin’s Ireland South European Election candidate, Liadh Ní Riada and Senator David Cullinane. The Sinn Féin team were canvassing the West Waterford area and meeting with members of the public to chat and discuss issues affecting the district. Sinn Féin is running the biggest number candidates in the local and European elections in the history of the party. There are 350 local election candidates running in every local authority election areas, north and south, while all four European seats for Ireland will be contested by the party, on 23rd May, next. At a press conference in Lawlor’s Hotel, Dungarvan, last Friday, the three candidates outlined their campaign for a local and European level. LIADH NÍ RIADA Ms. Ní Riada, from the Cork Gaeltacht of Baile Mhic Ire, is the youngest daughter of iconic composer and musician Seán Ó Riada, and she has over 20 years experience working as a producer and director with RTÉ and TG4. Ms. Ní Riada previously worked as Sinn Féin’s National Irish Officer. A mother of three children, Ms. Ní Riada said she is very much aware of the challenges bound up with social inequalities which families have to deal with and expressed deep concern about the increase in child poverty and the reappearance of ‘soup kitchens’ and ‘penny dinners’ in various towns and cities across the country. Ms. Ní Riada said that she has seen, first hand, the impacts of austerity and fervently believes that policies which target families, lowpaid workers, unemployed, and the vulnerable must be vigorously opposed. She said the interests of Ireland are not currently well represented in Europe and the voice of the Irish people needs to be strengthened. Ms. Ní Riada said it angered her the way Irish people have been treated, with high emigration and unemployment, she said it can’t continue. “There is a huge disconnect between an EU level and local / national level and that is one of the things I want to address, so grass roots will have an engagement with the EU,” said Ms. Ní

Left to right: Sinn Féin’s European Election candidate for Ireland South Liadh Ní Riada; Senator David Cullinane; with local election candidates Siobhan Whelan and Louise Brierley, on the campaign trail in Dungarvan last Friday. Riada. LOUISE BRIERLEY Ms. Brierley moved to Ireland 20 years ago, living in Ballyduff for ten years, and Lismore for the other ten years. While a relatively newcomer to politics, she felt herself drawn to Sinn Féin because of the situation with unemployment and the policies of the past number of governments. “Those governments have not been proactive in helping local people and creating jobs and they don’t seem to be supportive in a way that they should be,” said Ms. Brierley. “Sinn Féin’s policies suited me and I also agree with the argument for a United Ireland. I believe it would help us economically. “Sinn Féin has a lot of weight behind their arguments which is where I arrived at my decision in joining Sinn Féin.” Ms. Brierley who has a love for West Waterford, pointed out that in the Lismore area, there has never been a Sinn Féin Councillor and no-one has ever stood for Sinn Féin in Lismore Electoral Area. Ms. Brierley described it as “an honour” to stand for Sinn Féin in the Lismore area. “But it is new territory, and it will be very interesting,” she said. Ms. Brierley said there are many issues affecting rural West Waterford, including austerity, unemployment and emigration. “I see it everywhere.There are many houses empty in the area I live,” said Ms. Brierley. “It feels like rural areas are being decimated. A lot of shops and small to medium businesses in towns and villages are closing their doors because the commercial rates have really hit them.” Another issue Ms. Brierley was very vocal on, was the

filling of 10,000 positions in the computer and technology industry, which could not be filled over the past couple of years. “We didn’t have enough computer programmers and schools are not covering those areas needed for those skills,” she said. “We are not really looking at what areas we need to move in to create more employment and ensure our people have the skills needed. “If we have the right skills and training, it would be easy to fill job positions.” Ms. Brierley also felt that the IT sector could be a big contributor to keeping rural Ireland alive. “There is scope there and many people opt to work from home,” she pointed out. SIOBHAN WHELAN Siobhan, a mother of three, is from Carriglea, Dungarvan, and works in Carriglea Cairde Services where she is also a Union representative. Ms. Whelan says she is from a traditional republican family and Sinn Féin has always been her party. In 1983, Ms. Whelan was forced to emigrate to America, where she spent six years. “I was one of the povertystricken people of the 80s and had to go to America,” she said. She returned to Ireland in 1990, in time for the Celtic Tiger which hit the country resulting in the current recession now experienced by the Irish people. Ms. Whelan said she is committed to social justice, workers’ rights and a better future for the people of Dungarvan and West Waterford. She is a strong critic of the government’s austerity agenda and the cruel cuts of recent years.

“When I was asked to run in the local elections for Sinn Féin, I was delighted,” said Ms. Whelan. “I love Dungarvan and West Waterford, and I believe we are being hard done by, in relation to the unemployment situation.” She pointed out that her oldest child has been forced to emigrate to find work, and her husband, Martin, is currently unemployed. “So the current issues, such as unemployment and emigration has hit home for me,” said Ms. Whelan. She also pointed out that she knows how hard businesses have been hit by the recent commercial rates increase. “My sister has a business in Dungarvan, so I know what the rates are doing to businesses,” she said. Another issue which is close to Ms. Whelan is trying to keep the Gaeltacht areas of An Rinn and Helvick alive and kicking. “I hope, at local level, to try and push the needs of local communities forward,” said Ms. Whelan. “More could be done locally to get the IDA and Enterprise Ireland into Dungarvan and West Waterford, because this area is a blackspot for job losses and unemployment. We are not shouting loud enough about these things. “There is an issue with Dungarvan Town Council being abolished in the amalgamation of Waterford County and City Councils, so we need a strong voice for this area, and I believe I am that voice - to move forward with issues and have a vision for our part of the country, and not get swallowed up in this amalgamation of the Councils, a fear which is genuinely felt in the Dungarvan and West Waterford area,” Ms. Whelan added.


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Council asked to put additional pressure on Irish Water over Seven Villages Sewerage Scheme WATERFORD County Council was encouraged to put pressure on Irish Water to advance the Seven Villages Sewerage Scheme. At the March meeting of the local authority, Cllr. Ger Barron (Lab) said he was aware of the Council engaging with Irish Water and took an opportunity himself to canvass Environment Minister Phil Hogan on the matter recently.

“I feel the scheme is slipping back, and we were so close to completion of the vital scheme for County Waterford,” he said. “I would request the Council to write to the Environment Minister and John Tierney, head of Irish Water, to highlight how important this scheme is for the county,” added Cllr. Barron. Concurring, Cllr. John Pratt (Lab)

said the scheme needs to get moving. “I know it is in the hands of Irish Water, but it has gone way beyond the time when the scheme should have been completed,” said Cllr. Pratt. “Some of the schemes should have been fully completed in June of this year,” he pointed out. “I feel we need to put a lot of pressure on this to get it moving,” Cllr. Pratt added.

Council told to take up LPT issues with Revenue PEOPLE who have issues with the Local Property Tax (LPT) being taken from their salary / wages / payments need to take it up with Revenue. At the March meeting of Waterford County Council, Cllr. Pat Fitzgerald (SF) pointed out that the LPT is being taken from his representational allowance which is paid by the

Council. “The LPT is being taken from my allowance without my permission,” Cllr. Fitzgerald told the Council. “I want to query it, because I am not a full property owner. I only own 50 percent of the property. It is a little unfair that I should have to pay 100 percent of the LPT.”

He asked where the Council stands legally on the matter. Head of Finance, John Murphy said payroll is instructed by Revenue to make deductions. “We can’t change it,” said Mr. Murphy. “Individuals should take up any issues with Revenue,” he added.

Good news for local Motor Dealers and their customers as First Citizen Finance launches in the South-East …

€150m credit facility available for new and used cars and vans LOCAL motor dealers and their customers have been given a huge boost with the recent launch of First

Citizen Finance, a car finance company which has secured funding of €150m with a group of interna-

tional lenders to provide motor finance products for new and used passenger cars and vans.The First Citizen’s

Local motor dealers and their customers have been given a huge boost with the recent launch of First Citizen Finance, a car finance company which has secured funding of €150m with a group of international lenders to provide motor finance products for new and used passenger cars and vans. The First Citizen’s suite of products will be available through approved motor dealerships in the area and will be open to individual motorists as well as business users and companies. Pictured at the launch of “First Citizen” are (l. to r.): David Dickenson, Waterford Motor Village; Brian Fitzgerald, First Citizen Finance; John C. Flood, Dungarvan Nissan.

suite of products will be available through approved motor dealerships in the area and will be open to individual motorists as well as business users and companies. Up to 100 local dealers were among those who attended the high-profile First Citizen launch event in the Maryborough House Hotel earlier this month. Brian Fitzgerald, Southeast Representative, First Citizen Finance said, “This is a good news story for dealers in the area and for their customers who are in the market to buy a new or used car. First Citizen is open for business and we are looking forward to supporting the motor industry and the motoring public in the region.” Brian, who has many years experience in the Motor Finance Industry is inviting dealers in the area to contact him at (087) 253 6774. First Citizen has also taken up sponsorship of Norah Casey’s Auto Ireland Buyers Guide. A free copy of the 2014 guide is now available online at

White Spelt Flour Back in Stock 54 Main Street, Dungarvan. Tel./Fax: 058 23901

Council seeking nominations for Pride of Place Awards WATERFORD County Council is looking to nominate group(s) to the All-Ireland Pride of Place Awards. Director of Services, Michael Quinn, told Councillors at the March meeting of

Waterford County Council that any groups they think should be nominated should be advised to the Council. “We’ll then look to see which groups to nominate,” said Mr. Quinn.

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Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 4 April, 2014

Health Check Breakfast with Quantum Life WOULD you like to attend this breakfast next Monday, 7th April? Health Check Breakfast with Quantum Life. When: Monday, 7th April, 2014. Time: 7.30 – 9.00 a.m. Where: The Park Hotel, Dungarvan. Cost: Free for members. Quantum Life offers you a Breakfast Morning Event in conjunction with World Health Day. Each guest can avail of a Private health Check which includes Weight, Blood Pressure and BMI check. Following the basic health checks a Healthy

Breakfast will be available for all guests who can sit and enjoy each others company before their busy day ahead. Quantum Life will be giving a brief talk about what services they offer and will be informing attendees about the Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber Health Insurance Scheme where people can avail of Discounted Corporate Rates on their policies. To book contact tel. 058 45054 email There is a max capacity for this breakfast so make sure you book early!

The Garda Team which won the 'Blue Light Fight Night' Challenge in the Dungarvan Sports Centre in aid of the Fionn Murray Fund.

[Dan McGrath/Editorial Images]

Fall in crime figures nationally reflected in Waterford Garda Division By Christy Parker THEFT and related offences continue to be the largest crime sector in the Waterford Garda Division according to the latest crime figures compiled by the Central Statistics Office. The stats refer to the fourth quarter (4Q) of 2013. The number of such offences stands at 520 but on a positive side, marks a drop from 668 for the same period in 2013. Public Order & Social Code Offences represents the next most prominent law infringement and is given as 309, compared to 287 for the previous 4Q year.

REDUCTIONS Overall, crime in the area is seen to have been reduced, in accordance with the trend nationally. Other noticeable declines in the Waterford Region show Criminal Damage (not arson) at 191 (from 301), Damage to Property & Environment 211 (from 324) and Attempts/Threats to Murder, Assaults, Harassments and Related Offences at 113 (from 159). There was a reduction in Rape and Sexual Assault from 17 to 11 and in more general Sexual Offences from 17 to 13. Other Assaults were down to 71 (from 109.) Thefts other than from shops or person

and Handling of Stolen Property was reduced to 296 (from 358), while Controlled Drug Offences were down to 110 (from 139). Drink Driving figures remained equal at 58. SOME INCREASES On a negative note, there was an increase in Burglary and Related Offences to 221 (from 211), Liquor Licencing Offences doubled to 24, Disorderly Conduct to 261 (from 253) and Thefts from Shops were up to 257 (from 240). Driving/In Charge of a Vehicle under the influence of Drugs rose from 1 to 3. Almost bizarrely, given the proliferation of illegal dumping, there was just one

litter offence recorded, compared to zero for the same period in 2012! That said, the offence may be recorded under Damage to Property and to the Environment. The total for Human Trafficking detection remained unchanged at zero, which suggests there is either no problem, or perhaps insufficient resources to tackle it. There was no change in the murder rate of zero either. WELCOME TREND Overall, the statistics across 141 categories represent a positive landscape with crime, while never at an acceptable level, showing a welcome decline.The picture for the Waterford

Garda Division reflects a trend throughout the South Eastern Region (Waterford, Kilkenny/Carlow, Wexford and Tipperary. Acting

Garda Commissioner Noirín O'Sullivan says the decreasing rates “reflect the commitment and hard work by An Garda

Síochána,” who must welcome the thumbs up at a time of particular disquiet amongst the public and the service.

SOUTH EASTERN DIVISION Compact statistics for the South Eastern Division q4 2013, with increase/reduction over Q4 2012 in brackets, are as follows: Homicide Offences 8 (-7) Sexual Offences 306 (-27) Attempts/Threats to Murder, Assaults, Harassments and Related Offences: 1,710 (-227) Dangerous or Negligent Acts 1,050 (-242) Kidnapping and Related Offences 12 (-2) Robbery, Extortion and Hijacking Offences 142 (-40) Burglary and Related Offences 3,719 (+125) Theft and Related Offences 7,040 (-220) Fraud, Deception and Related Offences 416 (-75) Controlled Drug Offences 1,623 (-186) Weapons and Explosives Offences 295 (-14) Damage to Property and to the Environment 3,084 (-347) Public Order and Other Social Code Offences 4,710 (-716) Offence against Government, Justice Procedure and Organisation of Crime 583 (-104)

Volunteers needed for the 2014 Waterford Festival of Food

The Emergency Services Team which took part in the 'Blue Light Fight Night' in Dungarvan Sports Centre in aid of the Fionn Murray Fund.[Dan McGrath/Editorial Images]

VOLUNTEERS are needed in the run up to the Festival as well as over the weekend of the festival in a variety of areas including administration, stewarding, catering, first aid, hosting tours and events, and creative tasks. As our festival grows and grows, so too does our need for more volunteers. The festival committee would be delighted if you could spend a few hours helping them to run events over the weekend 10th-13th April, 2014. To volunteer for this year's festival, download the volunteer forms, which must be completed and returned to the festival office. We welcome participation by people aged 16 years and over, however for youths aged 16 to 18 years a Parental Consent Form must accompany their application. Catherine Kavanagh, Tel: 058 21433, Mobile: 086 0262017 Festival Office, The Court House Dungarvan. West Waterford Festival of Food, Dungarvan.



Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 4 April, 2014

SuperValu Stores across Waterford contribute to €100,000 donation to Focus Ireland SUPERVALU, Ireland’s leading community supermarket, has donated €100,000 to Focus Ireland. As part of SuperValu’s ongoing commitment to Irish communities, 14 cent from every 19 cent bag of carrots, net of brussel sprouts and melons sold in the days before Christmas 2013

Nichola Beresford (third left) has the lucky entry in the Dalton Jewellers / Dungarvan Observer Competition in conjunction with the Soroptimist Bridal Fair in Lawlors Hotel last Sunday. With her are from left: Damien Geoghegan, Mayor of County Waterford, Carmel Keith, President, Dungarvan Soroptimists and Alan Dalton, Dalton Jewellers. [Tom Keith]

New S92 Search and rescue Helicopter named at Waterford Airport THE Irish Coast Guard Sikorsky S92 Search and Rescue helicopter based at Waterford Airport has been officially named ‘Cara na Mara’. The new helicopter which is currently serving the South and South-eastern region was unveiled at the Waterford Airport based earlier this year along with a competition for the public to name the new Helicopter via the Waterford Airport Facebook page and via Beat 102/103. Eilish Meade from Passage East was the

lucky winner who named the new helicopter ‘Cara na Mara’. James Doherty from Cheekpoint, Clara Hogan from Brownstown and Craig Hartnett were runners-up in the competition. All of the lucky runners up and the winner were taken for a flight in the new helicopter. Commenting on the naming of the SAR Helicopter at Waterford Airport, Irish Coast Guard Declan Geoghegan, Operations Manager said, “We are delighted to have such a great and very

appropriate name win this competition, we do want to thank everyone who took the time to enter this competition. We had an enormous level of interest and great suggestions.Well done to Eilish, who submitted the winning name.” Desmond O’Flynn, CEO, Waterford Airport, added:“Waterford Airport is privileged to work with the Irish Coast Guard and all of the crew here at the Waterford base. ‘Cara na Mara’ or ‘Friend of the Sea’ is a perfectly appropriate name for not only the heli-

copter but for all of the work that is carried out by the Irish Coast Guard in the South East region.” The new S92 Helicopter will now enables the crew to increase their range to 270 miles, reach a top speed of 160 miles per hour, carry a greater number of casualties, and operate in more adverse weather conditions than its forerunner. It also carries out taskings for the HSE including transporting patients or organs for transplants to the UK. • For further details see

Pictured at the Waterford Airport SAR Hangar are the crew of Rescue 117 with Irish Coastguard Operations Manager Declan Geoghegan and the winner and runners-up from the competition to name the new helicopter, James Doherty from Cheekpoint, Clara Hogan from Brownstown and Craig Hartnett and the overall winner Eilish Meade from Passage East, Pilots Danny Wright and [Noel Browne] Rob Goodbody, Winchman Richard Wallace and Winch Op Christy Mahady.

were donated to Focus Ireland. All 4 SuperValu Stores across Waterford contributed to the campaign encouraging sales of carrots, brussel sprouts and melons in an effort to further enhance SuperValu’s charitable contribution to Focus Ireland. The SuperValu brand

continues to invest more in communities across the country than any other grocery retailer. SuperValu retailers, who own and operate stores in their local communities, contributed over €2.8m. to over 4,000 charitable organisations across Ireland last year.

Tickets on sale for Youghal Rugby Club’s 50th Anniversary Dinner & Dance By Christy Parker

TICKETS are now available for Youghal Rugby Club’s 50th anniversary dinner dance on Sunday, May 4th. The four-course event will be hosted at the club’s headquarters in Frogmore, starting “at 8 pm sharp,” according to equally sharp Club President Norman MacDonald. Dress code will be sharp as well, with formal attire a requisite. Music will be provided by well-known and highly appreciated Arcadia. The guest speaker will be former Irish international out-half Barry McGann (who, incidentally, also once

played for Ireland’s under18 soccer side against a Dutch team that included a young Johan Cruyff). The four-course meal will be catered by Le Gourmet, North Main Street. The night’s proceedings will be overseen and conducted by Master of Ceremonies Risteard Mulcahy. There is bound to be a scrummage for tickets which, costing €40, can be purchased from Charlie O’Neill (087-2219007); Risteard Mulcahy (0872399086); Pad Joe Terry (087-2457042) or Norman MacDonald (0863710389). DOWN THE LINE... The club’s annual awards

night will be held on Friday, May 2nd. Then on Saturday, May 3rd Youghal will enjoy the honour of hosting a Junior Inter-pro game between Ulster and Munster. Game starts at 3 o’clock –sharp of course. Meanwhile, the club wishes to take an early opportunity to wish the Youghal Rugby ‘mini’s (under 13’s) swuad the very best of on its Wales tour on April 25th-27th. Finally, the President thanks the Old Imperial Hotel for its sponsorship of last Sunday’s Junior League encounter against Presentation from Limerick, which the visitors unfortunately won 24-12.

The Language People Summer Camps 2014 ADULTS The Language People are now enrolling for new language classes commencing in April. French, Spanish, Italian and German classes are available for adult learners of all levels. NEW An Irish class for beginners will commence on Wednesday, 7th April, at 7.00 p.m. PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN Language learning at an early age has proved to be extremely successful. Enroll now for children’s classes commencing in April. SUMMER CAMPS Language learning combined with lots of fun activities in the Summer months.

Summer Camps Junior Senior

French 9th-13th June 11th-15th August

Junior Senior

Irish 30th June-4th July 21st-25th July

Junior Senior

Spanish 16th-20th June 18th-22nd August

Junior Senior

German 23rd-27th June 21st- 25th July 28th July- 1st August

Junior = 2nd–3rd Year students in September 2014 Senior = 5th–6th Year students in September 2014



Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 4 April, 2014

Cheaper alternative to pylons and new health threat revealed at public meeting TWO worrying details which emerged from a public meeting hosted by the seven anti-pylons groups in County Waterford last Friday, is that there is a new unknown health danger associated with pylons and high tension powerlines, and there is a cheaper and better solution to massive pylons blighting the countryside. The meeting, held in Lawlor’s

Hotel, Dungarvan, last Friday, was well attended by members of the public. Guest speaker, Thomas Kemp a Nuclear Scientist from Germany, now living in Ring, highlighted that there is a newer danger from powerlines and pylons - static electricity - which recent research is only uncovering and is likely more dangerous that EMFs, because

it attracts pollutants and cancercausing particles around high tension powerlines. Second guest speaker, Malcolm Browne, an energy analyist from BW Energy, outlined a much more cheaper and effective solution to the pylons, by converting the power station at Moneypoint from coal to biomass - a move which would save the Irish taxpayer billions of euro,

compared with EirGrid’s Gridlink / Grid25 project. The meeting has called on a moratorium on all pylon and wind turbine projects until the country’s renewable energy action plan is reviewed and reassessed in order to take stock of today’s engineering advances and economic implications of using outdated ‘relics’ such as pylons.

A minature pylon model which was displayed at the public meeting last Friday evening.

Biomass a viable alternative to pylons and cost a lot less than wind power - Energy Analyst By Paul Mooney A GENUINE alternative to EirGrid’s Grid25 / Gridlink project which will save the Irish people approximately €3.4bn was highlighted at a public meeting hosted by the anti-pylon groups in County Waterford. The interesting alternative was put to the meeting, held at Lawlor’s Hotel, Dungarvan, by Malcolm Brown, an energy analyst with BW Energy. He said a report published last week by BW Energy, which is available to view at highlights a pylon-free alternative to EirGrid’s Gridlink project which will cost a lot less, and that is the conversion of Ireland’s largest power station, Moneypoint, County Clare, from coal to biomass. “Biomass is a green energy crop which if it is burnt to generate electricity, is treated as a renewable electricity generation,” Mr. Brown told the meeting. “The crop will be carefully monitored to be sustainable and be a form of green energy production. If Moneypoint is con-

verted, Ireland will meet its 2020 target of 40 percent renewable energy in one stroke. “It will avoid the need for Grid25 and pylons and wind turbines infrastructure, and save the Irish people €3.4bn - that is a lot of hospitals and schools,” Mr. Brown pointed out. He highlighted that converting Moneypoint would make €3.8bn of wind power related costs unnecessary and the €3.2bn Grid25 project and €0.6bn additional interconnector to stablise the power network would no longer be necessary. The cost of converting Moneypoint would cost €380m, a tenth of the cost of EirGrid’s upgrading the transmission system to accommodate additional wind. Mr. Brown said that the idea of converting Moneypoint was not some laboratory experiment. He said it is already happening at the Drax power plant in north Yorkshire, England. The Drax power plant is four times the size of Moneypoint. Mr. Brown said the conversion of Moneypoint from coal to biomass “ensures security of supply and offers scope for a local bio-

Malcolm Brown, Energy Analyst with BW Energy, who addressed the public meeting last Friday evening. mass industry and genuine Irish jobs”. UNSTABLE Wind energy is unstable, which is why EirGrid needs to spend €3.8bn on upgrading the network. “The Grid25 project has come about because of the government’s doubling of onshore windfarms - EirGrid have admit-

ted that. Grid225 is all about windpower,” said Mr. Brown. He said that using wind energy could destabilise the network, and if the network is destabilised because of unpredictable wind energy, there could be blackouts for up to three weeks in the country. He said the surge in wind energy would have to be shipped

off the system. It was also pointed out that in order to counteract surges in the system, some wind farm operators will be paid ‘curtailment fees’ to stop producing wind energy. “Effectively, it means the consumer will be paying for power which is not produced,” Mr. Brown said. He said that Ireland’s closest two markets, France and Britain, now have their own form of cheaper sources of windpower, so there would be no profit in Ireland exporting windpower. “Renewable energy costs more to produce than power from gas or coal,” Mr. Brown continued. “The consumer will pay more because it is not only the cost of producing wind power at the wind farm, but also the cost of shipping it to the consumer.” Mr. Brown said it was likely there will be increased lobbying from large industries seeking to be protected from higher energy costs. Giving an example, he said that in Germany, another country using wind power, large industry was protected from higher energy costs, while the

domestic consumer ended up paying extra. “Consumers will effectively end up paying extra in their electricity bills, as well as subsidising large industries,” he said. “What does that mean for a consumer’s bill? We worked out a conservative figure that it will add €190 per year on to an electricity bill,” Mr. Brown said. WIND IS NOT FREE Mr. Brown pointed out that while wind and water may be free - people have to pay for the water from their taps, and will have to pay for wind power. He questioned why Ireland hasn’t got a balanced energy policy, and pointed out that a wind policy could leave the country at the risk of technology not working and at the mercy of the weather. He also noted that the country is putting its tourism, agriculture and bloodstock industry in jeopardy with the Grid25 project. Irish agriculture is worth €10bn a year, while the bloodstock / equine industry is worth €1bn to the Irish economy per annum.

Scientist highlights new danger of power lines A PUBLIC meeting held in Dungarvan last Friday outlined some recent scientific research which casts very serious concern about the health issues of electricity pylons, which are proposed by EirGrid to run through County Waterford as part of the Gridlink project, writes Paul Mooney. The meeting, which was hosted by the seven antipylon groups in County

Waterford, was told by Nuclear Scientist, Thomas Kemp, that static electricity produced by power lines is more of a real danger to humans than the electromagnetic fields, as previously thought. Mr. Kemp pointed out that there are parts of the country which is high in radon. He said that recent research shows that the static electricity in power

lines attracts radon particles and pesticides like a magnet and depending on the wind direction, the risk of cancer is 40 percent higher. “It is called the ‘corona effect’ and acts like a magnet for pollutants, hydrocarbons, or particles from radon,” said Mr. Kemp. He said that following research from Professor Denis Henshaw, based at Bristol Univeristy in England, a team of scien-

tists went to Fukushima in Japan and took measurements around the powerlines there. “They found a very high concentration of nuclear particles around the power lines, so the Japanese Government decided to put the power lines underground. They must have known what they were doing,” pointed out Mr. Kemp. He said that the latest

research indicates that it is static electricity from power lines which causes disease and cancer and the Government needs to respond to this research and carry out a risk assessment. “It is static electricity from high tension powerlines which interferes with the nervous system and bio-life of the human body,” said Mr. Kemp. “This is called positive

static electricity.” He pointed out that in the Swiss Alps, dry wind which blows down the mountain contains similar positive ions and affects people’s nervous system. “It is the same characteristics as the positive ions released from the power lines and the sufferings of people are the same,” he said. Mr. Kemp said the latest research carried out shows

that it is not EMFs as everyone thought, even though they can cause the same symptoms, but it is actually these positive ions from static electricity which are causing health problems in people. He said more research needs to be carried out into this new evidence and the real danger should be highlighted to EirGrid and the Government.

Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 4 April, 2014



County Waterford Community Childcare plans to open a Community Childcare Facility in White Strand Abbeyside in September 2014 THE Board of Co.Waterford Community Childcare is planning to open the White Strand Childcare Facility in September 2014. We will be offering the Free Preschool Year which is available to children who were born between 2nd February, 2010, to 30th June, 2011. Co. Waterford Community Childcare Ltd is a not for profit organisation with charitable status. The Company will be seeking to employ a further 2/3 Childcare workers for the Abbeyside facility. This will bring the total employment within this Company to 33+ people. The Company is run by a voluntary Management Committee. At present this Company runs two other services in the town of Dungarvan. We are holding an Open Day at White Strand on Saturday, 12th April, 2014, from 11.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and we would invite everyone to come and visit our facility.

Le Cheile Childcare Mitchel Street, Dungarvan THIS wonderful purpose built childcare facility opened its doors in Dungarvan on the 12th January, 2009. This facility is completely child centred as it is custom built to HSE and Childcare Regulations requirements and standards. Le Cheile Management and Staff are committed to developing a curriculum that creates a child centre, play based environment, which empowers young children to actively pursue their own learning. Staff provides appropriate, timely, balanced intervention as well as support, continuity, and progression to encourage positive attitudes towards learning. The objectives of the Le Cheile Childcare are to generate an atmosphere of fun and enjoyment. To respond to the needs of the children, through learning and providing appropriate activities. Opportunities are given to children to learn and develop in a safe environment. To work with chil-

dren in the provision of age appropriate activities which will help them learn and develop according to their individual capacities. LE CHEILE OFFERS THE FOLLOWING GOVERNMENT SUBVENTED SCHEMES TO FAMILIES . . . Community Childcare Subvention (CCS) Programme: The CCS programme subvents the cost of childcare for families attending community/not for profit childcare services. This scheme is paid over a 50 week period. Children can attend on this scheme anything from sessional to full-time. Early Childhood Care & Education (ECCE) Programme: The DCYA’s ECCE programme (National Free Preschool Year in Early Childhood Care & Education) is delivered through more than 4,200 providers across the country. Children on this

Teresa Keith and Antoinette Walsh modelling at the Soroptomist International Dungarvan and District Charity Bridal Fair in association with Lawlors Hotel, Dungarvan. [David Clynch Photography]

scheme attend five mornings/evenings per week 3 hours per day. Childcare Education and Training Supports (CETS) Programme: The CETS programme is designed to support the childcare needs of participants in training and educational courses operated by FĂ S and Vocational Education Committees (VECs).

At present there are 140+ children attending Le Cheile on a weekly basis. We have 25+ members of staff.This service offers fullday, sessional care and school age affordable childcare. The facility is open Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 5.00 p.m. For further details please contact 058-43761 or

Sesame Special Needs Preschool Mitchel Street, Dungarvan IN September 2012 Co.Waterford Community Childcare commenced running the Sesame Preschool Service in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. The main function of Sesame is to provide an early intervention service for Children with special needs. We provide a positive and safe learning environment for Children. Thanks to the dedicated members of its previous Board and volunteers Sesame has been running in Dungarvan for almost 30 years. Sesame Preschool is funded by the HSE Disability Service. At present 17 Children attend Sesame on a weekly basis. There are five members of Staff employed in the Sesame service. Applications are accepted through the HSE West Waterford Early Intervention team (WWEI). Children can access the service on reaching 2 years of age. Sesame is supported by the HSE

Early Intervention Team and Children access these therapies. In June 2013 the Board secured funding which enabled the service to be offered to more families and their Children in the afternoons

and for the first time in July 2013 a three week summer course commenced.This has been a wonderful and enjoyable experience for both the Children and Staff. The service is open Monday

Maureen Oliver and Mary Duggan modelling dresses from Ruffles at the Soroptomist International Dungarvan and District Charity Bridal Fair in association with Lawlors Hotel, Dungarvan. [David Clynch Photography]

and Friday from 9.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9.00 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. For further information please contact 058-51204 or

Eabha Higgins modelling at the Soroptomist International Dungarvan and District Charity Bridal Fair in association with Lawlors Hotel, Dungarvan. [David Clynch Photography]



Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 4 April, 2014

Dungarvan based Mobile Make-up Artist Joyce Coffey pictured at the Soroptomist International Dungarvan and District Charity Bridal Fair in association with Lawlors Hotel, Dungarvan. [David Clynch Photography]

Michelle and Noel Devereux at the Devereux Menshop stand at the Soroptimist Bridal Fair in Lawlor’s Hotel last Sunday. [Tom Keith]

Eabha Higgins and Hannah Daly show outfits from Petit Cheri at the Soroptimist Bridal Fair in Lawlors Hotel last Sunday. [Tom Keith]

Elaine and David Clynch at the Soroptimist Bridal Fair in Lawlor’s Hotel last Sunday. [Tom Keith]

Jean and Eleanor Upton from The Music Planners pictured at the Soroptomist International Dungarvan and District Charity Bridal Fair in association with Lawlors Hotel, Dungarvan.

Jason Whiteley and Mark Kiely from Fitzgerald's Menswear pictured at the Soroptomist International Dungarvan and District Charity Bridal Fair in association with Lawlors Hotel, Dungarvan.

[David Clynch Photography]

[David Clynch Photography]

Mercyhurst University Students Chelsea Nelson, Kevin Muvunyi and Rachel Clark pause for a pose at the Soroptimist Bridal Fair in Lawlor’s Hotel last Sunday. [Tom Keith]

Aisling Ahearne, Mollie Lenihan, Damien Geoghegan, Kevin Muvunyi, Peter Daly and Lorna Ferncombe modelling bridalwear and menswear at the Soroptomist International Dungarvan and District Charity Bridal Fair in Lawlors Hotel, Dungarvan. [David Clynch Photography]

Colin Keith shows a wedding suit from Devereux Manshop while his brother Ciaran wears a suit from Fitzgerald’s Menswear, at the Soroptimist Bridal Fair in Lawlors Hotel last Sunday. [Tom Keith]


Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 4 April, 2014


The Newsreader THE WEEK THAT WAS IN IT . . .

Dangerous dust? PUZZLED motorists in the South and East of the country woke up on Sunday morning last to find that their cars were covered in a fine red dust with no immediate explanation of how it got there. Older residents of the capital will have known from experience that more than likely it was dust which was blown by the prevailing south-easterly winds all the way from the Sahara desert. This is not the first time this happened, as the same kind of dust descended on this country as far back as the 1950s. Those were the days of the widespread atomic tests by the American and Russian militaries and it was feared that the dust was the nuclear fallout from those massive explosions. Those knowledgeable people who had attended Civil Defence lectures or who had read the booklet which the government had circulated called ‘Bas Beatha’, were suspicious of the dust and wondered if it was radioactive. There was another occasion about twenty-five years ago, again on a Sunday morning when the dust had arrived and covered vehicles with the film of rusty red. Again, the Civil Defence were engaged to monitor the dust with their instruments, but the needles never budged on their personal dosimeters. A powerful storm over the Sahara Desert causes the soil rather than sand to be sucked up

into the atmosphere and carried downwind on the prevailing winds, which for us to get it has to be the south-easterly. An encounter with rain cloud causes it to fall to earth and be deposited on exposed surfaces.This material can be carried up to a thousand or more miles away. The meteorologists had little to say about last weekend’s fallout other than where it came from, how it got here and why it fell from the sky. In each dark cloud there is a silver lining and it was the car wash operators who made the money on this occasion, as motorists flocked to have the red dust washed from their cars. Those who can remember those far off days when nuclear war was threatened will recall the instructions in that simple little handbook issued by the Department of Defence. The public were advised to wash the dust off vegetables like lettuce and cabbage and to leave the foliage of carrots behind in the garden. The portion under the ground was declared safe to eat after washing. People were also advised to make a shelter under their stairs, reinforced with planks in case of falling masonry after a nuclear explosion. Ah, the simplicity of it all, no question of being instantly vaporised within a couple of miles of the detonation. In 2002, in the wake of the

9/11 attacks, and a threat of nuclear fallout from Sellafield, the then Junior Minister for Energy issued iodine tablets to each household to counteract the effects of nuclear poisoning should dangerous dust arrive. It became something of a national joke and an embarrassment for the Minister and the Government of the day. Hopefully, the present sabre rattling by President Putin of Russia will not necessitate emergency action in case of nuclear conflict.

A ‘Bridge’ too far? CHEATING is a practice which can turn up in any sport or activity where there is a contest and some reward at the end of it. We have seen soccer, horse racing and snooker tainted at different times, but the most recent accusations and allegations concern the rather sedate game of bridge. A story in the Telegraph this week reports that two world champions were found guilty of cheating in the card game, by exchanging coded signals via coughs. Now, for any aficionado of ‘Forty-Five’ in this locality, this story will have a familiar ring to it, for there are, or have been, those players who play

Clarification IN the aftermath of the piece last week detailing Sean Kelly’s concerns that Tourism Ireland are not doing enough to promote the Giro d’Italia cycle race which will be held in Ireland from 10th to 12th May next, we got a gentle communication from Tourism Ireland detailing their promotion of the very significant event to date. It was Sean’s concern that if we do not properly use this golden opportunity to promote the country, then we will not be offered big events in the future. Much of the race will be held in Northern Ireland. There is, apparently, quite a robust international promotional campaign being conducted by Tourism Ireland which is aimed at gaining maximum advantage from the opportunity.Targeted countries include: Italy, the home of the famous race, as well as in Great Britain, Germany, France, Spain, the Netherlands, the Nordic region and Australia. This is good news, although we still know little of the upcoming Giro at home.The international aspect is of greater importance and value and hopefully the pictures of the cycling action and the magnificent countryside will inspire the people of those countries who receive the pictures to come visit us. We are glad to put the record straight and hope we have a major promotional success on our hands as the cyclists return to the Continent.

partners, who can convey knowledge of their hand and the preferred method of play to each other with coded signals. Tokens, they are called in some local card schools, an while many people recognise the practice it is not often challenged. However, according to the Telegraph report, the image of Bridge ‘lies in tatters this morning after two German world champions were found guilty of cheating by exchanging coded signals through coughing’. The report goes on to say that after a lengthy investigation that involved the computer analysis of a video recording of their victory in the final, the game’s governing body has concluded that the two men used a system of coughs to indicate what cards they had. “Michael Elinescu, 61, and Entscho Wladow, 71, now face being stripped of their gold medals won in September at the world championships held on the paradise island of Bali. They are the unlikeliest of cheats. Both men are distinguished medical doctors who face humiliation at home. In the world of bridge, they are known, in part reverentially, as “The German Doctors”. However, at the World Bridge Championships, it would appear that the only thing they doctored was their code for exchanging information. At a two-day hearing in Dallas, Texas, the World Bridge

Federation (WBF) found the pair “guilty of reprehensible conduct”. By coughing, the men were able to impart additional information during the bidding process, giving them an unfair advantage over their opponents. The pair were investigated following a complaint by their American opponents in the final of the d’Orsi World Senior Bowl, the most important event in the bridge calendar. More than 500 competitors took part in the world championships held at the Nusa Dua resort in Bali, which was televised around the world on the internet. As punishment, the men have been banned from playing together in any WBF tournament for life and from playing separately for 10 years. For Wladow that means he will be 81 before he can play competitive, championship-level bridge again. Their deception has echoes of the case of the “Coughing Major”, in which a contestant on the game show Who Wants To Be a Millionaire? used a system of coughs to win the £1 million jackpot prize. Major Charles Ingram was found guilty in 2003 of conspiracy to cheat along with his wife Diana Ingram and former college lecturer Tecwen Whittock, who signalled answers to the questions using coded coughs. Now, we hear that Contract Bridge has been infiltrated by coughing. Is nothing sacred?

Waterford duo enter the Dragons’ Den this week, will they succeed? RTÉ One at 9.30pm Sunday, 6th April, 2014 . . . FINANCIAL Broker Mel Shanley from Waterford and Electrician Steve Johnson from California take on the Dragons in this forthcoming episode on Sunday. They are looking for €100,000 for 25% stake in their product Attic Guard, a device that deals with the reduction of frost building up in attics due to cold weather. Attic Guard is thermostatically controlled and is fully automatic. It is a high tech product, however the dragons wonder if there is in fact a simpler solution to their problem, suggesting that a blanket could potentially insulate an attic just as easy.... What will the duo say and is their pitch good enough to secure the funding they are looking for? Also on this weeks Dragons’ Den… The show gets off to a promising start this week, when 26 year old Dublin born/Oregon dweller Brendan O’Neill impresses the Dragons with his enthusiasm and knowledge of the world of business. A budding entrepreneur since his teens, in 2010, athlete Brendan obtained a degree in Business and Finance from DCU before moving to Portland, Oregon on a tracking field

scholarship. From there, he began developing a career with a global multinational sportswear brand, while working tirelessly on the side to breathe life into his online business,, an ecommerce platform designed for purchasing customised clothing online. Presenting each of the Dragons with their own personalised and customised t-shirts, Brendan is off to a strong start and impresses the Dragons with his proposal... With a background in IT, Sales and Marketing, Belfast girl and entrepreneur Emma Smith enters the Den with an attractive proposal. Inspired after the birth of her daughter Lucy, Emma launched her online baby gift business The Early Years Boutique, developing a personalised range of goods for babies and toddlers. Hoping to become the market leader in the UK and Ireland for online baby gifts and with 86 designers signed up to sell their products through her website, Emma is looking for a €45,000 investment for a 15% share equity in the business. Much like the ancient Greek scholar Archimedes, Cork man Barry Sheehan

too had his ‘eureka’ moment in the bathroom! Stepping into the Den with his rather simple, but innovative new product, The Bladesaver, Barry developed his idea while shaving with a disposable razor. After only six or seven uses, Barry noticed that the razor had started to become blunt and came up with the idea of The Bladesaver. Based on the model of the straight blade razor, which can be sharpened very simply with the use of a leather strap, Barry created a product with a small spinning leather head which can be used to re-sharpen the blade on a disposable razor, making it last ten times longer. Having been test piloted in 22 shops in Cork, Barry is looking for an investment of €50,000 with a 20% equity. He invites the Dragons to test the product and see how it works... Chartered Engineer Yvonne Brady from Drogheda, enters the Den with a strong proposal for her range of specialised sportswear, EVB, that help to combat weak pelvic floor muscles. Channelling knowledge from her engineering background, Yvonne invented sports shorts for women to take pressure off the pelvic floor muscles

while working out. With medical grade compression panels to provide support to the abdomen, lower back and perineum the shorts effectively take pressure off the core muscles. Looking for an investment of €90,000 for a 10% equity share in company,Yvonne stresses the sensitivity of the topic, with light bladder leakage being a major issue associated with weak pelvic floor muscles.The Dragons are impressed with her ingenuity and passion for her business, however Gavin is concerned that Yvonne doesn’t have what it takes take on brash ‘in your face’ marketing tactics needed to promote the product and offers some suggestions leading with ‘just cos you’re a mum is no excuse to wet yourself...’ and ‘if the girl in you wants to run, there’s no excuse to dribble.’ Will Yvonne step up to Gavin’s challenge or will she shy away from his bold marketing techniques? Financial Broker Mel Shanley from Waterford and Electrician Steve Johnson from California are next in the ring. They are looking for €100,000 for 25% stake in their product Attic Guard, a device that deals with the reduction of frost building up in attics due to cold

weather. Attic Guard is thermostatically controlled and is fully automatic. It is a high tech product, however the dragons wonder if there is in fact a simpler solution to their problem, suggesting that a blanket could potentially insulate an attic just as easy.... Careful preparation is needed to impress the Dragons and Tony Kelly and Paul Devlin are off to a rocky start with their pitch. Tony is a web designer and online marketer, and Paul has a background in the pharmaceutical industry. They have set up a sport supplement called Savage Pro Nutrition designed for the Irish Sports and Fitness market, based in County Derry. Having just set up the business in 2013, Tony and Paul fail to demonstrate to the Dragon’s that they have what it takes to successfully market their sport supplement as they are unsure of crucial information and business numbers. They have major difficulties answering the Dragon’s questions, with Ramona working out some of the numbers for them! Dragons’ Den, sponsored by Bank of Ireland, is produced by Screentime ShinAwiL for RTÉ.



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Frank Colbert, co-writer of ‘The Forgotten Legends,’ writes from South Africa …

Waterford FC’s ‘Busby Babe’ Shay Brennan DURING the early 1970s Waterford FC, then domiciled at Kilcohan Park, were generally regarded as “the finest team in the League of Ireland,” with the exManchester United full back Shay Brennan at the helm. Among the impressive adjectives used by his Old Trafford team-mates to describe the amiable Shay were “the most popular player United ever had,” “wonderfully likeable,” “happy go-lucky” and “the original loveable rogue.” In addition, the legendary George Best described him as: “a wonderful, wonderful and decent man. He was Mr. Cool off the pitch and on it. No matter how depressed or down you might be, Shay would be sure to pick you up with that great smile on his face.” This then begs the question “who was this Englishman who, soon after his eventual arrival in Waterford, revealed that he was ‘more Irish than the Irish themselves’?” THE EARLY DAYS Seamus (Shay) Brennan was born in Wythenshawe, Manchester, of Irish parents from Carlow on May 6th, 1937. In his own words: “I loved Manchester United when I was a boy, players like Johnny Carey and Johnny Berry, I idolised them all. In 1948 when United’s Dublin-born captain Carey led his FA Cup winning team on a tour of Manchester, I was a schoolboy and ran perilously close to their open-top bus. I never knew so dazzling an experience.” Shay joined Manchester United in 1952 and revealed that: “we’d have to do typical chores in those days like cleaning the boots of established players and sweeping the dressingrooms and terraces after every home game.” He then signed professional forms at the age of 17 in 1954. The following year he was now

A teenage Shay Brennan. a member of the United team which won the FA Youth Cup, the under-age equivalent of the FA Cup, while playing beside his life-long pal Bobby Charlton. Another team-mate from that day, Wilf McGuinness, who would later succeed Matt Busby as manager, describes an amusing incident from those typically care-free days as follows: “When we were out in the car for the evening and we saw a group of attractive girls we would pull over and tell the good looking Shay: ‘Get out and let them see you.’ It usually worked. They would come over and have a chat. We didn’t say we were footballers, although on board would be some rising stars such as Bobby Charlton, Bobby English, Johnny Giles and Jimmy Shiels.We had plenty of laughs but nothing too strong.” In the mid fifties a youthful United first team, which was affectionately nicknamed as the Busby Babes, was quickly starting to mature to the extent that many English soccer experts were starting to predict that they could be

Shay Brennan (extreme right) after his debut in an emotional dressingroom with Gregg and Foulkes seated.

become the best team ever in the country and could eventually take over the mantle of the legendary Real Madrid who were in the throes of winning the European Cup for 5 years in a row. They soon won back to back championships in 1955 and 1957 by big margins and had reached the FA Cup final and semifinal of the European Cup

from a victorious European Cup quarter-final game at Belgrade in Yugoslavia. In addition, several other players, including the iconic young colossus Duncan Edwards, who had received varying degrees of injuries, were recuperating in the local Reichts der Isar hospital where manager Matt Busby received the last rites on two separate occasions. For several months, not only the city of Manchester, but the whole of British football, was suddenly plunged into deep mourning. Shay reminds us that: “As a reserve team player I had trained with those players before Munich – Roger Byrne, Eddie Coleman, Liam Whelan and Duncan Edwards, and they were my work-mates, friends and much more.” A reputable journalist at the time recalled that: “Shay was not aboard the plane during the crash, yet emotionally and perhaps spiritually, he was subjected to that brutal ordeal and came through the other side as much as if he had found himself in the snow and debris on that bleak day in

Wednesday. The skeleton of the home team contained only two players (Bill Foulkes and goalkeeper Harry Gregg) from that previous game two weeks earlier in Belgrade. Shay’s Dublin-born clubmate Johnny Giles tells us in his second autobiography titled ‘John Giles – A Football Man’ that:“prior to this game Shay had been playing at inside forward for the reserve team. He was a really good footballer, a fact recognised by assistant manager Jimmy Murphy who suddenly picked him out on the left wing that night.This was the most emotionally charged game in the history of Manchester United, perhaps in the entire history of the game. I had never experienced an atmosphere like it. Such an overwhelming desire for a team to win. Whenever a United player touched the ball 60,000 people went delirious. I was watching the game on top of the wall of one of those open-air toilets with my legs dangling over the side and I was able to see Shay Brennan suddenly becoming a United star.” He scored two goals in a

Close pals Charlton, Brennan and Stiles in typical jovial mood. on two occasions with an February 1958. “ sensational 3-0 win. The average age of 22. In the first was direct from a corRISING FROM THE words of my own eventual ner and could be regarded ASHES role model and goalkeeper Shay’s first team debut as a fluke (or by divine Harry Gregg: “the team was came in highly emotional intervention) and the not only becoming the best circumstances on February second was all his own in England but also the 19th, 1958, at the age of 20, doing as he placed it past most loved as well.” a mere two weeks after the the keeper. The massive THE MUNICH crash. Prior to that he strug- crowd, the world’s press and TRAGEDY gled to break into the everyone watching were However, on February Busby Babes team due to looking for a hero that 6th, 1958, Shay and the the dearth of considerable night and it turned out to whole football world were talent available at the club. be my pal Shay who, typisent into a sudden state of Despite being only a reserve cally of the man, was totally shock when hearing the team regular at the time, he embarrassed by it all – bragtragic news that seven of now suddenly found him- ging was not Shay’s game. the Busby Babes team had self playing out of position In view of the huge perished in a plane crash at in an emotionally charged emotion of this first game the snow-bound Munich FA Cup game at Old after the crash, several airport while flying home Trafford against Sheffield United fans were heard on

a number of occasions inadvertently shouting the names of some beloved Busby Babes who sadly would never again grace the Old Trafford pitch. Many year later Shay would recollect that: “The day of the game I didn’t have time to think about being selected I phoned my father at work and my brother but I can’t remember much more.” “On the morning of the match the newspapers could only speculate what remaining eleven players United would be able to put together. I remember the match well. I scored two goals and I was the worst player on the park. United could have fielded a team of women because nobody would have beaten us that night due to the high emotion of the occasion. The sympathy we had was incredible.” “Normally, I would have gone for a drink after the match but on that night I just went home. I’ll never forget that so many friends, as well as a great team died to enable that to happen.” After the game there were countless tears shed in the confines of the dressingroom. Tears of joy, tears of relief and tears for those whose red shirts the many debutants now wore. Full back, and newly promoted captain, Bill Foulkes had wept unashamedly as he left the field. A dramatic photo of the players was taken in the dressingroom after this historic victory by this makeshift team. Despite the expressions of elation and

relief on the face of Shay and the other debutants in the photo what is more noteworthy is the vacant expression on the faces of Munich survivors Gregg and Foulkes. Years later Gregg would invite people to look into his eyes in the photo as he stares past the camera into the middle distance. Like Foulkes alongside him, as they look vacantly apparently at nothing, the story they tell is not of triumph, but emptiness. Gregg adds that: “They’re dead eyes, nothing there. All we could think about that night was the lost teammates and friends who weren’t there.” It was only two weeks since they had walked out of a burning plane containing so many lost colleagues. Foulkes had already lost 2 stone in weight and Gregg frequently had to tighten his tie around his forehead in order to lessen the considerable headaches from the impact of the crash. Continued next week.

Ireland’s Shay Brennan in action.


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Local businessman encourages Chamber membership A LOCAL businessman and auctioneer has encouraged business people who are not members of the Chamber to join the organisation, which provides support and help to all their business members, writes Paul Mooney. David Reynolds, Managing Director of Sherry FitzGerald Reynolds, was speaking at Dungarvan and West Waterford Chamber ‘After Hours’ business event last week. The event, which included a presentation by NAMA Chairman and Abbeyside native, Frank Daly, and Marian Finnegan, Chief Economist with the Sherry Fitzgerald Group, was held at the Sherry FitzGerald Reynolds

office at Bridge Street, Dungarvan. Speaking at the event, Mr. Reynolds acknowledged that his business has come through an extremely difficult and challenging time over the past six or seven years, like many other businesses in the town and county. He said his business has had some great years and some very challenging years, and the most difficult part of his working and business life over the past 34 years was having to let go of some very great staff members. “We have survived it, made lots of changes and we have come out of it and it’s onwards and upwards,” said Mr. Reynolds.

At the Business After Hours at Sherry FitzGerald Reynolds in association with Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber were Les Ford, Eyes on the Road, with Pauline and Dr. James Fleming. [Sean Byrne//Deise Media]

“We are all still standing, and our theory is that the worst is over,” said Mr. Reynolds. “Let’s battle away together, support each other, work together and we’ll get there. Don’t get me wrong, while the worst might be over, the recession isn’t entirely over - we still have a long way to go.” He encouraged businesses to join the Chamber, which, he said, is there to provide help and support to businesses. “For those who are not members of the Chamber, I would strongly encourage you, as business people, to get involved,” said Mr. Reynolds. He described the team at the

At the Business After Hours at Sherry FitzGerald Reynolds in association with Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber were Tim Hegarty, Eoin McGarry, Building Contractor, and Michael O'Mahony, Caulfield SuperValu. [Sean Byrne//Deise Media]

Chamber office as “very helpful and supportive to businesses”. “The last number of years have been very trying for everybody, and the Chamber are there to support us,” he said. He expressed thanks and congratulated Dungarvan and West Waterford Chamber on the events they hold which provide networking and promotional opportunities for businesses to showcase what they have to offer. President of the Chamber, Colette Bannon expressed thanks to David and Gerardine Reynolds for hosting the ‘After Hours’ business networking event.

“The detail they applied to putting together the networking and information event was fantastic,” said Ms. Bannon. “The After Hours event encourages members to network and get to know each other. For members it is an opportunity to showcase their products and services,” added Ms. Bannon. Sherry FitzGerald Reynolds was established over 14 years ago, set up by David and his wife, Gerardine Reynolds, and their extended family. Their offices are based at Bridge Street, Dungarvan.Tel: 058-23444,

At the Business After Hours at Sherry FitzGerald Reynolds in association with Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber were Jenny Beresford, Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber; Cathal Reynolds, SFR, and Cathy McGrath, Cappoquin Community Centre. [Sean Byrne//Deise Media]

NAMA hopes to pay back half of debt burdening Irish people by year-end By Paul Mooney CHAIRMAN of NAMA (the National Assets Management Agency) Frank Daly, was in town last week to address the Chamber ‘After Hours’ business networking event, and said that the State’s ‘bad bank’ hopes to pay back at least half of the debt which is burdening the Irish people, by the end of this year. The After Hours event was hosted by Sherry FitzGerald Reynolds, at their offices on Bridge Street, Dungarvan, and included a presentation by Chief Economist of the Sherry FitzGerald Group, Marian Finnegan. Mr. Daly explained that NAMA took €74bn worth of loans from the banks, acquiring 850 debtors / clients, along with 11,000 individual loans on some 50,000 individual properties / assets. He said that the focus of NAMA is to extract as much value as possible from those assets to benefit the taxpayer. The key objectives of NAMA is to repay the debt, paying their own way and investing in Ireland.

Mr. Daly said that after a €500m start-up budget from the government, which was paid back in full, NAMA has never looked for a penny from the Exchequer and never will. NAMA paid the banks €31.8bn for the €74bn loan book. €30.2bn of the €31.8bn is guaranteed by the State and Mr. Daly said it was important that the debt, a heavy burden on the Irish people, is paid back quickly. “€10.5bn has already been repaid. We are ahead of target for this year and we expect that by the end of this year we will have repaid 50 percent of that debt,” Mr. Daly pointed out. He said that due to NAMA proceeding quite successfully to pay off the debt, it calls into question the original deadline of NAMA winding up in 2020. “I think we’ll have our work done before that,” said Mr. Daly. Another of NAMA’s objectives is to invest in Ireland, not just about paying debt. Mr. Daly said there is a school of thought that all the debtors should have been closed down because they borrowed unwisely, or

were lent money unwisely. “The reality is there are 850 of them and they employ directly about 15,000 people in this country and any question of closing them down and walking away was never an option,” Mr. Daly said. He said that NAMA makes working capital and investing capital available to the debtors. “Provided they play ball and work with us, we will support them with working capital, so their business continues, and where they have assets that can be built out, or improved for the benefit of the Irish people, then we invest in it.” Approximately €1bn has been approved for NAMA to invest in capital projects to date in Ireland. Mr. Daly said €600m of that money is at work right now in the Irish economy, building premises such as houses, retail shops, offices, and infrastructure such as roads and water services which will enhance the value of the asset and ultimately get a better return for the Irish people. “We are providing social housing in this country and we’ve identified over 4,300 properties to local authorities which may be suitable for social housing,”

Mr. Daly explained. “Local authorities have confirmed to us a demand of around 2,000 houses and we have already delivered 600 social houses. We expect to deliver another 600 social houses this year.” Mr. Daly said NAMA has provided sites for schools, as well as identify sites for community centres, health care centres and the provision of properties to clubs and local community groups.

Mr. Daly said around €4m has been spent for work on ‘ghost estates’. “We are finishing off, or remediating ‘ghost estates’, where it is reasonably commercial to do that,” he said. An aspect of Mr. Daly’s presentation noted that County Waterford does not feature very highly on the NAMA radar, as a percentage of its total portfolio. He said the assets held by NAMA in Waterford “are

quite small” compared with the rest of the country, and are split 54/46 percent between city and county respectively. The properties / assets held by NAMA in Waterford are a mixture of hotels, industrial land and development, offices and residential property. “Waterford is not a huge part of our portfolio,” Mr. Daly added. FRANK DALY Mr. Daly, an Abbeyside

native, joined Revenue in 1963 and became a Revenue Commissioner in 1996. In 2002, he became Chairman of the Revenue Commissioners, until his retirement in 2008. It was in March, 2008 when he was appointed as Chairman of the Commission on Taxation, which issued its report in September, 2009. In December, 2009, Mr. Daly was appointed Chairman of NAMA.

At the Business After Hours at Sherry FitzGerald Reynolds in association with Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber were Gerardine Reynolds, Sherry FitzGerald Reynolds; Marian Finnegan, Chief Economist, Director, Sherry FitzGerald Group; Mary Dillon, Head of Countrywide, Sherry FitzGerald; Frank Daly, Chairman NAMA; Eustelle Fleming, Director, Sherry FitzGerald; Sheila O’Flynn, Director Sherry FitzGerald, Cork; David Reynolds, Sherry FitzGerald Reynolds. [Sean Byrne//Deise Media]

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Bridge • Bridge • Bridge • Bridge • Bridge • Bridge

ABBEY BRIDGE CLUB (President's Prize: 25/3/2014) – 1st Eileen Tinnelly & Lily Lineen; 2nd Mary Fenton & Theresa Ryan; 3rd Walter Murphy & Cora Queally; 4th Sheila Veale & Sheila Towey; 5th Andrew McGrath & Kay Shanley; 6th Rita Harnedy & John Phelan; 6th Anne Clarke & Cait Christopher.

Russell; 4th Sadie Ui Mhiachain & Colin Carthy.

DUNGARVAN BRIDGE CLUB (27/3/2014) – 1st Ina Considine & John Phelan; Joint 2nd Helen McCarthy & Bridget Burke; Joint 2nd Kathleen Deasy & Helen

DEISE BRIDGE CLUB (31/3/2014) – 1st Paddy Lannen & Pauline Dempsey; 2nd Mary Casey & Michael Kirwan; 3rd Mary Fenton & Brien O'Brien; 4th

KILMACTHOMAS BRIDGE CLUB (19/3/2014) – 1st Claire Cummins & Breeda Murphy; 2nd Anne Marie Browne & Beth Spollen; 3rd Betty Murphy & Kathleen Fieldhouse; 4th Fiona Russell & Bridget Aherne.

Sadie Ui Mhiachain & Ina Considine; 5th Phil O'Brien & Pierce Casey. HARBOUR BRIDGE CLUB (27/3/2014) – 1st Teresa Queally & Concie Christopher; 2nd Joan Colbert & Elayne Kirwan; 3rd Lorraine Vart & Margaret Clancy; 4th Nuala Condon & Mary Ashe; 5th Maura O’Donovan & Kitty Power. AFFANE BRIDGE CLUB (President’s Prize Night) – The club held its President’s Prize night

Dungarvan Credit Union Easter Colouring Competition

recently, our President welcomed members to The Park Hotel, Dungarvan, for her big night of the year. President Mrs. Laboure Cliffe wished players every success on the evening after the finish of play and before presenting prizes Mrs. Laboure Cliffe thanked



all those whose efforts had contributed to the success of the evening, the Hotel management and staff for all their assistance; prizes were then presented. Results – 1st Una Mason & Rita Hegarty; 2nd Pat Murphy & Margaret Clancy; 3rd Brid Culloo &

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Birthday Remembrance

Planning Permission

WATERFORD COUNTY COUNCIL – Permission is sought by Marie Ronayne for single-storey rear and side extension to house to include new domestic waste water treatment unit and all associated site works at 'Clonmara', Curragh, Ardmore. 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 a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the Authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee of €20 within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Authority of the application. WATERFORD COUNTY COUNCIL – I, Micheal Moloney, wish to apply to the above Authority on behalf of J. P. Ryan for full planning permission to construct a general purpose shed and all associated site works at Vicarstown South, Modeligo, 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 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.

Dungarvan Credit Union are running an Easter colouring competition with the Dungarvan Observer. The prize categories are for ages 6, 8 and 10 (1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes in each category). When you have completed colouring above image, all you have to do is fill out your details below and post your entries into Easter Competition, Dungarvan Credit Union, Parnell Street, Dungarvan, or Dungarvan Observer, Shandon, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, on or before 12 noon on Friday, 11th April, 2014.

Bernadette Cleary; 4th Mary Fletcher & Bridget Tobin. Mrs. Una Mason thanked Mrs. Cliffe on behalf of club members and on her own behalf for all her efforts in ensuring the success of the evening and a magnificent array of prizes on display on the evening.

WATERFORD COUNTY COUNCIL – Finn and Shane McCarthy intend to apply for permission for construction of an animal house, milking parlour, dairy, holding yard, drafting facilities, office, pump house and associated works at Moanfune, Tallow, 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 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 and 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. WATERFORD COUNTY COUNCIL – The E-Project Chartered Architects wish to apply, on behalf of Michael Tobin, for planning permission to construct a new 2-storey dwelling, ancillary garage, new waste water treatment system and percolation area, upgrading of existing agricultural entrance and all associated site works at Garraun, Modeligo, 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 Aauthority 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. WATERFORD COUNTY COUNCIL – Permission is sought by Kenneth Hennessy Architects Ltd. on behalf of our clients, Desmond and Valerie O’Callaghan, for the following development at Glennagad, Clonmel: a) Permission for retention of existing two-storey extension to the rear and conversion of attic to first floor accommodation. b) Planning permission for the following: i) New single storey extensions to side and rear of existing residence. ii) New velux rooflights to front and rear elevations. iii) Alterations to existing elevations. iv) Associated site development works. This 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 a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee of €20 within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Authority of the application. The Planning Authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission. WATERFORD COUNTY COUNCIL – I, Ann Brackett, seeks permission for the upgrade of the proprietary treatment system and percolation area as granted under 08/650 to ensure compliance with the EPA Code of Practice and all ancillary site works at Kilbree East, Cappoquin, Co. Waterford. The planning applicatioin 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 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 deciision on the application. The Planning Authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission. WATERFORD COUNTY COUNCIL – I, Patrick Kirwan, am applying to the above for permission to construct a livestock and storage agricultural building and associated site works at Carrigeen, Kill, Co. Waterford. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at the offices of the planning authority, Civic Offices, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, during normal working hours, i.e. 10.00 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays and first Wednesday of every month). A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of the receipt by the Authority of the application, on paymnt of a fee of €20.

KIRWAN – Birthday remembrance for Robert (Bobby) Kirwan, late of Kealfoun, Kilmacthomas, whose birthday is on 3rd April. Our hearts, though broken, still do share, That care, that kindness, which we know, Could only come from one like you, Your life is a lovely memory, Your absence a silent grief, But now you rest in God’s garden, Beside a rose called peace. Happy birthday Bobby.

–Always remembered, never forgotten, by your loving Daddy; Mammy; Sinead, Tanya, Julia, Kate, Lenny, Michael, Aisling and baby Jayden; John, Cameron, Jay, Fiona and Jennie; Biddy-Anne, Alfie, Dean, Jonathan and Jamie. KIRWAN – Birthday remembrance for Robert (Robbie) Kirwan, late of Kealfoun, Kilmacthomas, whose birthday is on 3rd April. On this your birthday, We ask God above to tell you, How very much we miss you, And give you all our love. Many things have happened, We wanted you to share, Many times we’ve spoken your name Robbie, And wished that you were here.

–Loved and always remembered by your loving sister Anne and Patrick and nieces Nardine, Aoibhe and Robyn.


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A PRAYER TO THE BLESSED VIRGIN (Never known to fail) – O most beautiful Flower of Mount Carmel, Fruitful Vine, Splendour of Heaven, Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in this my necessity. O Star of the Sea help me and show me therein you are my mother. O Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth, I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart to succour me in this necessity; there are none that can withstand your power. O show me herein you are my Mother. O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to Thee (3 times). Holy Mother I place this cause in your hands (3 times). Holy Spirit you who solve all problems, light all roads so that I can attain my goal, you who gave me the divine gift to forgive and forget all evil against me and that in all instances of my life you are with me. I want in this short prayer to thank you for all things as you confirm once again that I never want to be separated from You in eternal glory. Thank You for Your mercy towards me and mine. The person must say this prayer three consecutive days. After three days the request will be granted. This prayer must be published after the favour is granted. T.P.K.


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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 – 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)





Soccer Coaching

VINNY SULLIVAN – Runs Just4Strikers Soccer Coaching School in Dungarvan every Sunday morning for boys and girls aged between 6–14 years old. He will also run its Annual Easter Camp on Monday and Tuesday, 14th and 15th April. For more information contact (087) 7501059. (2-4)



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)

Decorating Service

Tree Problems

ALL TREE PROBLEMS SOLVED WITHOUT DELAY – Call the Experts. Tel. (051) 336060 / (2-4)



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.)


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TARMACADAM & TAR & CHIPPINGS – Drainage and Kerbing. Michael Fennell, Stradbally, (086) 8342233 / (051) 293943. (26-3)

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. (2-4)


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NEW ECHO GT-2222ES GRASS TRIMMER FOR SALE – Bent Shaft Strimmer. 21.2 CC 2 Stroke Engine. Unwanted Gift – Never Used. €180. Contact: (086) 3208660. (9-4)



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.) REDBARN, YOUGHAL – 3 Bed Detached Summer House to let. 2 minute walk from Beach and Quality Hotel. Weekly rental. Midweek or weekends. Tel. (085) 7533855. (9-4) 2 BEDROOM HOUSE TO LET IN CAPPOQUIN – Very cosy house and easy to warm. Reasonable rent. Tel. (087) 702 8124. 2 BEDROOM / 2 BATHROOM APARTMENT TO LET – Town Centre. Phone: (087) 2171356. (23-4) HOUSE FOR RENT – 3 Bedroom. Dungarvan Town Centre. Furnished. Tel. (087) 6494717.


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HY-LINE POINT OF LAY PULLETS AVAILABLE – Near lay. Tel. Ryan (025) 27299.



Agri Sale

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





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.) QUALITY HAYLAGE / SILAGE BALES FOR SALE – No rain. Extra wrapping. Ballinamult area. Contact: (087) 2604048. (2-4) POINT OF LAY PULLETS, BROILERS AND DUCKLINGS FOR SALE – Outside Dungarvan Mart on Monday next, 7th April, from 11.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. Tel. (026) 41905 / (087) 2208061.


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DEAD & DISABLED CATTLE COLLECTED IN ALL AREAS – Ring: Fitzgerald’s Licensed Knackery, Coolagown. (025) 36662 or (086) 8193202 / (087) 8193202. (ind.) FRIESIAN BULL CALVES WANTED FOR LIVE EXPORT – Contact: B. Tobin (087) 2701947. (9-4) AA PBR BULLS FOR SALE – 2 years old. Easy calving, home bred, tested. Also PBR Charolais Bulls, 2 years old. Delivered. Tel. (087) 6176746. (23-4) FOR SALE – 10 Friesian high EBI Maiden Heifers and 1 AA Purebred Yearling Heifer. Tel. (087) 2452383.

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Fascia / Soffit / Gutters Windows / Doors Conservatories Sunrooms For a FREE Quotation contact JIM LANIGAN (2-4)




LEAVING CERT ACCOUNTING GRINDS – 1/1 tuition and small groups. / (087) 9090353. (23-4)



Wanted To Rent

Villierstown Joinery STAIRS CUSTOM JOINERY 087 2420124 (ind.)

WANTED TO RENT – 12–15 Acres around Cappoquin / Lismore area for Fodder Beet or Maize. Top price offered. Apply in writing to Box No. 5420.



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)



PVC Windows & Doors

PVC WINDOWS & DOORS DOUBLE GLAZED – Ring: Andrew Kennedy of Southern Kennedy PVC, The Vee area, Clogheen (086) 1775510. (14-5)


Deadline for all adverts is 10.00 a.m. each Tuesday

Telephone: (058) 41205 / 42042 e-mail: MUNSTER TRUCK, TRAILER AND BUS SERVICES – Tachograph Calibration and Installation • Speed Limiter Installation and Repair • DOE Preparation • Servicing • Sand Blasting • Spray Painting • Contact: Gerard on 058-68855 or 087-2884113 • • • Garryduff, Colligan, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. (ind.) ............................................................................................ WALL’S CHIMNEY & BOILER SERVICE – Chimney & Boiler Services. Gutters and Drains Unblocked. Contact us on (087) 9931571. ............................................................................................ TRACK MACHINE – Rubber Tyre, Digger, Mini-Digger. Dumper, Tractor and Dump Trailer available for Farm Work. Site clearances and all Groundworks. Septic Tanks Tested. Percolation Areas Extended and renovated. Land drainage and drains cleaned. Call: Pat (087) 2861847. (9-4)

Mobile: 086 2439627 email:

ATTENTION – LEAKING ROOFS SEALED INSTANTLY – €10.00 a square metre. Slating, Tiling, Re-roofing, Torchon Felt a speciality. Lead Valleys and Chimney Flashing renewed. Emergency repairs carried out. Estimates free without obligation. All work fully guaranteed. Very keen prices assured. Also Old Slate Roofs restored with Aquaseal. Contact: Ger O’Connor, Dungarvan Roof Sealers, anytime on (087) 1438830. (2-4) ............................................................................................ MURRAY’S ROOFING DUNGARVAN – Re-roofing specialists. Slate/Tile • flatroofs • guttering/downpipes • chimney work • chimney cowls • ridge tiles • lead flashing lead valleys • supply fit roof velux windows • UPVC fascias/soffits • insurance work under-taken • all work holds a full written guarantee • all areas covered • For a free written quotation and emergency work call Paul on (058) 43992, mobile (086) 2109547. (ind.)



Supervised Study

3rd & 6th YEARS – Easter Supervised Study at Deise College now enrolling. Flexible times; comfortable study rooms conducive to getting effective study done over the holiday period. Phone: 058-48623. (9-4)


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IS YOUR CHILD / TEENAGER OUT OF CONTROL? – has confidential, professional support / advice for parents. FREE initial meeting. Tel. (085) 7271939. (23-4)


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W O R R I E D ? D I S T R E S S E D ? SUICIDAL? – Whatever you're going through, we're here to listen and help, 24 hours a day, every day. Call SAMARITANS in confidence 1850 60 90 90, or e-mail us (ind.)


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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 you 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. D.P.




AHEARNE-MULCAHY (13th anniversary) – In loving memory of Mary Ahearne-Mulcahy, late of Toor North, whose Anniversary occurred on 25th March. A little tribute small and tender, Just to show we still remember, A heart of gold, a life so true, Loved and respected by all she knew. Always willing, helpful and kind, What beautiful memories she left behind. Will those who think of Mary today, A little prayer to Jesus say.

–Always loved and remembered by your daughters Mary Joe, Nellie, Statia, Peggy; son Billy; grandchildren and great grandchildren.


In Memoriam COLLENDER (20th anniversary) – In loving memory of Jim Collender, late of Ballinavouga, Leamybrien, whose Anniversary occurs on 8th April.

HANRAHAN (9th anniversary) – In loving memory of my dear aunt Kattie (nee Murphy), late of Villierstown and Romford, who died on 29th March, 2005. R.I.P. Mass offered.

Every day in some small way, Memories of you come our way, Though absent you are always near, Still missed, loved and always dear. Rest in peace dear Jim, In the mercy of God.

No matter how life changes, No matter what we do, A special place within our hearts, Is always kept for you.

–From your sisters and brothers.

DOLAN (18th anniversary) – In loving memory of our dear mother Mary Dolan, late of Scart, Knockanore, who died on 5th April, 1996. R.I.P. Mass offered. Just a prayer from a family who loved you, Just a memory fond and true, In our hearts you live forever, Because we thought the world of you. You taught us many things in life, That we would have to do, But you never taught us how to cope, With the hurt of losing you.

DALTON (17th anniversary) – In loving memory of Kieran Dalton, late of 2 Caseyville, Dungarvan, who died on 2nd April, 1997. R.I.P.

–Always remembered and loved by your daughters Rose and Teresa, sons-inlaw and grandchildren.

May the God of Love and Mercy, Care for our loved one who is gone, And bless with consolation, Those left to carry on.

–Sadly missed by your brothers and sisters.

DRUMMY (1st anniversary) – In loving memory of my dear brother Jimmy Drummy, late of Ballinroad, Dungarvan, who died on 1st April, 2013. CAHILL (8th anniversary) – In fond memory of a loving husband, a dear father William (Billy) Cahill, late of Cahernaleague, Ballinamult, who died on 17th April, 2006. A loving husband, father and grandfather too, Each one thought the world of you, For us you always did your best, God grant your soul eternal rest. A golden heart stopped beating, Hard working hands at rest, It broke our hearts to see you go, God only takes the best. We miss your smile, your joking way, We miss the things you used to say, And when old times we do recall, It’s then we miss you most of all. Your life was one of kindly deeds, A helping hand for others’ needs, Sincere and true in heart and mind, Beautiful memories left behind.

–Sadly missed and always remembered by your loving wife Kitty and sons John Joe and Liam. Anniversary Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, 19th April, in Touraneena Church, at 7.30 p.m.

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Will those who think of Jimmy today, A little prayer to Jesus say.

DALY (10th anniversary) – In loving memory of John Daly, late of Croydon, Surrey, and Ballymarket, Dungarvan, who died on 20th April, 2004. R.I.P. Anniversary Mass will be celebrated in Garranbane Church on this Sunday, 6th April, at 11.00 a.m.

–Sadly missed by your loving brother John Paul and nephews Alan and Paul.

God called your name so gently, That only you could hear, No one heard the footsteps, Of Angels drawing near.

–Sadly missed by your family at home and away.

FENNELL (16th anniversary) – In loving memory of Mary Fennell, late of Strandside South, Abbeyside, who died on 2nd April, 1998. R.I.P. We miss you from your fireside chair, Your loving smile, the way you cared, Your vacant place no one can fill, We miss you and always will. We always speak your name with pride, Though years have passed us by, You’ll always be our shining star, Your memory will never die.

–From Aisling, Shane.

John, Eileen, Caoimhe and

–Sadly missed by your loving niece Maureen; Terry, Eamonn and Margaret.

HENNESSY (2nd anniversary) – In loving memory of Kitty Hennessy, late of Crossford, Ardmore, Co. Waterford, who died on 8th April, 2012. R.I.P. Anniversary Mass will take place in St. Declan’s Church, Ardmore, on Saturday night, 5th April next, at 7.30 p.m. We sat beside your bedside, Our hearts were crushed and sore, We did our duty to the end, Till we could do no more. In tears we watched you sinking, We watched you fade away, And though our hearts were breaking, We knew you couldn’t stay. You left behind some aching hearts, That loved you most sincere, We never shall and never will, Forget you mother dear.

Also remembering our dad Mike at this time. –Loved always and sadly missed by your son Michael, daughter Maria and son-in-law Peter, XXXX. NAN Those special memories of you, Will always bring a smile, If only we could have you back, For just a little while. Then we could sit and talk again, Just like we used to do, You always meant so very much, And always will do too. The fact that you’re no longer here, Will always cause us pain, But you’re forever in our hearts, Until we meet again.

HOURIGAN (4th anniversary) – In loving memory of John Hourigan, late of Mountain Castle, Cappagh, who died on 2nd April, 2010. Our lives go on without you, But nothing is the same, We have to hide our heartache, When someone speaks your name. Sad are the hearts that love you, Silent are the tears that fall, Living without you, Is the hardest part of all. You did so many things for us, Your heart was so kind and true, And when we needed someone, We could always count on you. The special years will not return, When we were all together, But with the love in our hearts, You walk with us forever.

Support and help available Service – Free & Confidential Tel. 058-46100

We believe you are both together now, We have such lovely memories left behind, And with every day that passes by, Another fond memory comes to mind. And memories are possessions, That time can never destroy, For it is in happy remembrance, The heart finds its greatest joy.

–Always loved and never forgotten, Michael, Ann, Margo and families, XXX. 2nd Anniversary Mass for Bridget will be celebrated in Grange Church on Sunday, 6th April, at 10.30 a.m. 1st Anniversary Mass for David will be celebrated in St. Mary’s Parish Church, Dungarvan, on Sunday, 20th April, at 10.00 a.m.

–Missed dearly by your children Shane, Mandy and Shauna and your grandson Caiden, XOX.

RYAN (5th anniversary) – Treasured memories of my dear mother Bridget (Bridie) Ryan, late of Ballykennedy, Cappagh, whose Anniversary occurs on 2nd April. Anniversary Mass will be celebrated in Ring Church on Thursday, 1st May, at 7.30 p.m. McGARRY (5th anniversary) – In loving memory of Adrian, late of Main Street, Dungarvan, who died on 13th April, 2009. Death leaves a heartache, No one can heal, Memories are treasures, No one can steal.

–Lovingly remembered by Kitty, Eoin, Eleanor; son-inlaw Jimmy; daughter-in-law Lucinda and grandchildren.

In your arms you held me tight, Through the hardest parts of life, In my heart the memories are clear, Of the greatest Mum I loved so dear. I held you so close to my heart, Praying that we’ll never part, But Angels came and took you away, And a tear I shed for you every day. Now a shining lit-up star, My Mam will watch from afar, In all the sadness I’m going through, Just to know you are here with me.

–Sadly missed by your daughter Martina, son-inlaw Pat and grandchildren Ellen and Deuglán.

–Love you always Nan, from your grandchildren Niamh, Melanie and Killian, XXX.


QUINN (2nd and 1st anniversaries) – In loving memory of Bridget (Biddy) Quinn, who died on 16th April, 2012, and her son David, who died on 20th April, 2013.

POWER (25th anniversary) – In loving memory of Lal Power, late of 35 Lower Main Street, Dungarvan, who died on 8th April, 1989. Will those who think of him today, A little prayer to Jesus say.

–Inserted by his loving family.

The Samaritans Beau Street, Waterford Tel. (051) 872114. 1850-60-90-90. Lonely – Suicidal – Despairing? Talk to us any time, any day in complete confidence Phone – write – visit

SCANLAN (2nd anniversary) – In memory of our dear mother Nellie, late of Ballinwillin, Lismore, who died on 14th April, 2012. Anniversary Mass will be celebrated at 11.30 a.m. in St. Mary’s Church, Cappoquin, on Sunday, 6th April, 2014. You gave your long life, In loving support of all of us, Then on that faithful day, God called you from us, To that garden of rest and peace, May God in all his glory, Grant you eternal rest.

–Sadly missed, but lovingly remembered by all your family.

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O Situations Vacant C EXPERIENCED FARM MACHINERY OPERATOR – Wanted for Agri Contracting Business and Tillage Farm. Experience is essential. Contact: Kieran Hallahan, Bewley, Cappoquin. Tel. (087) 2549759. (2-4) HOME HELP REQUIRED – 1–2 mornings per week. Kilmacthomas area. Tel. (086) 2633873.


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

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

Distance no problem to us – Member of Guild of Master Craftsmen

Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA Ltd) is a progressive independent person centred organisation providing services for people with limited mobility nationally. Our mission is to provide exceptional services and other supports that change lives and ensure that people with disabilities are in a position to participate fully and equally in their communities. We now seek applications for the following position in IWA Charity Shop, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford:

Shop Assistant, Part-time 6 hrs per week, flexible Main duties will involve, working with other Shop Assistants in relation to the retail operations at the Dungarvan shop in line with the National Fundraising policy. This role also involves sales, administration and cash handling. You will report to the Shop Supervisor/ Retail Development Co-ordinator. The ideal candidate will be sales orientated and have excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Previous experience in the retail area of a business is desirable. Application forms and additional information are available from Irish Wheelchair Association, HR Department, Blackheath Drive, Clontarf, Dublin 3. Tel: 01 8186412. Email: or visit

IWA is an equal opportunity employer.

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

Floral & Artificial Wreaths Supplied Obituary Notices

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

Florida and formerly Old Parish The family of the late Jimmy French wish to thank you all for each Mass said, prayer invoked, song sung, poem written and moment of silence observed in Jimmy’s honour. With every passing day, you have touched our hearts with your condolences, tributes and remembrances of Jimmy and we will forever be thankful for your thoughtfulness. In appreciation of those who loved Jimmy, a Mass will be offered for your intentions.

The family of the late Mary Ryan would like to express our sincere thanks to all those who sympathised with us on our sad loss. Thanks to those who attended the Rosary, removal and Funeral Mass; those who sent Mass cards, letters of sympathy and all who donated so generously to the Mercy Hospital Foundation in lieu of flowers. Thanks also to our wonderful neighbours and friends, those who brought food and helped with the catering at the house during the funeral. A special word of thanks to Dr. B. Lordan, the Doctors, Nurses and staff of the Mercy Hospital, Cork; our Public Health Nurses Catherine Rotte and Margaret Hannon; her Home Help Bridie Murphy for all the care and attention they gave to Mom. To Fr. M. Cullinan, P.P., for his many home visits and for officiating at the funeral. Also the Sacristan John Ambrose, Organist Billy Hogan, Soloist Olivia Roche and those who prepared the grave, a big thank you. Thanks also to the management and staff of the Lismore House Hotel for the catering after the funeral. Please accept this acknowledgement as a token of our sincere appreciation. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be offered for your intentions. MOTHER’S FAVOURITE PLACE Mum’s sanctuary the garden, And when the sunshine warms her resting Nature’s beauty all around, place, The tender touch of golden fingers, Her sanctuary will still bloom bright, Brings new life to dried up ground. And that bird with mended nest, Pure attentiveness and presence, Will chirp by day and sleep peacefully by To each single plant she tends, night. And her love and full attention, The roses are red, To a broken nest she mends. And the violets are blue, No wonder birds they sing here, And the full beauty of your sanctuary, And butterflies fly free, Holds fond memories of you. And the cat rolls on the fresh cut lawn, We will plant a flower upon our window sill, There is no place she would rather be. One for Mary, one for John, Nothing ever dies here, Watch them grow and bud and blossom, As compost it is replaced, Always with us, never gone. To feed the roots for next year’s growth, Fly, fly away, now you are free, Of each flower here love embraced. Your suffering over, your journey just began, Many silent prayers recited, Your reward a special place above the stars, As she kneels on sun drenched clay, Until we meet again we will do the best we In her sanctuary of colour, can. She loves and cherishes every day.

First Anniversary Mass will be celebrated on this Saturday, 5th April, at 7.30 p.m. in St. Carthage’s Church, Lismore.




Waterford County Council Comhairle Chontae Phort Láirge

Sponsorship Clonea Road Roundabout

James Kiely & Sons Funeral Home


Closing date for receipt of completed applications is Wednesday, 16th April 2014.

Ring for appointment: Open Saturday and Sunday

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South Mall, Lismore, Co. Waterford Acknowledgement and First Anniversary





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Expressions of interest are sought for the sponsorship of the roundabout located at the intersection of the Coast Road (R675) and local road serving Ballinroad and Clonea (L3011). This roundabout is located in the Townland of Ballyrandle and is known as the Clonea Road Roundabout. It is intended to enter into an agreement for the sponsorship SJXLMWVSYRHEFSYXJSVETIVMSHSJ½ZI]IEVW7TSRWSVWLMT would be indicated by means of signage similar in nature and size to that used on the roundabouts on the N25 Dungarvan by-pass.

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Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 4 April, 2014

NAMA “cautiously optimistic” for future of housing market

At the Business After Hours at Sherry FitzGerald Reynolds in association with Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber were Thomas Fitzgerald, Building Contractor; Sinead Fahey, In House Designer, and David O'Connor, Dungarvan Paints & DIY. [Sean Byrne//Deise Media]

At the Business After Hours at Sherry FitzGerald Reynolds in association with Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber were Colette Bannon, President Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber; Niamh and John Reynolds, Kereen Building Services. [Sean Byrne//Deise Media] At the Business After Hours at Sherry FitzGerald Reynolds in association with Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber were Frank Daly, Chairman NAMA; and Cathal Reynolds, Sherry FitzGerald Reynolds. [Sean Byrne//Deise Media]

At the Business After Hours at Sherry FitzGerald Reynolds in association with Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber were David and Anne Stearn with Niall Collins, Quantum Life. [Sean Byrne//Deise Media]

THE State’s ‘bad bank’ the National Assets Management Agency (NAMA) is “cautiously optimistic” for the future of the housing market in Ireland, writes Paul Mooney. Speaking at last week’s Chamber ‘After Hours’ event, hosted by Sherry FitzGerald Reynolds, Bridge Street, Dungarvan, Frank Daly, Chairman of NAMA (and Abbeyside native), reflected on the housing market crash and pondered whether the crash is over. “In certain parts of Dublin it is over and prices

are trending upwards,” Mr. Daly said. “Whether we are off the bottom or not, we are not sure, but the trend is upwards and the outlook is quite positive.” While Mr. Daly acknowledged there was a need for caution, he pointed out that all the vital signs and indicators in the market were generally positive. “NAMA is a State body and we are in the business of giving realistic assessments,” he said. “Our assessment now is ‘cautious optimism’,” Mr. Daly added.

At the Business After Hours at Sherry FitzGerald Reynolds in association with Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber were Jenny Beresford, Catriona Connery and Maura Kindregan, Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber. [Sean Byrne//Deise Media] At the Business After Hours at Sherry FitzGerald Reynolds in association with Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber were David Reynolds, Sherry FitzGerald Reynolds; Marian Finnegan, Chief Economist, Director, Sherry FitzGerald Group; Colette Bannon, President, Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber; Frank Daly, Chairman NAMA; Jenny Beresford, Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber. [Sean Byrne]

30,000 houses a year needed to meet projected demand by 2026 By Paul Mooney At the Business After Hours at Sherry FitzGerald Reynolds in association with Dungarvan & West [Sean Byrne//Deise Media] Waterford Chamber were Pat and Mary Whyte with Eamon Moore.

At the Business After Hours at Sherry FitzGerald Reynolds in association with Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber were Donal and Karen Dempsey with Neil Shanahan, Microbrush. [Sean Byrne//Deise Media]

IRELAND needs to built anything up to 30,000 houses per annum over the next few years if the country wants to meet demand for a projected population of five million people in 2026, the Chamber ‘After Hours’ network event was told last week. Marian Finnegan, Chief Economist with the Sherry FitzGerald Group was speaking at the networking event which was hosted by Sherry FitzGerald Reynolds, Bridge Street, Dungarvan. According to figures from the Central Statistics Office, Ireland’s population is expected to grow to five million people by 2026 “But if we are to house all those people, we need to build”, Ms. Finnegan said. She acknowledged that to suggest building such a quantity of houses 12 months ago would have sounded mad and people would have laughed.

“But in today’s world we need to start planning and developing a housing supply for that growing population,” she said. “Our population grew by eight percent and there will be a legacy for level of demand - we need to deal with this pretty quickly. “The population of Ireland has grown every year since 2011 and we are well on target to achieve that growth of five million people by 2026.” Ms. Finnegan said that anything between 20,000 and 30,000 housing units need to be built per annum, over the next few years, as well as a plan to be put in place which will allow the country to deliver that quantity of units. She pointed out that at the height of the property market, 90,000 housing units were being built per year, but in comparison with last year, only 8,500 housing units were built. “By any standards, that is incredibly low, and most of those were one-off units or completion

of a housing scheme,” Ms. Finnegan pointed out. “There isn’t really any strategic development in the urban areas, and that is a problem,” she added. MORE OPTIMISM IN THE MARKET Speaking in general about the economy, Ms. Finnegan said after a challenging five or six years, there is a little more optimism in the market, which is mostly reflected in the residential market. “The economy has largely stabilised and there has been some positive news in the past few weeks and months,” said Ms. Finnegan. SOUTH EAST While she highlighted that the Dublin market is performing very well, it was noted that the South East market is still quite challenged with a lot of unemployment. However, in comparison to last year, Ms. Finnegan said there have been some significant improvements.

“The unemployment level is starting to come down, which is a positive movement in the right direction, but we are not completely out of the woods yet,” she acknowledged. CONSUMER SENTIMENT Consumer sentiment appears to be back to an ‘optimal level of happiness’, which Ms. Finnegan noted was starting to feed into the housing market. “There is confidence beginning to emerge in the property sector, but it hasn’t really improved the retail sector. While we’ve seen a stabilisation of the retail sector, there hasn’t been real growth.” TRENDS Some trends in the housing market which were highlighted was the move of more people into private rented accommodation. “That is unusual for Ireland because we had a very strong history of owner-occupation of

housing units,” said Ms. Finnegan. She praised the property price register as “a hugely fantastic tool” which enables people to gauge purchasing prices and trends. “There were 30,000 housing unit sales in Ireland last year,” said Ms. Finnegan. “In County Waterford, we had 725 sales - which is a very positive uplift in activity, for Waterford in particular.” She said the sale of 30,000 houses last year is a huge uplift, compared with 2011, when there were 18,000 sales. Another trend Ms. Finnegan highlighted was people beginning to purchase a second home/ holiday home - something which hasn’t been seen in Ireland for the past six years. “Buying a holiday home was so far from our minds three years ago. It is nice to see people are anticipating that again.” She said that 13 percent of the houses sold last year by the

Sherry FitzGerald Group were by individual investors, along with some international companies buying blocks of residential property, a new event in Ireland. “It is a nice healthy level of investor activity and good news because it brings a professional investor into the market, which for tenants will be a welcome change,” said Ms. Finnegan. Affordability of homes has also improved since the peak of the housing market. Ms. Finnegan said that in 2007, a couple would be spending around 30 percent of their salary on a 20 year mortgage, while in 2013, that level has dropped to around 21/22 percent of salary. Ms. Finnegan said that Ireland has become much more attractive and competitive from an affordability point of view, which needs to be maintained going forward. She said that Ireland should be talking about stability, rather than rapid growth, and keeping the

population competitive. She concluded her presentation saying that the Sherry FitzGerald Group are “cautiously optimistic for the year ahead”. MARIAN FINNEGAN Marian Finnegan has spoken at many of Sherry FitzGerald Reynolds events in County Waterford over past 14 years. She joined the Sherry FitzGerald Group in 1996, having worked for many years in academia, where she specialised in urban economics. Ms. Finnegan was appointed an associate director of the Sherry FitzGerald Group in 1997 and as a Director in 1998. Her position in the Sherry FitzGerald Group involves monitoring and analysing economic and property indicators in the domestic and international markets. She is also the spokesperson for the Sherry FitzGerald Group and regularly writes and lectures on the property market.

At the Business After Hours at Sherry FitzGerald Reynolds in association with Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber were Kolette Enright, Eyes on the Road; Geraldine Veale, McCarthy Insurances, and Mary Ryan, Right Hand HR. [Sean Byrne//Deise Media]

At the Business After Hours at Sherry FitzGerald Reynolds in association with Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber were Martina McGrath, Christine O'Donovan, BOI, and Clare Morrissey, Park Hotel. [Sean Byrne//Deise Media]



Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 4 April, 2014

Bonmahon BONMAHON COMMUNITY SOCIETY LOTTO Last week’s numbers drawn were 4-7-9-13. We had one Match 3 winner, Joanne Crowley but the jackpot remains un-cracked – Join us this Thursday when we play for €6,150. COPPER COAST GEOPARK Bookings are now being taken for our next Music night at the Copper Coast Geopark Centre on 10th April at 8 p.m. Liam Merriman will perform along with the other Katakana band members Eoin Maher and Nick Banks.Tickets are €15 each.

Contact Paula on 087 9148 100 or call into the centre in Bonmahon. The Deise Link Bus runs every Thursday and Saturday. Travel from Tramore to Dungarvan at reasonable rates. For Time table and more information contact (058) 20845. The Geopark Centre is open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11am to 5pm and on Sundays 12 to 4.30pm. School tours, field trips and Guided tours (groups of 10+) can be arranged on request by contacting 051 292828 or email to

Stella Maris School visit the Copper Coast Geopark after their Guided Walk of Tankardstown and the Geological Garden.

Touraneena SLIABH gCUA LOTTO Week Ending 30th March, 2014. Lotto Jackpot €500. Winning numbers drawn were 12, 13, 23. No winner. New jackpot for next week is €600. 5 x €20 winners were Nora King, John Boyle, Sean Dalton, Seamus Whelan, Mick O'Mahoney. Promoter's Prize €20, Thomas Keane. Tickets are €2 each and can be purchased from committee members, designated promoters and all the local retail outlets.

Next draw is in Hanrahan's Bar, Ballinamult on Sunday, 6th April, 2014. TODAY FM SHAVE OR DYE CAMPAIGN Margaret Coffey, Knockmeal, Ballinamult, will be doing a head shave event on Holy Thursday, 17th April at New Images Hair Salon, Dungarvan. Margaret's event is part of the Today FM Shave or Dye campaign in aid of the Irish Cancer Society. If anybody would like to be associated with the event, there are sponsorship

cards available at Beary's Cross Stores and at Joe Coffey's Blinds and Curtain Shop, Dungarvan. All support greatly appreciated. LOST PROPERTY A ladies purse, dark in colour, was mislaid last Saturday in Garvey's Supervalu, Dungarvan. If anybody should return the purse to either Garvey's shop or the Garda station, Dungarvan, reward will be offered. ST. MARY’S CHURCH Family Mass this Sunday, 6th April at 11.15 a.m.

Deise Singers - Movies & Musicals Back in January when we announced details of our end of season concert on Thursday, 22nd May and Friday, May 23rd, we were saying ‘sure that’s months away’. But lo and behold its just seven weeks away now when you read this. How quickly time flies. We have been on a journey of the ‘Movies and Musical’s and we have dipped into ‘Evita’, ‘Working Girl’ ‘The King and I’, ‘Blood Brothers’, ‘West Side Story’ and ‘The Sound of Music’ to name

but a few. Everyone is working really hard to perfect our programme, so note the dates and don’t miss out. Congrats to Elaine, our accompanist on the birth of her first baby, Allison last week. Dungarvan Dramatic Society staged ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof ’ last week. It was, yet again, an outstanding success. Congrats to the wonderful cast and everyone else involved. Coming up this week is ‘All Shook Up’, the stage production of the new

Dungarvan and West Waterford Theatre Group. We extend our congratulations and best wishes to this new group. The Deise Singers follow on with our end of season concert ‘Movies and Musicals’ for two nights only, Thursday, May 22nd and Friday, May 23rd. So you can see music and theatre is alive and well in Dungarvan. Rehearsal space has been at a premium in the theatre and elsewhere in the town since last September. Long may it continue. Keep tuned.

Youghal4All Updates . . . ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE Youghal celebrated St. Patrick’s Day in style this year with the largest and most colourful parade seen in the town in years. With 45 different groups participating from local sports clubs and businesses, to jugglers and musicians as well as groups from the hinterland of Inch, Killeagh and Ardmore (to mention but a few), the spectacle was something to behold. The Yougha4All organising committee were really on top of their game for this event. For the first time the parade order was pretty much decided in advance (and numbers issued to each participant) and thanks to the co-operation of most groups the parade was var-

ied well to keep everyone interested. It was such a success that at a post event debriefing plans were put in place to make next year’s parade one of the leading parades in the county. I’M A CELEB A unique event is coming to Youghal shortly. Yougha4All are organising an “I’m a Celebrity” event where locals heroes will be pitied against each other, the winner claiming King/Queen of the town. The event will see contestants in teams of two put through their paces in 5 rounds with titles such as “Death by Chocolate, Buzz Off, Cannibal carvery, Disgusting ducking and Dip and a Nip” Brave souls willing to participate for a cash prize and the coveted

crown should contact Youghal4all by facebook, email ( or telephone 086 3252278. It promises to be a great night of fun and music (Disco to follow competition) and tickets are just €5. MOBY DICK FESTIVAL The first festival this year will be the 60th anniversary celebration of the Moby Dick filming in Youghal. Arrangements for the festival are well underway with old highlights such as the Teddy Bears picnic, showing of the film on the clock gate, street music and entertainment, writing competitions, a meet the extras segment and lots children’s fun being supplemented with a ball race down windmill hill, a live twinning with New

Bedford schools, a fun street Ceilí in Browne’s Street, acrobats and pirate shows and an Ocean parade. A mighty programme indeed! The official launch of the festival will take place at Easter but in the meantime be sure to start inviting friends and family home for the event. As always new members are welcome to join any of the sub committees involved with Youghal4All. So if you are feeling a bit inspired we need you. Alternatively or as well please support our fund raising efforts so we can make each festival bigger than the one before. Contact Ruth on 086-3252278.

Irish Red Cross Dungarvan WE had a great night at the Blue Light Fight Night last weekend, providing medical cover along with our Portlaw colleagues for this worthwhile fundraising event.Well done to all our members who gave their time for this

and the many other events we have been involved in. Attending events with the ambulance vehicles of the Portlaw unit, we are gaining invaluable experience for the future – many thanks for the great co-operation!

Our weekly training is progressing very well, it is great to see so much enthusiasm and willingness to learn. This week’s theme will be all about fractures – how to recognise and manage a potential fracture.

Abbeyside Scout Group WE started as normal with the Scout prayer and subs. We then started packing for the first camp this year at Glenshelane, from which we will have pictures next week, and we hope the weather is good! The scouts had to decide on a crucial issue ahead of camp – what to have for dinner on Saturday night. They voted for a choice of either a curry, a stew or barbeque, perhaps not surprisingly barbeque won hands down. They are like locusts, the food won’t stand a chance. We also had another session on Street Smarts and Self-Defence, amazing what a small scout can do to an adult, if he knows how!

We issued stage 2 camping and hillwalking badges, with stage 3 to follow for those scouts who recently did the Coumshingaun mountain hike, and backwoods badges are following also. And now, the first mention of annual camp dates, please put 13th-19th July on diaries, wall calendars, phones and wherever else it is sure to be saved. We are not announcing the venue or programme for another while, but it is an Irish camp and relatively close to Dungarvan. Guesses can be written in pencil on a €10 note (non-refundable) and given to any leader. Winner gets a fiver.The meeting on the 2nd will be Mufti.

Picture shows Irish Red Cross members from the Waterford branches in Waterford City, Dungarvan and Portlaw following the recent completion of the Therapeutic Handcare Course in the Dr Martin Day Centre in Portlaw.


Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 4 April, 2014


Kilmacthomas DAFFODIL DAY The annual Daffodil Day in aid of the Irish Cancer Society took place on Friday, 28th March. Many thanks to everybody who supported this very worthy cause. Thanks to Pat Phelan of Centra for use of his premises thanks to all who donated daffodils and to all helpers on the day. Daffodil Day in Kilmac was a great success, well done to all. SYMPATHY Sincere sympathy is extended to Mrs. Kathleen O'Donnell & Family, Grenan, Kilmacthomas on the death of her brother Mr. Joe Flynn, Ballyea, Lismore, Co. Waterford which occured last week. Joe was a member of the Waterford minor Hurling Team in 1948 who went on to win an All Ireland medal for the county in the same year. Ar Dheis De go raibh a Anam. SYMPATHY Sincere sympathy to the Power Family, G a r r a n t u r t o n , Kilmacthomas on the death of their mother Mrs. Bridget (Biddy) Power which sad event occurred in Waterford Regional Hospital on Friday, 28th March Removal took place on Saturday to St. Ann's



AN ARV WELL Shedders, Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th April are National Men's Shed's Days, so on those days we will be looking for volunteers for our collections and selling of "flags". This is the first time Dungarvan Men's Shed has been asked to participate in the Flag day, so don't be shy about collecting for your local Shed, it's for our own benefit in the long run. Further news about this to follow. And congratulations to the handsome Shedders who were on the telly during the week, you all looked lovely. Another good cause to support is the local Lourdes Fund Collection, which takes place on Saturday, 5th April. It’s a great cause, which sends local people who can’t afford it to Lourdes, so if you have two or more hours to spare on that Saturday, get in touch with Tom Street, c/o Dungarvan Men’s Shed.

Church Ballylaneen and on Monday morning Requiem Mass was celebrated and Biddy was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery. May she rest in peace. COMMUNITY GAMES The Waterford Community Games Art & Handwriting competition will be held on Saturday, 5th April at 11.00 a.m. in Bunscoil Bhothar Na Naomh, Lismore. Note change of venue from last year. If you have any queries please ring Wendy on 0876117160. GAA WALK/RUN Kilmacthomas GAA Club are starting up a Spring Walk/Run league commencing on Wednesday, 2nd April. Get your walking shoes on and get going, no excuses we now have long bright evenings. Hi Vis vests available from the club. A choice of two walks available. Meeting at the G A A grounds. STATIONS The Kilmac Lenten Stations take place in Our Lady of Mercy Church on Wednesday 2nd and Thursday, 3rd April at 7.30 p.m. each evening. This cover all station areas. ANNUAL CLEAN-UP The annual big clean-up

of the Comeragh area will take place once again on Easter Monday. More details later. BINGO Bingo each Tuesday night in the Rainbow Community Hall at 8.30 pm, we hope to see all our regular players along with some new comers. Jackpot of €1,450 and cash prizes to win. LOTTO DRAW Results for the Kilmacthomas AFC lotto draw for Saturday, 29th March, letters draw O, R, U, X. No jackpot winner, five winners of €20 each to Mark Whelan, Kilnagrange, O'Reilly Children, Kilmac, Veronica Walsh, Cooltubrid, Michelle Crowley, Ballydwan and Damien Carey, Craughaún, Kilmac. Next weeks jackpot €2,450, be in to win. WHIST Results for the Ballylaneen Whist Club for Monday 24th March,Teresa Keane, Biddy Carroll, Mary Walsh, Mary Blackmore, Mary B. Bowdren, Josie Gough, Eric Townsend, Breda Galvin, Mary Kirwan, Maura Lennon and Monica Gough. Raffle winners Mary Kirwan, Allie Lenihan and Eric Townsend.

Dungarvan Mens Shed

Members of Kilrossanty Guild who were presented with the title of "Guild of the Year" at the Majestic Hotel Tramore on Saturday, 22nd March.

Kilrossanty Guild win “Guild of the Year” title KILROSSANTY Guild were presented with the title of "Guild of the Year" at the Majestic Hotel Tramore on Saturday, 22nd March. The competition was aimed at Guilds who participate the most in all that is going on in Waterford County ICA. Kilrossanty Guild has 25 members with many diverse interests which makes for some very interesting talks and demonstrations.

We have members who love to take part in competitions like photography, cookery and crafts. Last year one of our members represented the County twice at National level when her recipe was picked as the best in the County and again to model a handmade fascinator and bag at the annual garden party at An Grianan. Sometimes we go out for dinner, sometimes we hold a coffee morning

for charity or walk to raise money for cancer research, other times we watch a demonstrator create a thing of beauty like a flower arrangement or test cider from a third generation cider-maker! We meet on the second Monday of each month in St. Bridgets Hall at 8.00 p.m. and anyone interested in coming along will receive a very warm welcome.

Kilrossanty RECYCLING There will be a collection for the school this Wednesday, 2nd April at Kilrossanty School. All items of clothing, footwear, curtains, bed linen, mobile phones and books would be greatly appreciated. Any of the above bagged items can be left into the school office prior to this collection. DEISE DRAW Deise Draw tickets are

available from Jason Dee or Mairead Coffey. The first draw will take place on April 25th. Nine months €10 a month - 1st prize €10,000; 2nd €500; 3rd €500; 4th €500; 5th €400; 6th €400; 7th €400; 6th to 10th €300, 11th to 13th €200; 14th 23rd €100. Tickets will not be accepted without money for each draw. It will not be put into the draw without

money. JIGS AND REELS Well done to Ger Fitzgerald and Caoife Coward who came first in the Jigs and Reels last Saturday night in Park Hotel. Liam Clancy and Roisin Fahey won the best entertainment award for their part in Jigs and Reels. Liam is well known in this area for taking part in

Bachelors in Trouble, Padraig Quinlan and Aidan Dunwoody also took part in Jigs and Reels. Well done to all concerned we could have riverdance in Kilrossanty in the near future. COLLECTION Thanks to all who subscribed to the collection last Sunday for the Homeless. Your generosity is appreciated.


Dungarvan Men’s Shed’s Greenhouse.

SINCERE SYMPATHY Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Ackie Lennon, Carrigeen, Kill, who recently passed away. Ackie was a true gentleman who will be sorely missed by all who had the pleasure of meeting him. May he rest in peace. COMMUNITY GAMES The Waterford Community Games Art and Handwriting Competition will be held on Saturday, 5th April at 11 a.m. in Bunscoil Bhothar Na Naomh, Lismore. Please note venue change from last year. For more information, please ring Wendy on 087

6117 160. BIRTHDAY WISHES A very happy birthday to Aoife Mooney who celebrates her birthday this week, hope you have a great day! Best wishes also to Brendan Gallagher who celebrates his – not quite yet round number this week. SINGER/SONGWRITER FESTIVAL This year’s Gealach Gorm Singer / Songwriter Festival will take place on 25th and 26th April – only few tickets are remaining at this early stage! The full line up of acts will be publicised here next week. Meantime, if you have

any queries or would like to make a booking, please call or text 086 8569 358. NATIONAL SPRING CLEAN National Spring Clean Month has arrived – anyone who would like to get involved, please contact Michelle on 083 1737 051.Watch this space for further details. DUNPHY’S JOTTINGS The Darts winners last Monday were Mark O’Rourke and Michelle Power, well done! This Saturday’s music will be provided by “Town & Country” – join us for a great night in store!



Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 4 April, 2014

Ardmore IRELAND’S LARGEST 4X4 GATHERING This year the community of the beautiful seaside village of Ardmore, Co. Waterford, will come together in conjunction with Topaz/Clonmel Oil and raise funds for the local St.Vincent of Paul.This will be achieved by hosting a 4x4 jeep run from Ardmore through the surrounding scenic hinterland and back to the village. Music, BBQ

and great craic will follow on return at The Round Tower Hotel. This event will take place Sunday, 4th May, 2014. Further details from Joe 086 2577958 John 087 2350211 SVP 087 1427818. More information can be found on the Facebook page of the same name. PÁISTÍ BEAGA OPEN DAY Coleen Hurley would like you all to know that:

“Páistí Beaga Pre-School is the new pre-school in Ardmore and surrounding areas. My name is Colleen Hurley and I am taking over the pre-school in Ardmore currently known as Mary Hurley’s Playgroup. In September the preschool will undergo a change of ownership and officially open under new management. The changeover will have very

Grainne Kiernan, Laura Miller and Rachel Flavin pictured at Ardmore N.S. Blue For A Day fundraiser, held recently. []

minimal disruption to current services. Páistí Beaga has been chosen as the name firstly due to it’s translation to ‘little children’ and with that I want to introduce some Irish/Gaeilge to the children, giving them an understanding of Irish before Primary school. The preschool is situated just outside the village of Ardmore. It is on the same premises as Mary Hurley's Playgroup.The Premises has full planning permission with an enclosed outdoor area and ample parking. It will have the ECCE (free places) scheme available to children from 3 years and 2 months if they are to attend primary school the September following their free year in preschool.There are places available for nonECCE children who wish to attend the pre-school. Registration is now open for September 2014, for any information please call Colleen Hurley on 0862513408. I am holding an open day on the 5th of April, between 10:30 and 12:30. All parents and children are welcome to come along and view the pre-school.” COMMUNITY GAMES NEWS The County Community games Art and handwriting competitions

will be held on the Saturday, 5th April, at 11.00 a.m. in Bunscoil na Naomh, Lismore. The art is open to children u8, 10, 12, 14 and 16 years. Each competitor must be under the age specified on the 31st July in the year competitions are taking place. Our community games area is called CARA. The best of luck to anyone who takes part. CARDS AT KEEVERS BAR Cards results from last week at Keevers Bar, Main Street, Ardmore: Tommy Power and Michael O’Reilly on seven games, Fr. Lucey, Billy Harty, Liam Foley and Thomas Power on six games. Best of Last Five were Jason Lenane and James Foley. Last Game winners were Anne Halley and Terry McGrath. A Progressive 45 Drive will be held at Halla Deuglán on Good Friday, commencing at 9.00 p.m. All monies collected on the night will be given out in prizemoney. Teas / Coffees / Cakes also available on the night. 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

Inter-county hurler Seamus Prendergast pictured here with Patricia Power at Ardmore N.S. Blue For A Day fundraiser recently. []

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 0879477213. AFC SUMMER CAMP Ardmore soccer club will once again be holding their almost world famous Summer Soccer School this year, booking will open for this on April 2nd next. Camp dates are July 21st–25th inclusive and more details can be found at w w w. s u m m e r s o c c e r AND FINALLY, A LITTLE STORY Today before you think of saying an unkind word– think of someone who can’t speak.

Before you complain about the taste of your food– think of someone who has nothing to eat. Today before you complain about life– think of someone who went too early to heaven. Before you argue about your dirty house, someone didn’t clean or sweep– think of the people who are living in the streets. Before whining about the distance you drive– think of someone who walks the same distance with their feet. And when you are tired and complain about your job– think of the unemployed, the disabled and those who wished they had your job. Until next time, be careful out there.

Ireland’s Largest 4x4 Gathering Ardmore, Co. Waterford SUNDAY, MAY 4TH, 2014 (BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND)

A FUN filled weekend in aid of the local branch of St Vincent de Paul. This year the community of the beautiful seaside village of Ardmore, Co. Waterford will come together in conjunction with Topaz/Clonmel Oil and raise funds for the local St. Vincent of Paul. This will be achieved by hosting a 4 x 4 jeep run from Ardmore through the surrounding scenic hinterland and back to the village. Music, BBQ and great craic will follow on return at The Round Tower Hotel.This event will take place Sunday, 4th May, 2014. Further details from Joe 086 2577958 John 087 2350211 SVP 087 1427818.

4 x 4 Gathering in Ardmore – Only a quartet of 4 X 4s on Ardmore Beach on Sunday, but the local St. Vincent De Paul conference in the village are hoping for enough vehicles to cover every grain of sand when they run their 4 X 4 Gathering on the May Bank Holiday Sunday this year. More information on this event can be found on Facebook or contact Joe on 086-2577958, John 087-2350211 or SVP 087-1427818. []


Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 4 April, 2014


Nótaí na Gaeltachta le Comhlucht Forbartha na nDéise TOGHA AN BHAILE Beidh oíche eolais an Chéadaoin seo (2 Aibreán) i Halla Pobail na Rinne ag 7.45 i.n. faoin gcomórtas tallainne nua ‘Togha an Bhaile’ a bheidh ag tosnú sa cheantar. Roinnfear an Rinn i dtrí chuid ar leith agus beidh comórtas idir na bailte fearainn sin ar an Satharn, 14 Meitheamh. Beidh amhránaíocht, dráma, ceol srl. mar chuid den chur i láthair a bheidh ag gach grúpa. An t-eolas ar fad le fáil sa Halla Pobail Dé Céadaoin seo chughainn. An information evening will be held in Halla Pobail na Rinne this Wednesday, 2nd April at 7.45 p.m. to launch ‘Togha an Bhaile’, a novel talent competition which will see groups from different bailte fearainn taking to the stage in music, song, drama and dance on the night of June 14. Fáilte roimh chách ar an oíche. GLANTACHÁN EARRAIGH SA SEAN-PHOBAL Beidh glantachán earraigh ag dul ar aghaidh sa Sean-Phobal ar an Satharn, 5 Aibreán, fé choimirce an Choiste Forbartha. Beimid ag ag teacht le chéile ós comhair Halla Naomh Colmáin ar a 10.30r.n. Fáilte roimh chách agus iarrtar, go speisialta, ar na cumainn éagsúla sa pharóiste a bheith i bpáirt linn san iarracht. Bígí linn gan teip! The annual spring clean will go ahead in An SeanPhobal on Saturday the 5th of April, organised again by the Coiste Forbartha.We will be coming together at 10.30a.m. outside Halla Naomh Colmáin. All are welcome, especially members of the various local groups and clubs. Bígí linn! BHRÚÚÚM Beidh dhá oíche den scoth i Meánscoil San Nioclás sa Rinn an Chéadaoin agus Déardaoin seo leis an gcur i láthair dár teideal ‘Bhrúúúm’ ag tosnú ag 8.00 i.n. an dá oíche. Is cur i láthair ealaíonta cruthaitheach atá i gceist le rince, ceol, damhsa, ealaíon agus scannán, chomh maith le cúpla rud eile atá rúnda go dtí seo. Bainfidh an lucht féachana sult as an gcur i láthair. Tá spásanna teoranta agus is gá glaoch ar an Meánscoil roimh ré chun suíochán a chur in áirithe – 058-46464. An innovative performance entitled ‘Bhrúúúm’ will be staged in Meánscoil San Níoclás this Wednesday (2nd) and Thursday (3rd) at 8pm both nights. This artistic performance includes music, dance, art and film, and a few other quirky ideas

as well. Booking is required – 058-46464, with no set charge on the night. Fáilte roimh chách. RANG IT / RÍOMHAIRÍ Tosnóidh Rang IT / Ríomhairí i Meánscoil San Nioclás Dé Céadaoin seo chughainn, 9 Aibreán ag 7.00 i.n. Rang do dhaoine go bhfuil roinnt eolais acu ar ríomhairí. Níl aon táille i gceist agus mairfidh na ranganna ar feadh 8 seachtaine. An IT / computers class (for those with some knowledge of computers) will begin next Wednesday, 9th April in Meánscoil San Nioclás at 7pm). There is no charge for the classes, which will last for 8 weeks. Further information – 05846464. SCÓR NA bPÁISTÍ D’éirigh go hiontach leis na páistí ón gceantar a ghlac páirt i Scór na bPáistí le cúpla deireadh seachtaine anuas. Beidh cuid acu san iomaíocht i gcraobh an chontae ar an Satharn seo, 5 Aibreán i gCeapach Choinn, ag tosnú ag 6.00 i.n. agus guímíd gach rath orthu. There was great representation of children from the area that took part in the recent Scór na bPáistí rounds. A number of the children have qualified for the county final which takes place this Saturday in Cappoquin and we wish them the best of luck. COISTE NA dTUISMITHEOIRÍ, S.N. BHAILE MHIC AIRT Beidh cruinniú cinn bhliana Coiste na dTuismitheoirí ar siúl ar an Mháirt, 8 Aibreán ag 8.00 i.n. Coiste tábhachtach é seo a chuidíonn le reáchtáil na scoile ó bhliain go blian. Cabhraíonn an coiste le trealamh srl. a cheannach don scoil chomh maith le roinnt de na costaisí a chlúdach, mar shampla ceol, drámaíocht srl. Fáilte roimh daoine teacht agus bheith páirteach ar an gcoiste tábhachtach seo. The AGM of the Parents Committee of S.N. Bhaile Mhic Airt will take place on Tuesday, 8th April at 8pm. This committee helps in the running of the school, including purchasing equipment and meeting the costs of music, drama etc. All help would be greatly appreciated and we would ask people to come along on the night and get involved with the committee for the coming year. BAILIÚCHÁN ÉADAÍ Tá Coiste na dTuismitheoirí (Meánscoil

San Nioclás) ag eagrú bailiúchán éadaí chun airgead a bhailiú don scoil. Fág na málaí ar fad thar n-ais sa Mheánscoil roimh an 8 Aibreán. Caithfidh caighdeán maith a bheith ag na héadaí. Athúsáidfear iad san Aifric, san Áis agus oirthear na hEorpa. Gheobhaidh an Luara Lynn House, carthanacht do pháistí, 10% den airgead. A Bag2School collection of used clean clothing to raise funds for Meánscoil San Nioclás will take place in the coming weeks, with all bags to be returned to the Meánscoil by Tuesday 8th April. All clean clothing (adults and children), shoes (in pairs), hats, belts, bags and teddies will be accepted. (No duvets, pillows, curtains, bedding, towels and end of life clothing). Collection Points – Meánscoil San Nioclás Monday to Friday, 8.30 – 4pm or contact Míchéal on 087-2682706. 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 9am – 11am. 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.

Directors of Dungarvan Care of the Aged presenting Elaine Cummins, Chef, Dungarvan Day Care Centre, with a token of appreciation in regonition of her achievement as Culinary Arts Student of the Year in Waterford Institute of Technology. From left to right: Monica Walsh, Jenny Cashin, Donal Connolly, Chairman; Kay O’Flynn, Elaine Cummins, Chef, and Gerry Cummins. Absent from picture are Mary Dee, Gerry Kingston, Eamon Mansfield and Brian McNally. The Committee are very proud of Elaine’s achievements over the past two years whilst studying and preparing and average of 70 high standard meals on a daily basis for Inhouse and Meals on Wheels.

Déise Day Care Centre DÉISE DAY CARE SERVICES ARE SPREADING THEIR WINGS Deise Day Care Centre are delivering various services including Meals on Wheels, Care & Repair, Home Visiting services and Senior Alert Scheme (panic button) to senior citizens in the Dungarvan Area, and now intend extending the services to the wider rural area. To avail of these service:Are you 65 + years of age? Do you live in Dungarvan or within 24km (15 miles) radius? Would you like to become a member and avail of our in house services

or meals on wheels service Transport to the Day Care Centre can be arranged. Do you have a small repair job which you would like to have done for you? The service is free except for material costs and is carried out by selected volunteers Would you like to avail of our Home Visiting service Feel confident on your own with a panic button from Senior Alert Scheme. Please stay tuned in for up and coming events which include, Healthy Options Cookery Demonstation by the Centre’s own Chef, Elaine, Charity

Tea Mornings, Annual Outings, Bealtaine Events and our own Annual Talent Show in the Town Hall, September, 12th Most of the above services could not be provided without the excellent work and time given by our Volunteers. New Volunteers always welcome to help with any of the above services. The Centre is opened 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. so please feel free to visit us, have a look around and discuss your needs For more information on all or any of the above please call Déise Day Care Centre 058-44556.

Beyond Hope’s Broken Beacons For the worthless wasteland of my life, The blame is but my own, And the trailing threads on the gowns of grief, Were weaved by me alone. I’m the architect of all my woes, The master of my misery, I’m crucified on life’s cruel cross, And the nails were hammered home by me. I’m beyond hope’s broken beacons, Where the lamplights all are quenched, And the winds of woe are howling, And the road to hell unfenced. I smothered the flames that flickered, In the burnt-out fires of youth, I trampled the petals of promise, Lies, shattered the shrines of truth. I walk as one who is dreaming, And careless am I of change, I note not the dawn or darkness, ’Nor the commonplace or strange. Is there some sanctuary of solace, Or some refuge from distress, Where sleep’s soft embrace is waiting, And sweet forgetfulness? Is there perhaps a tranquil haven, And a road without a bend, Someplace to rest at sunset, And peace at journey’s end? Life I know is a game of chance, With forlorn hopes of winning, Pray heaven may be kind to one, More sinned against than sinning. Maurice, Kevin and Aoife Butler at the Dungarvan St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2014. [Pat Crowley]




Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 4 April, 2014

Stradbally SYMPATHY The community in Stradbally and the surrounding areas was saddened to learn of the passing of Rae (Helen) Whelan (nee Keohan), Herne Bay, Kent, England and formerly Knockrour, Stradbally, Co. Waterford, on 10th March, 2014. Rae’s Funeral Service with Requiem Mass took place at Holy Cross Church, Stradbally, on Friday, 28th March, 2014, at 11.00 a.m. Fr. Jerry Condon, P.P., Stradbally, celebrated the Mass assissted by Fr. Murphy-O’Connor, P.P., Turner’s Cross, Cork. Rev. James Mulhall, St. James Church of Ireland Stradbally; Fr. Eddie Keohan, P.P. retired (Rae’s brother) was also in attendance. There was an apology from Fr. Michael Enright whose absence was unavoidable due to another funeral. The beautiful hymns sung and music played during the celebration of Rae’s life was provided by brother and sister and cousins Finbarr Keohan and Murial Coleman; sisters Ismay Drohan and Georgina Crowley (friends and neighbours) provided a requested piece “Carrickfergus” during the offertory.The readers of the Liturgy were James West (grandson) and Tony O’Sullivan (nephew). Marie James (niece and godchild) read the Responsorial Psalm. The Prayers of the Faithful were shared by Roisin O’Shea (niece), Barry O’Sullivan (nephew), Philip Bracken (nephew), Jennifer Martin (niece) and Harry Martin (great-grand nephew). Symbols of Rae’s life were brought to the altar: Margo Crowley (friend and neighbour) brought a newspaper); Lucy Bracken; Lucey Bracken (grandniece) brought a scarf, brooch and pattern; Suzi Bolton (step-grand-daughter) brought an atlas; Joe O’Sullivan (grand-nephew) brought flowers. The bread and wine for the offertory were brought to the altar by Gile Martin and Finbarr James (grand-niece and grand-nephew). Following

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Communion, Maura Pell paid a very fitting and sincere tribute to her mother in her Eulogy where friends, neighbours, the community, clergy and undertakers were thanked. Rae was then brought to her final resting place beside her late husband Dr. James Whelan at St. James Church in Stradbally. Sincere sympathy is extended to Maura Pell (daughter); Rodney Pell (son-in-law); James West (grandson); brothers Fr. Eddie Keohan, Cork, and Dr. John Keohan, Canada; sisters Clare Bracken, Martina O’Sullivan, Dublin and Marie O’Shea, Stradbally; Frank Bracken (brother-inlaw); Kathleen Keohan, Canada (sister-in-law); nieces, nephews and the extended family, friends and neighbours. May Rae rest in peace. SINCERE SYMPATHY Sincere sympathy is extended to Martin Quinlan, Killelton, Stradbally, on the death of his wife Mary Quinlan (nee Hayes), whose funeral took place at Holy Cross Church, Stradbally, on Monday, 24th March, 2014, with burial in the adjoining cemetery. Sympathy is also extended to daughters Carmel and Christina; son Eamonn; sons-in-law Sam and Christopher; sister Dolores; brothers Anthony, John and Jim Hayes; grandchildren Ava, Emily and Aaron, the extended family and friends. ENROLMENTS Enrolments are currently being taken for 2014 at Our Lady of Mercy N.S. Stradbally and St. Anne’s N.S. Seafield, Ballylaneen. Please contact Mr. Tomás Walsh, Principal, Our Lady of Mercy or Mrs. Ann Coffey, Seafield for enrolment forms before 30th April, 2014. BIRTHDAY BOY There was cheers and claps at the Country Market last Saturday as the cake and candles appeared for John Hilton, Knockrour who was 21 again. A staunch supporter of the market and a hard working Tidy Towner, John certainly deserved the applause. SOCCER NEWS Lotto results from

O’Mahony’s Durrow which was the venue of the last lotto draw. The numbers plucked out of the drum were 1, 5, 9 and 22. There was no Jackpot winner. €25 winners were Nicky Power, Ballyvooney; Mrs. K. Connors and Pat McGrath. The promoters prize went to Peggy Carey. The next draw takes place in Whelan’s this coming Sunday, 6th April with a Jackpot of €1,300. On the field the U-11’s had a 5-4 win over Southend despite trailing 13 at half-time. An understrength U-15 side defeated De La Salle 5-0. On a wet day a weekend adult side went down 3-0 away to Tramore despite the good work of steady keeper Martin Roche and his staunch defence. Three league games remain for this side as well as the Division Two Infirmary Cup. Forthcoming Fixtures: Saturday, 5th April, U-11 away to Seaview Celtic at 10.00 a.m. U-15 at home to Ballyduff at 2.30 p.m. Tuesday, 8th April - U-12 home to Ferrybank at 6.15 p.m. PARISH DRAW The Parish 12 week Draw took place in Stradbally on Monday last, 31st March. There is still time to join if you have not already done so. It costs €20 for 12 weeks. There are still promoters with cards to fill or give your name to Fr. Condon after Mass any morning or weekend. BARRON HALL Thanks to Maire Swaby the second of two "Talks" on health is now complete. The key points were drink five points water daily, eat natural foods rather than processed foods, they contain to much fat, salt and sugar. Also of interest was the labelling of food, one would have to ask the question, is it a statuary body or the food industry that regulates the food business? The Allergy/Sensitivity Testing, Geopathic Stress and Energy Healing did generate much interest. April 10th is our Easter Flower Arrangement night with Monica Dwane. Thanks for your support.

Charity Vintage Tea Rooms start again this week OLD fashioned afternoon teas for charity starting again this Saturday, 5th April – 2.00 p.m. - 5.00 p.m. In aid of Friends of Waterford Regional Hospital – St. Mary's Church of Ireland - Dungarvan, Co.Waterford. Find us on Facebook – Charity Vintage Tea Rooms.

Winners of the Best Entertainers Award at the Dungarvan Lions Club's Deise Jigs & Reels Freestyle were Roisin Fahey and Liam Clancy, pictured with John Coade, Lions Club and Nichola Beresford, MC for the event. [Dan McGrath/Editorial Images]

West Waterford Scór SCÓR NA bPÁISTÍ After the third and final round in Knockanore last Friday night, the stage is set for the County Final of Scór na bPáistí this Saturday, 5th April, in the Cappoquin Community Centre. The starting time is 6 pm with admission at €7 for adults and €2 for children. Doors open at 5.15 p.m. All competitors will receive passes during the week, passes will be required for

entry and to compete on the night. After a meeting of Coiste Scór, the running order on the night will be as follows: Rince Foirne: 1. Baile Mhac Cairbre, 2. Maigh Dheilge A, 3. Sliabh gCua, 4. Baile na Sagart, 5. an Lios Mór agus 6. Maigh Dheilge B. Solo singing: 1. Sliabh gCua, 2. An Rinn, 3. Ródaithe na Brice A, 4. An Baile Dubh, 5. An Aird Mhór, 6. Meilearaí

NEW PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION We are currently working on our new exhibition titled – Industrial Ireland – 1904–1918. The exhibition consists of a fascinating collection of photographs from magic lantern slides showing factories and workers around Ireland. Included is the model industrial village of Talbot's Inch in Co. Kilkenny, Egan & Sons Silversmiths, Cork and many more. Aspects of local industry will also be included in the exhibition. We are delighted that Elizabeth Kirwan, Curator of the National Photographic Archive, will formally open the exhibition on Friday, 11th April, at 8.00 p.m. and all are welcome. MORESBY CERT RETURNS TO DUNGARVAN We are delighted to announce that the museum has recently acquired a historic artefact relating to the Moresby shipwreck. It is an impressive illuminated address signed by John R. Dower and Thomas McCarthy on behalf of the townspeople. It contains photographs of captain Veale, the wreck of the Moresby and the Dungarvan lifeboat. The illumination was carried out by Michael Beary, the Borough Surveyor in April 1896. The address is surrounded by an impressive gilded frame. WHO WAS CAPTAIN JOHN VEALE? Captain John Veale (died 1895 age 58) and his wife Hannah Slattery lived

Recitation: 1. Meilearaí, 2. Sliabh gCua, 3. An Rinn, 4. An tSráidbhaile B, 5. Naomh Muire, 6. An tSráidbhaile A Instrumental Music: 1. Naomh Muire, 2. Sliabh gCua, 3. Cill Rosanta, 4. An Ghráinnseach, 5. An Baile Dubh, 6. An Caisleán Cuanach Ballad Group: 1. Na Seamróga C, 2. An Ghráinnseach, 3. Ródaithe na Brice, 4. An Rinn A, 5. Na Seamróga A, 6. An Rinn

in O'Connell Street (now Rossiter's Butchers). John's sister, Margaret, married Tom Denn of Bawnfoun. John's occupation was given as mariner and grocer & publican. He was master and owner of the schooner 'Adroit' built in Pembroke. On December 24th, 1895, Captain Veale organised a temporary volunteer lifeboat crew to rescue the crew of the Moresby as the regular crew was not available. He was presented with the illuminated address as a token of thanks for his services. The Museum and the Abbeyside Pattern Committee had tried to acquire the Captain Veale address for permanent display in the museum in Dungarvan but were unable to take the matter further at the time. It is now back and will soon be on permanent display for all to see. THE VIKINGS ARE COMING TO DUNGARVAN The British Museum is preparing a new exhibition titled - Vikings – Life & Legend.This is the first major exhibition at the museum on the Vikings in over 50 years. The exhibition will consist of artefacts loaned from many museums including Ireland.There will be a live satellite broadcast of the exhibition at the SGC Cinema, Dungarvan on Thursday, 27th April, at 7.00 p.m. Reduced rate tickets are on sale now from the museum at €10. CUMANN NA mBAN We are looking for the individual stories of those involved and plan to

B Quiz: Cill Rosanta, Ródaithe na Brice, Na Seamróga C, an Baile Dubh, Na Seamróa A, Sliabh gCua Novelty Act: 1. Baile na Sagart, 2. An tSráidbhaile, 3. Meilearaí, 4. An Caisleán Cuanach Rince Seit: 1. Na Seamróga A, 2. Maigh Dheilge B, 3. Na Seamróga C, 4. Sliabh gCua, 5. An Baile Dubh, 6. Na Seamróga B.

organise an exhibition in April that accurately reflects the role Waterford women played in gaining an independent Ireland. If you can help us with our research, stories, documents, photos, etc., please contact Waterford County Museum at 058 45960. Many thanks to all those who have provided material to date. ANNUAL BOOK SALE We are currently collecting books for our annual book sale. If 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. 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 05845960 to make an appointment. OPENING HOURS Monday to Friday 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. Phone 058-45960. Email: Web: /


Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 4 April, 2014


Kilgobinet/Colligan/Kilbrien STATIONS The Stations are not the first thing you note when visiting the three KCK parish churches. Stained glass windows and marble altars initially grab the eye. The Stations of the Cross, prominent though they are, are dispersed along the side walls. Except for Holy Week when they form the centre of devotion, they are best absorbed from a pew seat, one or two at a time. The very first Stations were, of course, along the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem. Franciscan monks in late medieval Europe recreated these Stations with statues in outdoor shrines. In the late 1600s the Franciscans were granted the right to erect sculptures of the Stations inside their churches. This proved so popular that in 1731 Pope Clement XII granted the same right to all churches. DONORS The three parish churches were built in the first half of the 1800s. Expensive Stations of the Cross were not the first priority, so it was only during later refurbishments that the present parish Stations were purchased. Usually, a family would sponsor one Station and donors' names were acknowledged. The fashion until quite recent times was to call men by their first names, but women were always referred to more formally as Miss or Mrs. Possibly this fashion arose because children were always floating in and out of neighbouring kitchens and it wouldn't do to send them off to Breda or Molly's. So, at Colligan Church visitors are asked to "Pray for the intentions of the donors John and Mrs. Power." Or those of "Mrs.Walsh", as compared to "John Crotty." KILGOBINET No records have been

found allowing a firm date for the installation of Kilgobinet's Stations. Probably they were purchased during the extensive renovation of 1883, when the successful American descendants of local emigrant Thomas Gleeson donated the spectacular stained glass windows in his memory. For centuries, church art had been produced by artists' workshops. The Master, the Journeymen and Apprentices all worked together to complete commissions. The apprentices might grind paint pigments while the journeymen finished pictures sketched by the Master. Italian workshops had long traditions of church commissions and dominated the Catholic art market well into modern times. Many of these Italian craftsmen emigrated to America and used their skills in their adopted country. Kilgobinet's set of master works, whether they came from Italy or the States, illustrate the variety of skills available in an artist's atelier. Each Station has a beautifully carved wood frame and cast figurines. Painters added depth to the scenes with well executed backgrounds. The painters also coloured the sculpted figures. So, this one set of Stations required the services of wood sculptors, carpenters, painters and modelling experts as well a Master artist who planned and drew the entire cycle and possibly another worker to assemble the parts together. The Kilgobinet Stations are exceptional. Completely apart from their devotional significance, they are fine works of art. The reluctance of the Roman soldier who has to disrobe Christ is palpable; the careful shading of the robes heightens the sense of movement. One interesting feature is the river in the

Kilbrien – As many as fourteen coats of paint were applied to each three dimensional figure of the Kilbrien Stations. This superb restoration was completed in the 1980s by Aubrey Hodkinson, the sixth generation of his family to specialise in religious painting.

background of some scenes. Jerusalem is an arid place with a single water source, the Spring of Gihon. There are no rivers in Jerusalem, but in Kilgobinet the waters flow broad and blue. As well, the early Stations feature a large, freestanding, square pillar. Is this supposed to be the base of an Egyptian obelisk? Needless to say, there were no obelisks to sun god Ra in a city where Herod's Temple loomed overhead. KILBRIEN The appealing simplicity of Kilbrien's Passion are a fine match for this inviting country church. The gothic inspired frames are part of the casting and each Station displays no more than seven figures. They are the newest of the parish's Stations, arriving only in the 1950s. Older residents recall the earlier set of Stations as faded and "kind of shabby." Painted (or possibly printed) on an agestained brown background, these were almost illegible by the 1950s. Fr. John Morrissey presided over the purchase of the current Stations and there was a special ceremony of blessing after they were erected. By the late 1980s, the paint on Kilbrien's Stations was fading. Fr. Richard Doherty was parish priest then (1985-91) and he found a Limerick artist, Aubrey Hodkinson to refurbish Kilbrien's panels. Aubrey was the 6th generation of his family to make a living as an artist. As a child, his family travelled by horse and caravan around the country to churches in need of their artistic skills. They lived where they found work and when a commission was finished, off they'd go. In his time, Aubrey Hodkinson decorated churches and cathedrals from one end of the island to the other. The Kilbrien Stations were taken from the walls, carefully wrapped and taken to the artist's studio in Limerick. The meticulous work done there is on display on the church walls. It's easy to follow one character after another along the Via Dolorosa, their colourful robes consistently tinted throughout. The sky darkens as the procession reaches Golgotha. Christ's halo, highlighted with gold paint, shines. This superb restoration work is a tribute to Aubrey Hodkinson's craftsmanship. Each figure was repainted not just once or twice. Fourteen coats of paint were applied, work that took weeks of careful effort. The artist passed away in 2011 but his memorials glow brightly throughout Ireland. COLLIGAN Colligan's Stations, the

locals figure, went up after the First World War ended, perhaps even during the Troubles. There had been a flush of cash into the parish during World War I when the British army was paying high prices for pigs and wheat. So, for once, there was a bit of extra money available. Donating a Station probably represented a prayer for the community as well as a memorial for family members. Colligan's Stations are models of lively interaction. Dozens of figures crowd along the Way. They carry ladders and spears point this way and that. Palm trees blow in the breeze. Pontius Pilate is accompanied by lictors, official bodyguards bearing bundles of rods interlaced with an axe head. These were symbolic of the power to dispense justice. What's a Roman Signifer doing on horseback blowing a battle horn and dressed in a bear skin? Such animal skins were bestowed on the bravest of the brave to mark them out. Here, the Signifer, or signalman, adds to the sense of painterly commotion. Jerusalem is a vaguely oriental city with domes and columns and grand palaces. Mary Magdalene's blond locks flow to her waist, Mary swoons, a crowd of women weep. All is melodramatic, the gestures portentous with meaning. Clearly the artists delighted in painting exciting details. Station 12 in Colligan, the Crucifixion, has a completely different feel to the rest of the images. The crowds are still, the focus is on Christ and the mourners at the foot of the cross. The composition is pyramidal with the cross as the apex and Mary and St. John forming the base of the central triangle. This is a presentation that entered western religious art in the 1400s during the Italian Renaissance. Mary Magdalene is shown clinging to the cross in despair, and this too is an old motif found in Flemish/Dutch art of the early 1500s. In this central panel of the Passion, the Colligan artists stepped back from the hectic canvases of their earlier scenes. Here is a traditional - and dramatic – presentation. I say artists, plural, because it appears to me that several artists worked on this one commission. The capering slave in a turban who bedevils Christ starting at the judgement of Pilate wears a sleeveless tunic with a red sash, greenish pants and closed leather shoes. By Station VI he has lost the pants and sash and the shoes have become sandals. My guess, and it's no more than that, is that several sets of the Colligan Stations were pro-

Kilgobinet – The superb Kilgobinet Stations of the Cross feature cast figures, painted backgrounds and carefully shaded robes to create a sense of realism. Unusually, arid Jerusalem is depicted with a broad blue river flowing in the background. duced at the same time. I think the workshop was under pressure, and each artist was assigned a different scene. I picture the foreman shouting "We need three more Veronica's" and everyone who was free turning their hands to the required pictures. Thus, each artist's creativity was allowed to shine with a freedom we don't see in more constrained Stations. This adds to the intellectual puzzle of trying to figure out all that's going on. We're in a different artistic milieu entirely from Kilbrien's simple, clean presentation of the dolorous Way. TREASURE Taken together, the three very different Stations of the Cross found in KCK parish are a treasure. They are gifts from earlier generations to those of us alive today. Beyond their religious use or artistic merit, the parish Stations represent a shared communion with those who have gone before - and those who will come after. PARENT & TODDLER GROUPS 2nd April, Wednesday Kilbrien Group meets every Wednesday morning from 10:30 until 12:30. All are welcome. Contact Michelle 087-648-0822 for more information. 4th April, Friday Coolnasmear Group's meets on Friday mornings in Coolnasmear Hall from 11.20 a.m. until 1.00 p.m. Contact Mary 087130-2048 for more information. KCK LADIES MEETING 7th April, Monday Reminder: At the next meeting of KCK Ladies Club, Ethna Sheehan will offer us floral creations under the theme of "Easter Joy." KCK Ladies Club continues to meet on the 1st Monday

of each month at 8.00 p.m. in Coolnasmear Hall. New members are always welcome. KCK COMMUNITY GROUP 16th April, Wednesday – The next meeting of the Community Group is at Kilbrien Hall, 8:30 pm. All parish residents are invited. EASTER MONDAY CLEAN-UP 21st April, Monday Coming up: the annual parish cleanup on Easter Monday. Clean-up groups will meet at the Wooden Bridge in Colligan and at Kilbrien Hall at 10.00 a.m. A morning's work does a load of good. LOURDES CONCERT 26th April, Saturday Variety concert in the Park Hotel. Tickets are €10 each, on sale from any of the volunteers or at Noel Devereux

Men's Shop on Mary Street, Dungarvan. CHARITY PLANT & BAKE SALE 3rd May, Saturday - The annual plant sale in aid of Chernobyl Children and GROW, which supports positive mental health, takes place at Dungarvan Tennis Club from 10.00 a.m. until 1.30 p.m. There are always great bargains, food and baked goods for sale, assorted garden knick-knacks, and a multitude of plants - herbs, strawberries, tomatoes, annuals and perennials. Contact Mary Phelan at 087-130-2048 if you can help on the day or provide some baked goods or plants. These are very worthy causes and your support will be greatly appreciated. INCLUDE YOUR INFO Scott Simons -

Colligan – The painterly commotions of the Colligan Stations include a Roman Signifer, or signalman, on horseback blowing a battle horn and dressed in a bear skin. There's plenty going on and the painters clearly enjoyed portraying crowded scenes with lots of colourful happenings.



Lismore A MONSTER Rally of groups across the country who are affected by the proposed developments of our electricity system will take place in Dublin on Tuesday, April 25th. Groups that have concerns regarding wind farms, substations and pylons will meet and march on the Dail collectively. There has been little regard given to rural Ireland as these developments have been planned and we must not be ignored. Please ensure our voices are heard in Dublin. A bus will be organised and those who would like to book a place are asked to contact John on 087 7924144 with your name and where you would like to be picked up. Cost of the bus

will be finalised when we have numbers of people travelling.The bus will leave Cappoquin and will travel to Lismore,Tallow, Curraglass, Conna and onto Fermoy. The march is expected to begin at 11.00 a.m. in Dublin so the bus will begin its journey around 6.30 to 7. Details will follow next week. Anyone who would like to join us in Dublin and make their own way there are of course more than welcome! In the meantime, start making your banners. We can also be contacted on Facebook at Bride and Blackwater Against Pylons and email at

TABLE QUIZ IN LISMORE HOTEL A very worthy Table Quiz in Lismore Hotel is going to be held this Friday, April 4th, at 8.30 sharp. Aoife Cullimore and a dozen of her architectural colleagues are going to Nakuru, Kenya this Summer to build a school for needy people. They have already built an orphanage and their efforts are much appreciated locally. Edward Lynch is Quiz Master and he and the Cullimore family and friends would appreciated your support on the night, in person, raffle providing or other financial support. Teams of 4 €40. Look forward to seeing you there!

Villierstown JACK THE JOKER Our Jack the Joker community draw took place as usual on Saturday night in An Cruiscín Lan. The lucky winner this week of €50 was, Maura Lombard with card number 32, the 4 of Hearts. Promoter was Pat O’Brien. Congratulations Maura. Next week’s jackpot is €1,700. This draw is a fundraiser for our community and tickets can be bought locally. Remember if you are not in – you can’t win. Just think what you could buy with this nice little windfall… . TABLE QUIZ Villierstown Parents Association are hosting a “Table Quiz” in An Cruiscín Lán this Friday, 4th April, at 8.30 p.m. Lots of fun – lots of prizes. Table of 4, €20. Everyone welcome so do come along and support this local group. EASTER ART CAMP Due to popular demand, Cora will be running a children’s Art Camp catering to all ages on Monday, 14th April, in the VECP Community Room. Booking essential and there are limited places available. Contact Carol:- 0876635465 / VILLIERSTOWN MONTESSORI SCHOOL Booking now for the September 2014 start. For further information contact Lisa, 024-86001 / SUMMER CAMP FROM THE MONTESSORI TEAM This will be the second year that this camp will be run by the Montessori Team. It’s early to advertise this, but last year there was a long waiting list and lots of disappointment, so this year we will give you time to think about it and enrol your child. The camp will cover children from 3–6 years. The dates are initially July 7th – 18th with the possibility of a third week. Contact Lisa / Pauline at Villierstown Montessori School. VILLIERSTOWN MONTESSORI SCHOOL Important dates in the

schools calendar. The school tour has been booked for 24th June and the hi-light of the school year is the School Graduation booked for 27th June. Preparation is well underway for the floor show at this social event. Can’t wait. DANCE & FITNESS Last Tuesday saw the end of this terms Dance & Fitness classes in the Church Hall. It really was a great addition to village life and saw lots of people gather together in an attempt at keeping fit and laughing a lot. Thanks Tanya. Hope to see you again later on in the year. COMBAT CYBERBULLYING This latest worrying trend of cyberbullying is a parent’s worst nightmare. The office for Internet Safety has produced leaflets for parents, teachers and teenagers giving advice about helping the situation. VILLIERSTOWN BROWNIES & GIRL GUIDES – STILL COLLECTING Many thanks to everyone who very kindly donated to our Bric a Brac request.We are really delighted with the standard of ware being donated but we are still gathering stock, so get that spring cleaning gene working and donate your pre-loved, unwanted ware. Let’s face it most of our homes could do with a major spring clean, so get to it and donate. Drop off the goods on Thursday evening at the VECP Facility during the Guides Meeting between 5.30 p.m. – 7.00 p.m. Or call Valerie:-087-0525708 / Kirsty:- 085-1541928. JUMBLE SALE & CAKE SALE Sunday, 27th April, in Villierstown Church Hall – 12–3 p.m. HEALTHY PEOPLE ALERT Put your best foot forward this spring. Last year saw a group of locals join this walk and enjoy it immensely. Lakelands Festival of Walking for Every Walk of Life. Lace up, step up and have fun in Leitrim this April 4th–6th. Contact:- 071-9640588 / DAFFODIL DAY WATERFORD Last Friday saw the people of Waterford help the fight against cancer by supporting Daffodil Day. If you have been unable to support this day … still can, by phoning CallSave 1850606060 to donate or MAKE – A – WISH Make–A-Wish is appealing for volunteers to give them their time for one day, on Thursday, 10th April, to help sell their Wish Day wristbands. Contact:- Make-A-Wish is the charity which grants wishes to children living with life threatening medical conditions. RNLI’S MAYDAY The RNLI is issuing a ‘Mayday’ appeal for volunteers to help with the charity’s national fundraising event. Anyone interested in getting involved check or call 01-8951837. IRISH SPORT HORSE INDUSTRY A regional meeting for the Irish Sport Horse industry will take place in the Hotel Kilkenny, Kilkenny, on Thursday, 3rd April, at 7.30 p.m. Horse Sport Ireland, the Royal Dublin Society and Teagasc are working together to plan an outline for the future of the industry. DAIRY FARMERS OPEN DAY A TEAGASC Open Day for all dairy farmers entitled ‘Breeding Strategies for an Expanding Dairy Industry’ will take place at the Moorepark Dairygold research farm in Kilworth, Co. Cork, on Wednesday, 9th April, at 10.00 a.m. SHORT STORY COMPETITION 2014 RTE Radio 1, Short Story Competition is now accepting entries. This is a great way to get recognition for all your hard work. Anyone with an interest in the written word “Go for It”. Have a try. www.rte/radio1/francis-macmanus-short-story/

DAYTRIPPER Daytripper is back in Waterford from July 4th–6th. Lots of top acts booked including Kasier Chiefs, David Gray, Paloma Faith and lots more. A weekend of sunshine and good music is expected. DEISE AGAINST PLYONS 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 contact by phone, email or Facebook or Midi 0852801977. Deise Against Pylons – deiseagainstpylons@gmail.c om We are looking for voluntaries to help man our information stall at the Farmers’ Market at The Square in Dungarvan. Times are from 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Contact us on Deise Against Phone 085 2801937. DEISE AGAINST PYLONS MARCH The new date for the Deise Against Pylons March is Tuesday, 15th April. Transport information nearer the date. 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. FARMER OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2014 Hardly any entries from Waterford – get moving people €25,000 in prizes to be won. Lots of categories – Beef Farmer, Dairy Farmer, Sheep Farmer, Tillage Farmer, Equestrian Business, Contractor, Rising Star. Entry form: If any group or individual has anything they would like to be included in these notes, just let me know. THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK Recession is when a neighbour loses his job. Depression is when you lose yours.

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Experience a lunch time with a difference! The perfect Friday lunchtime treat... Lismore Music Festival Lunchtime Arias return to the Gaiety Theatre Friday, 11th May LMF's popular Lunchtime Arias series returns with talented students from DIT, Cork School of Music and the Royal Irish Academy of Music performing a variety of repertoire and wonderful arias at lunchtime in the city centre. The lunchtime concerts are hosted by Irish Soprano Sandra Oman and are part of the Lismore Music Festival’s commitment to supporting young Irish singers and providing them with a much needed platform for public performance. Doors open at 12.30 pm, performance begins in the Crush Bar at 1.15 pm and finishes by 2 pm sharp so you will be back to your desk in a great mood for Friday afternoon. Soup & Sandwiches are inlcuded in the ticket price

Sandra Oman Pre booking is recomof €20 and all proceeds go towards the Lismore Music mended as limited places Festival programme for pro- are available - www.lisviding performance oppor- or tunities for young Irish 0879721776 singers.

Parish of Lismore and Ballysaggart THOSE who are studying Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation on the Proclamation of the Gospel are sharing his personal Faith and commitment to the Gospel. He speaks about the value of one to one support in the Faith journey. Good parents give time to the faith journey of their own children. Sharing Faith matters in a open honest way enthuses both parent and young person. Remember all this work is guided and inspired by the Spirit dwelling within. We do not need expert training to do this work. Everyone can start where they are in faith and sharing that Faith enriches all.

Being a disciple means being constantly ready to bring the love of Jesus to others and this can happen unexpectedly in any place; on the street, in the town, during work, on a journey. We need to move away from the thinking that all the responsibility for the spiritual and material well being of the parish resides on the one priest. Everyone who believes carries their own personal responsibility to act for the good of the Church according to their Baptismal anointing. To say that we have not sinned is to call God al liar, but when anyone admits that they have sinned God comes to them and forgives.

We will gather on Palm Sunday evening at 7.00 p.m. in St. Carthage’s Church to celebrate our Communal Sacrament of Penance. Even the young children know the adults need to deal with saying sorry and accepting words of repentance. Fr. M. Cullinan, P.P. MASS TIMETABLE. Saturday, 5th April - Vigil Mass in Lismore at 7.30 p.m. Sunday, 6th April 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

Members of the Cappoquin Active Retirement Group take part in the Cappoquin Parade.

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Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 4 April, 2014


CARNIVAL MEETING The Tradfest is just over for an eighth consecutive year – and well done to all involved yet again – and the circus in town as we write. Well, in case you thought the fun would somehow come to an end at that point, those interested in helping with this year’s Cornerstone Carnival are warmly invited to the next meeting of the committee, on Tuesday, April 8th, in the Toby Jug. Latest news is that we can expect some rather scantily, and scarily, clad ‘men in pink’ to make an appearance during the carnival, not to mention a number of aerial spectacles, but more details in due course. HERITAGE GROUP’S POP-UP SHOP Over the weekend of April 11th-13th next, Cappoquin Heritage Group will open a pop-up shop at Lynch’s in Lower Main Street. We are hoping people will donate any unwanted goods, such as books, toys, ornaments and other non-perishables to help this fundraising effort, and the shop will be open for business from the afternoon of Friday, April 11th, to the afternoon of Sunday, April 13th.The shop will be open every evening from Tuesday, April 8th, between 7.30 and 9.00 p.m., in order to receive any goods that people might wish to donate, while full details of opening times will be in next week’s papers and on

the posters around town. Any and all support will be greatly appreciated. THIS WEEK’S PHOTO This week’s photograph is a Lawrence collection original, sourced from Waterford County Museum. It depicts a scene at Lower Main Street, sometime between the 1870s (when St. Anne’s Church lost its wooden spire to a fire) and the early 1900s. In order to take this picture, the photographer must have planted himself, or herself, in the middle of what is now the N72 for several minutes, setting up a tripod, external flash, curtain, the lot. This picture was a novelty and also a big deal in those days – even the horse in the picture seems to be striking a very deliberate pose for this shot, if you look at him closely enough! Some of the detail in this image is quite intriguing. The absence of any other vehicle of any sort, the fashions of the few people on the street, the lack of a paved surface on the road are all quite different to nowadays.There isn’t a double yellow line, or a street sign to be seen. What might not be as obvious is the fact that the clock frame on the church is a different shape today, being repaired by John Crowley Senior around 1942. John Crowley Jnr explained that his father actually carried out significant plasterwork repairs to

the church at that stage, using a round carriage wheel for a mould to replace the square clock frame in the picture here. The lamp over the church gate is one of the old paraffin street lamps. These are gone completely from the town now, but a holder identical to the one pictured here can still be seen over the entrance to Murray’s hardware in Barrack Street. It was clearly a day of great sunshine when this image was captured – notice the shadows cast by the giant trees in St. Anne’s garden, and the canopies outside Russells’ and Murphys’ sheltering the goods on display. St. Anne’s clock tells us it was three o’clock when the photo was taken too - mid afternoon. What is most fascinating of all, perhaps, is the degree to which the traditional shopfronts of Cappoquin have remained intact since this photograph was taken. Little do many people realise how significant architecturally much of the streetscape in this part of town is – note the archways over Russells’, now Kellehers’, the bay windows overhead on a number of buildings, the timber frontage on Mansfields’ at the left of the picture – where the Heritage Group’s pop-up shop will be located. Thanks very much to everyone who has appreciated our photo features and contributed pictures and information to them. Next week, among the latest news, we hope to print a fascinating account of the day almost seventy years ago that the soldiers who guarded Irish (and Cornerstone) neutrality during World War II left the town as peace approached. You will enjoy it!

Cappoquin Snooker and Billiards Club Junior Cup finalists Alex Hennebry (runner-up) and Keith Mason (winner).

Cappoquin Snooker & Billiards Club

Jack McCarthy Memorial Billiards KILLIAN O’Sullivan has been crowned 2014 Jack McCarthy memorial billiards champion after a brilliant display of billiards against Darren Mason on Wednesday evening last. This was always going to be a game that whichever player got on top would have the advantage as the two lads are the best two billiards players in the club. Killian got off to a flying start and soon opened up a twenty three point lead before Darren got off the mark. The balls were falling nicely for Killian and he scored very well indeed. Try as Darren might he could not get to grips with Killian who was outstanding on the night and was a deserving winner over a gallant Darren who was first to admit that Killian was on fire and deserving of his

Music and more in Melleray OUR second monthly seisiún will be held this Sunday, 6th April from 5.00 p.m. - 7.00 p.m. All musicians, singers, dancers and sto-

rytellers young, older and inbetween are welcome. Please join us for a fun session. All queries to Noreen on 087 2814683.

success. Kevin McCarthy was on hand to present the trophies to our runner-up Darren Mason followed by the cup to our billiards champion Killian O’Sullivan who was claiming his third Jack McCarthy billiards title. JUNIOR CUP 2014 KEITH MASON IS CHAMPION This season’s Junior Cup final saw Alex Hennebry face Keith Mason to see who will be our Junior champion for 2013/14.This game had the makings of a tight affair and that is how it turned out with Keith Mason claiming the title. SUPER VALU 6 REDS The final of this season’s 6 red competition will see Keith Mason play Donnacha McGrath in what should make for a good final. This has proven

to be a great tournament every year for our younger players and our thanks to the Kelleher family for there continued sponsorship of this tournament. It is hoped to play this final as within the next two weeks and wouldn't it be great to see a large crowd there to support the two young lads. WILLIE GALLAGHER MEMORIAL CUP We are down to our semi-finals of this season’s Willie Gallagher Memorial Cup after Martin McCarthy secured his place in the last four after a very good win over Martin Reddy. He now faces Aaron O’Sullivan for a place in the final. This should be a very good game and one which could go either way. The other semi final will see Darren Mason play Michael Casey and again this should

be a tight game to call and could go either way. Whoever comes through them ties we are sure to have a very good final. NIGHT DUTY Monday 31st Darren Mason/Michael Casey Tuesday 1st Rhiney Walsh/Mossie Noonan Wednesday 2nd Martin McCarthy/Aaron O’Sullivan JOIN US ON FACEBOOK Why not keep in touch with us by friend requesting us on Facebook where you can see what is going on within the club. Darren Mason has been busy taking pictures and downloading them onto the page which will give you all the latest news from the club at the click of a button. Also dates for tournaments etc will be posted on the site.

Cappoquin DAWN CHORUS WALK CCDCL Dawn Chorus Walk will take place Monday, 4th August, 6.00 a.m., through Glenshelane Woods, followed by cooked breakfast in Cappoquin Community Centre. Cards available shortly, so get out and start walking reaching your target on the 4th August.

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Scor Na Paisti will take place this Saturday, 5th April, in Cappoquin Community Centre, commencing at 6.30 p.m., a great night’s entertainment. Refreshments will be served in the Community Centre Hall after the BLESSING OF THE BABIES CEREMONY next Sunday, 6th April. Cappoquin Community

Development Co. Ltd. Lotto: Monday, 31st March, 2014. Jackpot €13,100.Won by No Winner. Numbers:1,9,11 & 13. Consolation Prizes: Ann Byrne, Dungarvan Road; Oisin Dalton, c/o Mason’s, Ann Kiely, Green St.; Jenny Coughlan, Bawnfune; Carmel O'Brien, Aglish, and Michael Fenton, Abbeyglen.

Next Draw: Monday, 7th April, 2014. €13,200. All proceeds goes towards the Community Centre. CAPPOQUIN TIDY TOWNS Cappoquin Tidy Towns will be holding their next meeting on April 8th, at 8.00 p.m. in Cappoquin Community Centre. Looking forward to seeing our Committee then.

Quiddlers Cappoquin’s Baby and Toddler Group LOTS of fun to look forward to at Quiddlers Cappoquin's baby and Toddler group. On Wednesday, 9th April at 10 till 12 in the hall at Cappoquin Community Centre we will be having an Easter party for the children with an Easter Egg Hunt and

Easter Bunny making. We will be closed for the Easter holidays so there will be no meeting on the 16th or 23rd April. We will be back in full swing on the 30th April and going on an outing to a Play Centre on the 7th of May. More

details to follow. New members are always welcome anytime just come along on Wednesday mornings from 10.00 a.m. to the Community Centre in Cappoquin. For more information call Samantha Cullinan on 086-1948766.



Modeligo NAOMH BRÍD REGISTRATION DAY The Club Registration Day will take place on Sunday next, April 6th, in Modeligo, with a number of underage games planned to take place as well as the annual Club Fundraiser, namely the "ballroll", which always proves to be great craic. Some of the youngsters representing the club in 3 different age groups will be playing gaelic games on the field on Sunday morning following the ball roll. This is in line with the main focus of the day, which is to get people together who are involved, or indeed have players involved with the club. Also it provides an opportunity to get registration paid and signed up for the playing year. Also you can see some of our players in action and meet those actively involved. The Club is always willing to listen to ideas from anyone willing to get involved so, if you could see yourself coming on board and helping in any way with out juvenile club, beidh failte mór romhat Finally, a reminder that all club details will be posted shortly in the Naomh Brid Juvenile GAA club, Co. Waterford facebook page. Also a reminder of our club fees U-10 and downwards: €10; Individual Members: €15; Family Reg: €30. See you all on Sunday morning next! SCOR NA bPÁISTÍ Well done and hearty congratulations to the boys and girls who participated in the Scor na bPáisti on Friday week last at the

Community Centre. We had performances in the Figure dancing groups X 2, Set dancing, Ballad groups X 2, instrumental music, and Tráth na geist. Now, we were successful in qualifying for both figure dancing groups and also our set dancers, so that was great news! Many thanks to Kathy McGrath (dance teacher), Mr. B. Kinsella and Ms A Foley (Schoolteachers) parents and all our vocal supporters on the night. The county finals will be held in Cappoquin on Saturday, April 5th. Best wishes to our dancers. MODELIGO NEWS If you wish to include any news items, good wishes, notices of upcoming events ect in the Modeligo News, please text or ring me at 087 2711204, or email me at CRANNCHUR AITIUL Thanks a million once again to our eager-beaver salespersons who sold over 400 units last week and of course to each and every one of you out there who purchased. And here's a reminder to all that we have a jackpot of €2,400 for next weekend's draw: so don't forget that it's just €2 to play, you select any 3 numbers between 1 and 30. Latest numbers drawn were 15, 23 and 30. Bhuaigh na daoine seo leanas €25 an duine sa`mhala séanmhar: Cora Beresford, Clashmore; Assumpta Dalton, Piltown; Johnny McGrath, Clashnagoneen and Bertie McCarthy, Bawnavinogue.


Comhaltas Craobh na gComarach TRAD AT ITS BEST The Boathouse Cappoquin was the destination for many of our members last Friday night to hear Clara Mannion's band Four in a Boat. Always a comfortable venue for concerts, on this occasion it was extra special with not a microphone in sight, and two of our own members on stage, Clara and her friend Sarah O'Gorman. There were many appealing aspects to this concert not least the many solos something that always satisfies the real trad follower. With the absence of amplification and the good acoustics of the venue the natural sound and clarity of each instrument was pleasing to the ear. Nowadays top quality instruments are in plentiful supply and these four talented young musicians produced a nights entertainment to satisfy the many discerning members of the audience. There were a number of very memorable sets with the guitar solo leaving a lasting impression. An instrument which has come into its own only in recent decades this young man Darragh Horan from Newcastlewest has certainly reached new heights. Outside of the terrifically controlled playing the sound of this particular guitar was unique with most strikinly of all a delightful sustain in the notes. His set of jigs started with the well worn Sweet Biddy Daly into Out in the Ocean and finishing with the surprising Rolling Wave where he was joined by the others on fiddle, concertina and box. The solos of both Clara and Sarah were greeted with sustained applause and two songs from Clara “Long Long Before Your Time” and “In My Fathers House” with gentle instrumental accompaniment by the others, gave further indications that these young performers will be part of the future of Irish music. The widely travelled and respected box-player Conor Moriarty already a mature entertainer and teacher gave his usual rounded performance. Coming from Killarney and crediting the wonderful Sliabh Luachra Box player Jimmy Doyle as a strong influence, it was no wonder at all that the sets of slides and polkas he led were among the audiences favourites. A rousing call for two encores brought a great concrert to a close before we headed to hear the session with another of our own box player Seán Kearney and his friends. THE SUNDAY SESSION It is quite fitting that we should write about the weekly Sunday Session in Cúil na Sméar following the great progress of our advancing musicians so prominent on stage and in sessions locally and further afield. A free faciltated event the regular gathering for our young musicians continues to produce top class performers and also gives an opening to the dedicated young leaders who help out each week. From age 6 to 16 and beyond our up and coming entertainers have dragged reluctant parents to this event for many years. Slowly the attraction of seeing their progress and satisfaction at being able to play in front of others wins the most reluctant to a great hour of entertainment.

Spring Clean on Saturday THE road between Clonmel and Dungarvan will receive a facelift this weekend when people of the above area will assemble en masse to rid it of litter, in a now annual event. The event was first initiated by Cllr. Michael J. O’Ryan upon election to Waterford County Council and he himself has coordinated the event for last four years. 2014 represents the fifth staging of the clean up. “It has become a great success. We would now have 80-90 people involved in the morning’s work. The area exhibits so much community spirit and it was no wonder that this area went on to win National honours in the Pride of Place Competition in 2011.The local Tidy Towns

Committee does great work in maintaining the area and it is fully behind this venture.”The village has seen its annual point’s allocation increase year on year these past few years. Over the last four years litter has been collected from the Finger Post at Kilmacomma to Knockaraha at the turn off of the R671 for Cappoquin including large tracts of the Nire valley also. Last year a total of 40 miles was covered on both sides.This year it is hoped to stretch further along the Dungarvan road into the Touraneena hinterland. However, as the councillor states “We can only match our work load to the numbers present.” This event would not be possible without the assis-

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tance of Waterford County Council and its Environmental Officer, Anne Sullivan. Cllr. O’Ryan heaps praise on both also mentioning An Taisce, whose insurance the event is organised under and indeed all who turn up annually to make it the success it has become. “None more so than leaders, drivers, caterers, Garda and general public.” Cllr O’Ryan says it is important for public representatives to lead the way in this regard. By having clean roads, tourists will relay good reports and this will help kick start local economies. We want them to bring back good reports and encourage others to visit.” People are asked to come

along to Ballymacarbry Community Centre on Saturday, 5th April at 8:30 am. They are asked to bring along High Vis vests, gloves and litter pickers if possible. Other gear will be supplied. The event will run from 9-12 noon. Refreshments which will be served to all following the event. Motorists travelling this road are asked to proceed with caution on the morning and it is a general request of the coordinator and leaders that children U-16 would not litter pick on the regional road but may do so if accompanied on the local roads. For further information please contact 087 6683346.

Enjoying the Dungarvan St. Patrick’s Day Parade were the Condon family.

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St. Mary’s Church of Ireland KNIT & NATTER Alternate Thursdays starting on Thursday, 3rd April, 2014. All levels of knitters welcome. 10.00 a.m. – 12 noon. St. Mary’s Church of Ireland, Dungarvan. Learn to knit if you can’t! Enjoy company and a cuppa.Wool provided if you need it to knit for Church cushions and charity. Contact: Kate on (058)

43658 or Noreen (087) 6264936. Facebook: Charity Vintage Tea Rooms. YOU ARE NOT ALONE Been bereaved by suicide? Join others in a similar situation for a free cup of tea and a chat. First Tuesday of every month from April, 10.00 a.m. – 12 noon, St. Mary’s Church of Ireland,

Dungarvan. Contact: Breda Maher on (086) 8922498. FOOD FESTIVAL WEEKEND Wedding Dress Exhibition and Afternoon Teas on Friday 11th (2–5 p.m.), Saturday 12th and Sunday, 13th April, 11.30 a.m. – 3.00 p.m. In aid of GROW and Church Repair Fund. Contact Rita if you can lend your dress!

Avondhu Blackwater Partnership . . .

Avondhu Blackwater combats fallout of rural crisis THE Irish Independent highlighted this week a growing crisis in rural Ireland. According to the Irish Independent, “almost 550 rural areas lost 10 percent of their population between 1991 and 2011 [and] almost 40 percent of this number have left since 2006.” These figures represent, by and large, younger adults. The older people who stay behind do so in conditions of greater isolation.The network that they once enjoyed, populated by local friends and family, is dwindling rapidly. Without these younger members of society older people are far too often left without any support system at all. Companies like Avondhu

Blackwater Partnership, Fermoy, are striving hard to lessen the fallout. The company’s Community Connect programme, which targets isolated and lonely older members of society, provides social contact for people who otherwise would have none. The programme’s telephone befriending service goes a long way toward reversing the effects of mass rural emigration on those older citizens. Trained and experienced staff members engage in regular, over-the-phone chats on a variety of subjects (including, but not limited to, current affairs, gardening and family), giving clients a sense of being

involved in the community. Regular conversation reduces the feeling of loneliness and isolation, and improve one’s quality of life and wellbeing. Avondhu Blackwater Partnership’s telephone befriending service, in addition to other Community Connect services – handyman, advocacy – is available throughout the Avondhu Blackwater region, covering the Blarney, Mallow, Fermoy and West Waterford rural and urban areas. If you or someone you know would like to receive a phone call from Community Connect, contact Mary at 025 33411, or email


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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.

Catholicism - “The Indispensible Men: Peter and Paul” Why not come to the Friary House, Lower Main Street on Wednesday, 2nd April from 7.30 p.m. to 9.00 p.m. Episode 5 presents the Church missionary endeavour which begins with the adventures of Saint Peter and Saint Paul from Ephesus, Corinth, Athens and Rome. Fr. Barron traces the influence of these two great apostles and their enduring legacies in the life of the church. What a pleasant way to spend your Wednesday evenings during Lent.

Ballymacarbry Community News BALLYMACARBRY'S Fashion and Trad Fusion Show on Friday, 11th April, 2014. Fundraising event in aid of The Mercy Hospital Foundation Cork and Ballymacarbry Community Centre.Wine Reception at 7.30 p.m. and show starts at 8.00 p.m. Featuring fashions from Carraig Donn, Dunnes Stores,Vila, Pavoni, Corcra, Fran & Jane, Marks & Spencers, 6th Sense, Evolution, Noel Devereux menswear,Waterlily Brides,The Equine Warehouse and footwear from Moroney’s. * Tickets €20 available from Community Centre. * Raffle prizes and refreshments on the night and post show traditional music entertainment.

Ballyduff Cards Results 26.03.14 – 1st Joan Hannon & Mary Fitzgerald; 2nd Pat O Connor & Helen Morrissey. 4/5 Mary Whelan & Christy Higgins; Breada Cotter & Mary Leddy. Lucky Tables: Dan Howard & Eddie Sheehan; Stephan Cunningham & Nellie Devine. Raffle: Breada Cotter, Marie Heskin, Mary Whelan, Mary Fennessey, Dan Howard, Shelia Lonergan, Sean Higgins x 2, Mary Allen, Dinny Tobin.

Group of models pictured at the recent St. Mary’s Church of Ireland Vintage Tea Rooms very successful Fashion Show, proceeds in aid of Church Repair Funds. Clothes by Dress to Impress, Mary Street, Dungarvan. [Pawel Lorenc,]

Ballysaggart Danu a big hit in Hawaii

BALLYSAGGART TIDY VILLAGES Once again the time for planting has arrived. Saturday morning next all meeting at the Church at 10 o’clock for tree planting. Please bring spades and High Vis Jackets Refreshments will be served in the Community Centre. Then on to the National Spring Clean on Saturday, 26th April hoping all litter pickers will be ready for that Saturday more details later. Contact Numbers: Mark Veale 0857736905; Michael J. 0868377590 and Anne 0877545727. SCOR NA bPAISTI The club took part in the last of the qualifying rounds

of Scor na bPaisti which was held in the Knockanore Hall last Friday night. On the night the figure group of Sheena and Tara Lowe and Erin and Reena Meagher qualified for the county final. We had two beautiful solo singers, Katie Meagher who sang Red is the Rose and Sheena Lowe who sang Will Ye Go Lassie Go. Reena Meagher performed The Old Woman of the road on the night. Next up it was the turn of the Ballad Group of Ciara Meagher, Michelle Murphy, Leanne Pickford, Niamh Meagher and Sheena Lowe. They sang two beautiful songs on the night and credit for the performance which was well

received by the audience. Our young musicians of Katie Meagher, Erin and Reena Meagher played two pieces of music which was enjoyed by all. Finally, our budding actors took to the stage where they performed. This was highly entertaining and well done to the girls as they also have qualified for the county final. The girls have put in a lot of hard work over the last couple of weeks and now all roads lead to Cappoquin Hall this Saturday night, 5th April for the county final which is due to start at 6 p.m. It would be great to see you all there to support the girls on the night.

been working with their US agent for over a year on this leg of their US tour. 'We have been invited back by all the venues so maybe in the next few years we will get to enjoy it all over again, it was a real success for us' tells McCarthy. Danú are already planning a big 20th Anniversary year for 2015 and to help kick this off they will be appearing at Dungarvan's TradFest on Sunday June 1st in the Park Hotel so be sure to save the date! Keep an eye on local press and for more details.

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Knit & Natter KNITTING, chatting and good company over a cup of tea. Can’t knit, we can show you or just come for a natter! Alternate Thursdays in the Charity Vintage tea rooms, St. Mary’s Church of Ireland, Dungarvan, Co.Waterford. Thursday, 3rd April, 10.00 a.m. – 12 noon. All most welcome.

Quiddlers Cappoquin’s Baby and Toddler Group LOTS of fun to look forward to at Quiddlers Cappoquin's baby and Toddler group. On Wednesday, 9th April at 10 till 12 in the hall at Cappoquin Community Centre we will be having an Easter party for the children with an Easter Egg Hunt and Easter Bunny making.We will be closed for the Easter holidays so there will be no meeting on the 16th or 23rd April. We will be back in full swing on the 30th April and going on an outing to a Play Centre on the 7th of May. More details to follow. New members are always welcome anytime just come along on Wednesday mornings from 10.00 a.m. to the Community Centre in Cappoquin. For more information call Samantha Cullinan on 0861948766.

WATERFORD based band Danú became a big hit in Hawaii after they performed some concerts there as part of their annual March USA tour. They performed on three of the Hawaiian Islands of Maui, Hawaii and Oahu to sell-out audiences. The band also had some days during these performances to enjoy the tropical Islands. 'It was certainly a trip of a lifetime and one we won't forget ever' explains Waterford Accordionist with Danú Benny McCarthy. Benny is also the band's manager and has

Davy Russell, Gold Cup winning jockey, with Sean O'Brien, Leinster and Irish Rugby Star, at the annual Celebrity Donkey Derby in the East Cork Town of Youghal. The Donkey Derby was held to raise funds for Youghal's Queen Of The Sea Festival which will take place between the 11th and 13th July, 2014. The festival will be raising funds for Childline and the RNLI. [John Hennessy]

TWO DONATIONS Recently we got two donations to add to our ever growing collection. The first was a nicely framed painting of the ship “Harvey” painted by a local artist. At the moment it is taking centre stage at the Parish Office. The Harvey is reputed to be one of the nicest ships ever to sail out of Dungarvan Harbour. The second item is a large book running to two hundred and fifty pages with a disk containing eight episodes from “On This Day” – volume 1, attached to the back cover. It is narrated by Julian Walton with pianist Des Manahan. This coming Sunday, 6th April we will have both the ship and the book on display at the Parish Office, Strandside South from 2.30 p.m. – 5.30 p.m. Eddie Cantwell will be available to answer your queries and parking is available close by at the Pond.



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Environment Today

Make it Yourself, Grow it Yourself Mobile Garden Competition 2014 Danny Mullins, Katie O'Farrell and James Skelly, representing Mick Coleman's Garage and Team Bailey, at the annual Celebrity Donkey Derby in the East Cork Town of Youghal. The Donkey Derby is being held to raise funds for Youghal's Queen Of The Sea Festival which will take place between the 11th and 13th July, 2014. The festival will be raising funds for Childline and the RNLI. [John Hennessy]

Ballinameela 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 0872480321. Each month one of the committee is responsible for opening and closing for events on in the hall, April is Pauline Ryan 087-2480321. Current events on in the hall and local community: Finisk Valley AC News. Any children in our community who is interested running, jumping or throwing and would like to get involved in athletics, call down to Ballinameela community pitch/hall, training times are Wednesday & Friday evenings from 7.00 pm to 8.00 pm, there will be no training Sundays morning for the next three weeks. The club will be having its first outing to CIT for Leevale AC open Track & Field Meet on Sunday, 6th April, Best of luck to all the athletes’ traveling to Cork as it will be the first time for many of our young athletes competing a Track & Field Meet. Anybody interesting in competing in these please contact the club. Ferrybank AC will be holding their Track & Field Meet on Sunday, 13th April at Waterford RSC. St. Senan's AC will be holding a Track & Field Meet in Kilmacow on Easter Monday, 21st April. Full program on events can be obtained at our training sessions. Badminton: Tuesday 8-10 p.m. Contact Mairead Morrissey 087-7681975. Foroige Club: Ballinameela Foroige are having a bake sale in the Ballinameela Community Centre, on Saturday, the 5th of April from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m after mass to raise funds for our club. Please support. Club meets Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. for 12-18 year olds in the Community Centre. For more informa-

tion contact Claire Seery on 087-6662326 or Maureen Culloo on 086-3428621. Check out their facebook page Ballinameela-Foroige. Irish Dancing: Fridays at 3:15 – 4:15 p.m. for all school going kids. Class teacher is Deirdre Kiely, contact Deirdre on 086-0640892 for more information. New beginners always welcome. St. Cathaldus Feast Day: It is accepted by historians and by Archbishop Papa and Church Authorities of Taranto that St. Cathaldus, the Patron and Saint Protector of the city and Region of Taranto in Southern Italy was born in Canty, in 637AD. Over the years there have been many visits by Church and State dignitaries from the Taranto region to see the Holy well of St. Cathaldus in Canty There have also been reciprocal visits to Taranto by members of the local community in Canty and wider Parish and also by representatives from Dungarvan County Council to honour the feast day of St. Cathaldus which is held over a three day festival beginning on 10th May each year. This year it is planned to have a delegation from the area attend the ceremony and festivities in Taranto on the 10th May. If interested in making the trip please contact 086-3028144. ADULT, BABY AND TODDLER GROUP Now meet on a Wednesday mornings 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. AGLISH FIT4LIFE Aglish Fit4Life every Tuesday and Thursday evening starting at 7:30pm. The aim of Fit4Life is to try and motivate people to get up and out and start the New Year with a bit of exercise.You can Run, Jog or Walk a few kilometres. All levels of fitness catered for. The aim of the group will be to get people to participate in the Aglish Fun

Run on Easter Monday. Participants must wear Hi-viz vests while taking part. A limited number are available free of charge, but if you have one yourself it would be great. Come along and bring a friend.The more the merrier. Cost is €2 per night with all proceeds going to Childrens Hospital Crumlin. Meet at 7.30 pm at Aglish Community Hall. You can join at any time. More details on Facebook at aglishfunrun. DEISE AGAINST PYLONS We can be contacted by phone, email or Facebook. Telephone: 085-2801977. E m a i l : Facebook: Deise Against Pylons. 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 ommunityalert 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 - 31st MARCH, 2014 Winning numbers were: 9, 19, 26. No winner. €20 winners: A. Curran, Cappagh; Kitty Longan, Kereen; Eoin Fitzgerald, Kinsalebeg; Albert McGrath, Drumrue; Bernie McHugh, Ballinameela. Next week’s jackpot €6,950 and will take place in the Cruiscín Lán.

THE West Waterford Festival of Food in conjunction with Be Green Environment Protection Agency (EPA), Waterford County Council, Grow It Yourself (GIY), Glanbia and Primary Schools in County Waterford are participating in a Project called Make it Yourself – Grow it Yourself mobile garden competition. This is a two part project which involves the following; • Construct a GIY container from recycled / reused materials and must be mobile • Plant up the containers with a view to presenting pot and plants at the opening ceremony of West Waterford Festival of Food on

Thursday, 10th April, in the Civic Offices, Dungarvan. An advice session was held in Dungarvan Country Life store Glanbia, in March with Horticulturist Malachy Doherty, Grow It Yourself volunteer Alexis Guilbride, teachers, from participating schools, co-ordinators Catherine Kavanagh West Waterford Festival of Food and Anne Sullivan Waterford County Council. Malachy Doherty Horticulturist with Glanbia and Alexis Guilbride gave advice on suitable containers for growing seeds, what seeds to grow and conducted a demonstration on sowing seeds and potatoes. The following 8 Primary Schools

are participating in the Competition; Ballymacarbry National School Kilbrien National School Cul na smear National School Carriglea National School Garranbane National School Knockmahon National School Crehana National School Seafield National School We would like to take this opportunity to wish all the participants all the best with their entries and look forward to seeing their display in the Civic Offices on April 10th for the Official Opening of the West Waterford Festival of Food.

Pictured are Malachy Doherty, Horticulturist, CountryLife, Dungarvan; Alexis Guilbride, GIY Dungarvan; Primary school participants on the MIY GIY project, 2014. Also present were Anne Sullivan, Education and Awareness Officer, Waterford County Council; Lisa Curran, CountryLife, and Catherine Kavanagh, West Waterford Festival of Food. Nice quote for this week, “It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much IRELAND is a country that has a proud tradition in the various artistic fields. Whether its painting, music, writing, acting or any number of creative crafts, Ireland has far more than its fair share of top notch exponents. But, ART, is invariably a lonely, though personally fulfilling, occupation and the people who dedicate their lives to it need a little encouragement from time to time. So, if you find yourself in the vicinity of a craft shop, a small gallery or

a pavement artist, call in and say hello. You can praise or criticize, or even "tut, tut" if you like. Feedback may not always be agreed with, but it is always welcomed. We may be "showing off", but, unlike the politicians, its not elitist. Its just creative people looking for some belief in their work and to let them know that they are NOT going crazy. Ballinameela Creatives meet every Wednesday at 7.30 p.m.

performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.” -Vincent van Gogh


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Non Uniform Day raised €300 for the Buzzy for Izzy Fund at Kinsalebeg National School.

West Waterford WEDDING BELLS Glavin – Darbyshire St. Cronin’s Church, Clashmore, was the setting for the beautiful wedding on Saturday, March 15th – of Anne Marie Glavin, daughter of Billy and Maureen Glavin, Coolbagh, Clashmore, and Liam Darbyshire, son of John and Mary Darbyshire, Sandown Isle of Wight. The bride was taken from her home to the church by horse and carriage – where Fr. Seamus Aherne officiated for the Nuptial ceremony Bridesmaids were Helen Glavin, sister of the bride, and friend Freda Trihy, while bestman and groomsman were Derrick Power and Mickey Duke. Following the ceremony two very special guests, Andrew and Linda Dervan who travelled from Michigan, USA, joined with Anne Marie and Liam’s family and friends for a wonderful celebration of their marriage at their wedding reception at Lawlors Hotel, Dungarvan. Mr. and Mrs. Darbyshire have now returned to England where they presently work and reside – to you both we extend the congratulations and best of all your family and friends back here in Clashmore. AGLISH – BALLINAMEELA – MOUNT STUART PARISH Lenten Project on the Mass – Our Lenten Project on the Mass continues all through Lent and a brochure will be distributed around Palm Sunday. First Penance – First penance takes place in Ballinameela Church on Tuesday, April 8th, at 7.00 p.m. Masses of Reconciliation – Masses of Reconciliation take place in Aglish on Monday, April 14th, at 7.15 p.m. and in Ballinameela on Wednesday, April 16th, at 7.15 p.m. Divine Mercy Sunday – Feast of Divine Mercy is Sunday, April 27th, cere-

monies and Mass here in Aglish Church at 2.45 p.m. Dates for your Diary – Thursday, July 24th – 12 noon Annual celebration of Mass at St. Declan’s Well, Toor. St. Cathaldus Well Mass – to be arranged. July – Grave Masses for 2014. Friday, July 4th – Aglish. Friday, July 11th – Mount Stuart. Friday, July 18th – Ballinameela. CLASHMORE 45 DRIVE Our weekly Clashmore 45 Drive took place at the Decies Bar on Monday night – March 31st – our top prize winners this week on nine games were Mary O’Donovan and Carmel Buckley. In second place on seven / eight games we had Mike Hunt and Martin Lynch, Assumpta Dalton and Pat Dalton, Margaret Leahy and Dan Leahy. Best of the last five were James Connon and John Smiddy. Our lucky last game winners were Ann Ledingham and Noel Nugent.Well done to all our winners and thanks to everyone for your support. Cards again next Monday night, see you all at 9.00 p.m. sharp. CLASHMORE / KINSALEBEG LADIES FOOTBALL Cake Sale – Clashmore / Kinsalebeg Ladies Football will be holding a cake sale on Sunday morning, 20th April. We will have lots of delicious treats so please come along and support us. Further information next week. Membership – Registration is now overdue. The membership rates are as follows: 11–12 years €35, 13–14 years, €38 15–17 years €43, adult player €60, and non-player €25. Can everyone please have the correct fee in an envelope with the players name address and date of birth and telephone number on the envelope? Recycling Collection –

Clashmore / Kinsalebeg Ladies Football will be holding a recycling collection on the 3rd of May [due to be confirmed for definite]. We would appreciate if you would hold on to any items that you do not want. We will be collecting – clothing, household, textiles, i.e. curtains, towels, soft toys, handbags and books [no school books or magazines]. There will be further information in the coming weeks. KINSALEBEG MACRA NOTES On Sunday night last our club travelled to Cappoquin to take part in the county round of Volleyball. There were five clubs represented on the night – but none were a match for the mighty Kinsalebeg team who were victorious on the night – giving them another county title for 2014. We will now go on to compete in the AllIrelands in May. Best of luck to our team of Patrick Cunningham, Mark Cunningham, Maurice Ledingham, Edmond Og Ledingham, Eoin O’Keeffe, Ita Keevers, Racheal Pierce and Marie Hynes.Well done all. DROP IN PILATES Drop in pilates (mixed levels) with “Power Pilates” ! will take place in Clashmore GAA hall starting this week on the 3rd and 10th April at 7.30 p.m. No booking – no commitment – just pilates. Cost €10 per class – pay on the night do please come along and give it a try. CLASHMORE/ KINSALEBEG GAA EASTER BINGO Our next Club Bingo night will be our Easter edition and it will take place on Wednesday night, April 16th, at 8.00 p.m. at the GAA clubhouse. As ever we will have a great game prize fund on offer on the night as well as a bumper raffle and free refreshments for all so something there for everyone. Bus transport will be the same as usual with a bus leaving Cork Hill, Youghal, at 7.10 p.m. and also a bus

will leave from Quinns, Ardmore, at the same time via Grange. So a great night is ensured and all are welcome, so we hope to see you all coming along on the night! CLASHMORE RAMBLERS ALPHA LOTTO DRAW Sunday, March 30th Here are the results of the weekly Clashmore Ramblers Alpha Lotto Draw – which took place in the Clashmore last Sunday night, March 30th. The letters drawn were P. U. F. C. We had no winner jackpot winner so next week’s jackpot will be €1850. €20 each lucky dips went to: Dermot Murphy, Clashmore; Masie Roche, Clashmore; Thomas Burke, Ardmore. Thanks to all our friends for your continued support! DEISE AGAINST PYLONS The meeting in Lawlors Hotel on Friday, 28th March, was a huge success. Malcolm Brown outlined a much cheaper and more effective solution to the Pylon and Wind Turbine debate by the conversion of Moneypoint from Coal to Biomass. Moneypoint in County Clare supplies approx. 25% of Ireland's electricity today. The infrastructure spend on Pylons, the Grid25 project, is €3.8 Billion – this does not include the cost of the industrial wind farms them-

selves which is estimated at circa €2 million per turbine x 2,500 turbines or €5 Billion. The Moneypoint conversion is estimated at €380m 10% of Grid25 and circa 4% of the cost when Industrial Wind turbines are added in. We need a moratorium on all Pylon and Wind Turbine projects until Ireland's National Renewable Energy Action Plan (NREAP) is reviewed and reassessed in order to take stock of the engineering realities of today and the economic implications of sticking slavishly to yesterdays facts – when the facts change we have to change. Ireland cannot afford to waste money needlessly, money that will be added to your ESB bill. Malcolm's concise 11 page report is available on HAPPY BIRTHDAY LIAM Belated birthday greetings to Liam Glavin, Coolbagh, who celebrated his birthday last week. TRACTOR RUN The annual Sophie Moore Memorial Charity Tractor Run in aid of The Jack & Jill Foundation and The Lady Bird Ward – CUH [with the support of the Geraldines GAA] will take place on Sunday, April 13th, at 2.00 p.m. Entries just €20 will be taken at Aglish GAA grounds.

Further details later. COMMUNITY GAMES The county community games Art and handwriting competitions will be held on Saturday, 5th April, in Bunscoil na Naomh, Lismore, at 11.00 a.m. The Art is open to all children u8, 10, 12, 14 and 16, the handwriting is only for u10s. Each competitor must be under the age specified on the 31st of July in the year competitions are taking place. Our community games area is called CARA. The best of luck to anyone who takes part, for more info contact 087 6332321 or HAPPY BIRTHDAY A very happy birthday to Marion Power who celebrated her birthday this week from all her friends in Coolbagh. CLASHMORE / KINSALEBEG GAA LOTTO Jackpot €3,900 This week’s Clashmore / Kinsalebeg GAA Lotto draw took place on Monday night, our four numbers were 8, 13, 14, 20; we had now match four ticket in the drum. Next week’s jackpot will be €3,900 when our draw takes place at the Rising Sun. Well done to the following who were the lucky winners of €20 spot prizes: Jim McGrath, Grange; Billy Glavin, Coolbagh; John Dee,

Winners from Kinsalebeg National School in the Blackwater Garden Centre competition.

Toor; Mary O’Sullivan, Point Bar; Catherine Clarke, Monatrea. Thanks as always to all our supporters. KINSALEBEG SCHOOL Bizzy for Izzy Non-Uniform Day We held a second Bizzy for Izzy non-uniform day. We raised a huge total of €300 between the two days and the competition we ran. Well done to all the pupils! Blackwater Garden Centre Competition – We held a raffle for the prize of Planting Lessons in the Blackwater Garden Centre. Well done to the winners: Eoin Fitzgerald, Matthew Roddy, Mikey Hynes, Kyle Moloney, Jade Walsh, Mossie Keogh, Devin Maher, Dylan O'Driscoll, Isolde Tivey and Colm Moloney. Happy Planting! 2nd ANNUAL FUN RUN/WALK All roads lead to the west waterford village of Aglish – this coming easter Monday, April 21st, at 11.30 a.m. for the second annual Fun Run / Walk in aid of Our Lady’s Children Hospital Crumlin. Our run takes place over an optional 10k or 5k route while walkers will take the 5k route – entry is €7 or a donation – and sponsorship cards are also available – by phoning 087 8474285 – email: of on Facebook: www. Your support is very much appreciated.



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PROFILE Alice Daly

SHOOT RAW EXHIBITION Deise Camera Club is very pleased to announce their upcoming Photographic Exhibition in Dungarvan Shopping Centre from 9th to 27th April, 2014. We have always received a warm reception from you and look forward to meeting you all again soon. Our Exhibition will include a wide variety of new photographs and many inspiring images that we are sure you will really enjoy! We will also have some favourite photographs that get requested regularly!! Something for everyone… so please note on the calendar, Deise Camera Club Shoot Raw Exhibition, must see!!! Our recent club meeting was jam packed as usual. Sincere thanks to local Professional Photographer, Karen Dempsey, who gave us an inspirational talk and show of her images. We learned so many wonderful gems of wisdom from Karen on the secrets to her success! Lots of hard work and determination sure but more importantly how to relate to the image you want to create, how to capture the magic in a moment! Karen specialises in lifestyle photography which is real, natural and

Environmental Portraiture: 1st Pat the Coalman by Richard Cutbill.

tells stories. Her favourite part is working with children and families, aiming to capturing not just images but reflections of love that when they are taken out and looked at in twenty years time they smile with the memories the photo evokes! Check out Karen’s website at CLUB COMPETITION Our themes this month were Deise Greenway Project (monthly) and Environmental Portraiture, what is that?! … photos of people at work (quarterly). Congratulations to James O’Donnell who came 1st with Greenway Tunnel; 2nd Richard Cutbill and ‘Bridge over River Mahon’ and 3rd ‘Station House’ by Mary Herlihy. This particular theme was

a fantastic opportunity to view what promises to be a wonderful amenity for walkers, bikers and photographers alike once it is cleared for continued development. Congratulations to Richard Cutbill coming first with ‘Pat the Coalman’ in the quarterly competition, people at work; 2nd ‘Artistic Expression’ by Mary Ware and 3rd ‘Horizon in Oil Pastel’ by Michael Kelly. Theme for April is REFLECTIONS, b/w or colour, 5” x 7”.The longer evenings are a wonderful opportunity to get out with the camera and see what Mother Nature is stirring up after the long Winter. An array of colour, scent and visual pleasure is unfolding daily. Get out and enjoy! JOIN US If you enjoy what you

see here why not pay us a visit. Deise Camera Club meets on the second Tuesday of every month in the Town Hall Theatre, Friary St., Dungarvan. Why not stroll in and join us! You will be assured of a warm and friendly gathering of like-minded people who enjoy getting out with their camera and anticipate trying to capture those special moments in the ordinary every day. If you wish to contact Deise Camera Club Dungarvan you can email us at Check us out on FACEBOOK, Deise Camera Club Dungarvan, LIKE and SHARE!! You can also see more on our website m Deise Greenway Project: 1st Greenway Tunnel by James O’Donnell. 2nd ‘Bridge over River Mahon’ by Richard Cutbill. 3rd ‘Station House’ by Mary Herlihy. Environmental Portraiture: 1st Pat the Coalman’ by Richard Cutbill. 2nd ‘Artistic Expression’ by Mary Ware. 3rd ‘Horizon in Oil Pastel’ by Michael Kelly.

A Nice Cup of Tea – Photographed in Waterford 2011 Awards 1st Place in the SACC Competitions, Themed Section - Environmental Portraiture 2012/2013 1st Place in the IPF Competitions, Themed Section - Environmental Portraiture 2012/2013 Acceptance into the International Salon of Photography Competitions 2014 MORE AWARDS FOR OUR PHOTOGRAPHERS Whilst we were at Kilkenny attending the SACC Inter Club Panel Competitions, we were given some Photographic prints from recent competitions to be returned to our members. When we returned and unpacked the prints we found we had some award winners whom we contacted. They informed us that they knew and thought we had also been informed (we should have gone to their website). The Photographers are Alice Daly and Patricia Hurley, these Ladies are seriously good photographer as you can see by their works illustrated in this article together with comments on their awards. These and other quality photographic works by most of our membership may be seen at our new exhibition opening on the 9th April in the Dungarvan Shopping Centre and running for 3-weeks. This may seem a long time for an exhibition to run, but we intend to refresh the images on view regularly and have some exciting and fun events happening within the exhibition. Watch this space for news of these events over next few weeks. Richard Cutbill

Alice's Image of Photograph of a family friend – 1st Place in the SACC Competitions, Themed Section – Environmental Portraiture 2013/2014. This is beautiful image full of charm and character, excellent photography totally deserved its Gold Medal-Notes by Richard Cutbill.

Honourable Mention – SACC Competitions Projected Colour Section 2013/2014 – Lovely macro shot, great colour and detail – Notes by Richard Cutbill.

This image was captured locally to where Patrica lives in Aglish. It was awarded 3rd prize bronze medal for the SACC individual intermediate Monochrome 2013/’14 Competition against very strong group of competitors – Notes by Richard Cutbill.

Deise Greenway Project: 3rd Station House by Mary Herlihy.

Deise Greenway Project: 1st Greenway Tunnell by James O’Donnell.

Deise Greenway Project: 2nd Bridge over Mahon by Richard Cutbill.

Excellent image of a Robin, clear and sharp with excellent colour. this was awarded a certificate of merit in the SACC Colour Print Section Open Competition 2012/’14 – Notes by Richard Cutbill.

Acceptance into the International Salon of Photography Competitions 2014 held in Cork. This beautiful fine art image which shows presence and imagination. I attended this event held by the Cork Camera Group, they had over ten thousand entries for this saloon sent from all over the World. This was whittled down to less than two thousand that were selected by a team of international class judges to be shown at this event. The standard was top class internation photography, brilliant work by Alice – Notes by Richard Cutbill.


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Waterford Colleges Senior Hurling Final 2014 CONGRATULATIONS to our Senior hurlers on the capture of the Waterford Senior Colleges hurling title on Friday, 15th March. They defeated local rivals Dungarvan CBS in very tough conditions in the Lismore GAA field. On a score line of 4-14 to 1-9 they ended up comfortable victors in a hard fought game where the physicality of both teams was evident from the throw-in. Playing into a strong wind in the first half Dungarvan CBS took an early 2 point lead but this was soon cancelled out as Jack Prendergast flicked to the back of the net after being picked out by a sublime pass from Denis McDonagh. Dungarvan CBS cancelled out the goal with one of their own from the penalty spot. Further points were added from both sides but scores from Aidan Dwyer and Mikey Kearney kept the home side on top, leaving the score 1-7 to 16 in favour of Blackwater CS at halftime. With the withdrawal of centre back Shane O’Brien due to

injury, the leadership of AllIreland winners Cian Leamy and Mikey Kearney came to the fore, both having outstanding second halves, with Kearney scoring arguably the games’ best goal, finishing to the roof of the net after a defence splitting run from out the field. Blackwater proved too strong in the closing stages, with substitute Ryan Grey chipping in with two fine goals to close out the game. This was the final game for this team that have been so successful over the last 6 years, winning 2 Westcourt Shields, reaching a White Cup final, Waterford Colleges U15½, Cork Colleges U16½, and the Dean Ryan Cup, Blackwaters first Munster ‘A’ hurling title. With captain Cian Leamy lifting the Senior Colleges title, this list concludes 6 very successful years for this group. Team trainers, Alan Lawlor, Colm Perrott and Kieran Walsh would like to thank the players for their dedication and commitment over that time, it was a pleasure to work with them. We would also like to wish

the best of luck to the 6th year students on the team in their upcoming Leaving Cert exams. U-151⁄2 WATERFORD COLLEGES FINAL Blackwater Community School 4-10; Dungarvan C.B.S. 0-8. A more balanced team eventually came out on top in an entertaining game of hurling held at Dungarvan club field. B.C.S. were on top throughout the field for most of the first half but wasted a lot of opportunities in front of goal. Cian O’Byrne was calmness personified in the goal and he was protected by rock solid full back Tom Barron who came out with the ball time after time. Jack Prendergast was tormentor in chief for B.C.S and scored the majority of scores in the first half. A more determined Dungarvan started the second half on top and did most of the hurling for the first 20 minute of the second half. B.C.S eventually worked their way back into the game and goals from Gavin Dalton and a real peach from Darragh

Buckley, after a great pass from Prendergast, finished the game as a contest. B.C.S. were also well served by Jack Mangan, Iarlaith Daly and Phillip Keane. Jimmy Power presented the cup to Blackwater captain Jack Prendergast. POPE JOHN PAUL II RETREAT On Friday, 21st March, the participating students from the four participating schools Blackwater, Cahir, and Tramore met in the Majestic Hotel in Tramore. The groups all met at 9.30 and made mixed groups for the table quiz and the day ahead. There were many fun activities to do to get to know each other. After the break each school took it in turns to perform a song, to show their talents and entertain the other schools. After lunch we got the results of the table quiz and there was a surprise visit from the papal nuncio. One member from each table was chosen to take part in the mass that was held at the end of the day. The mass went well and everybody the enjoyed the day

very much and everyone left with at least one new friend. ORAL EXAMS Best of luck to our Leaving Cert students who are doing their Oral Irish exam this week. It will form 40% of their overall result in the Leaving Cert. HOME ECONOMICS The Junior Cert Home Economics students will be completing the practical cookery section of their course this week. Good luck to you all. SCIENCE NEWS Congratulations to Mr. King's 1st Year Science who celebrated their work on new innovations in inquiry based science education this week. They joined with fellow science students from around Ireland to present their work at the national 'Chain Reaction' Conference lasts Thursday at the University of Limerick. This involves students, academics and teachers across Ireland and 11.This conference marks the end of the first year involvement in the FP7 funded project, Chain Reaction: A Sustainable Approach to

Inquiry Based Science Education (IBSE) which focuses on the professional development of teachers towards IBSE. The University of Limerick and the NCEMSTL, is the Irish Partner in this European funded project. AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE Good luck to the Leaving Certs in their Agricultural Science interviews this week. FASHION SHOW The date is fast approaching. You are cordially invited to our Fashion Show which takes place on Friday evening, April

11th, in the John Treacy School Hall. Time has come to look at a new spring/summer wardrobe and where better to see the new collections/trends than at BCS with displays on the night from Cummins Sport, Chez de Paor, Carraig Donn, Mary FM, New to You, O’Dwyer Shoes and Signet. The night will also feature the students who recently exhibited at Junk Kouture in Limerick. So keep this night free. Tickets can be booked by contacting the school at 53620.

Blackwater Community School Fashion Show


Dungarvan CBS Tour to Lake Garda IN a little over a week 30 pupils from Dungarvan CBS will depart from Dublin Airport on their annual pilgrimage (school tour) to a European destination. This year our destination is Lake Garda in northern Italy and will take in such cities as Milan, Verona, and Venice. Amongst the highlights is a guided tour of the famous San Siro soccer stadium, home of AC Milan and Inter Milan. This tour will include a visit to both dressing rooms (AC and Inters), dugouts, pitch and press area.We will also get to see AC Milan play Catania in Serie A game on the Sunday night under floodlights. Famous players in the Milan side include, Mario Balotelli, Robinho, Kaka, Mutari, and Taarabt. If televised, look out for the big Irish tricolour in the stands – it will be us. This tricolour has certainly travelled having been displayed by our school in previous school tours abroad such as the Nou Camp (Barcelona), Ajax Arena (Amsterdam), Bayern Munich, Espanyol (Barcelona), Breda FC (Holland), Nuremburg (Germany), QPR (UK), Bayer Leverkusen (Germany) and Juventus (Italy). Other activities will include a cable car journey to Mount Baldo, abseiling, boat trips, bowling, swimming and a full day in Gardaland, Italy’s largest theme park.

INCOMING FIRST YEAR STUDENTS SEPTEMBER 2014 The school will hold an assessment test in both Maths and English for incoming First Year students (September 2014) on Thursday, April 3rd, 2014, at 7.00 p.m. FIRST YEAR PARENT TEACHER MEETING The First Year Parent Teacher Meeting will take place on Monday, 7th April, from 4.15 – 6.45 p.m. ORAL EXAMINATIONS 2014 The following are the dates for the Leaving Cert Oral Examinations 2014: Oral Irish – Wednesday and Thursday, April 2nd & 3rd. Oral French – Monday, April 7th. Oral German – Friday, April 11th. MONOPOLY DAY On 11th March, 2013, the Transition Year students from the CBS and Ard Scoil joined forces for a Monopoly Challenge. The Waterford based company Hasbro kindly sponsored thirty monopoly sets that are now shared between the two schools and which will prove to be a tremendous resource in future years. The Monopoly Day was intended to develop students’ business acumen, negotiating skills, mathematical skills in a socially interactive environment. It was very obvious throughout the day that the use of board games as a learning device was extremely effec-

Dungarvan CBS students who participate in the Colligan Fun Run.

tive and students remained engaged in their pursuit of monetary gain throughout the entire day. Prior to the commencement of battle Mr. John O’Neill from Hasbro presented the monopoly sets to Ms. Fox and Mr. Scanlon, TY co-ordinators from both schools, and we are extremely grateful for the company’s generosity and their recognition of monopoly’s potential as a broader teaching and learning device. We would further like to thank the Ardscoil for hosting the day’s activities and also Mr. and Mrs. Pat Stack (former TY Co-ordinators) for their invaluable help in setting up and operating the computerized recording system necessary to keep track of how each participant progressed throughout the day. This data has been stored for more in-depth analysis. The overall winner on the day was Megan Jordan who accumulated close to 46,000 monopoly pounds through three hard fought trading sessions. James Cotter was a close runner-up, Ellen Curran and Laura Cusack completed the top four trading tycoons. COUNTDOWN TO EXAMS With just ten weeks to go to the start of the Junior and Leaving Cert. exams we hope over the coming weeks to give some simple study techniques that students may use to maximise their study time and marks.

ACTIVE READING When you are reading a document in detail, it often helps if you highlight, underline and annotate it as you go on. This emphasises information in your mind, and helps you to review important points later. Doing this also helps to keep your mind focused on the material and stops it wandering. MNEMONICS Use or create your own rhymes, sayings or phrases that repeat or

codify the information you are trying to remember. Everyone knows how many days in each month – we all learnt the rhyme “thirty days has September……..”. To learn a list make up a word or phrase using the first letter of each item in the list, this will not only tell you how many items there are in the list but will jog your memory as to what letter each item starts with. VISUALISE Use mind maps or spider graphs

to summarise individual topics or chapters. Use headings in the chapters and past paper questions to summarise the topic. Drawing the map will help you revise the topic and the map itself will help to maximise your revision time. Compare your mind map or graph with other students to ensure that you have covered everything tha t could be asked in that topic. Often students waste time revising content that is not important or very rearly asked in the exam.

Some of the Dungarvan CBS pupils who undertook a fundraising soccer blitz held in Dungarvan United’s astro pitch. Ben Denzinger, Patrick Ryan, Aidan Kirwan, Shane O’Donovan and Darragh Smith.



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Pupils from Kilrossanty N.S. at ‘War Horse” in Bord Gais Energy Theatre.

Kilrossanty National School trip to “War Horse” LAST Thursday Kilrossanty National School travelled to Dublin to see the award winning West End production of “War Horse” in the Bord Gais Energy Theatre. Classes from 3rd to 6th, who had been reading the novel by Michael Murpurgo, travelled to see the much acclaimed show. It is a powerful story of a young boy called Albert and his beloved horse Joey who has been requisitioned to fight for the English in World War 1. Caught in enemy crossfire, Joey ends up serving on both sides during the war before landing in no mans land. While Albert, not old enough to enlist, sets off to find his horse and bring him home. The production features ground breaking puppetry work by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company which brings breathing and galloping horses to life on the stage. It was a brilliant performance and one which the children and teachers enjoyed thor-

oughly and a day we will never forget. A huge thank you to the Parents’ Association for subsidising the cost of the trip. OPERATION TRANSFORMATION The 6 week Operation Transformation fundraising event concluded last Wednesday night with a wonderful social event for all those who came along from

every sector of the community to support it. It raised the magnificent sum of €2,300 and still counting as some of the sponsorship cards are still to be returned. Our sincere thanks to all those who took part, organised and patrolled this great event and provided the excellent refreshments on the last night. Any outstanding cards can

be given to any member of the parents association or dropped into the school office. CATHERINE TUOHY RETIREMENT FUNCTION The retirement function for Catherine Tuohy will take place on Friday, 2nd May 2014 in St. Brigid's Hall at 8 pm. This is for the parents, past pupils, Board of

Management and parishioners to attend.There will be presentations made to Mrs. Tuohy and refreshments on the night. On Friday morning we will have a mass in the church with the children followed by a concert and a presentation by the children for Mrs. Tuohy. Please keep this date in your diary. More details to follow. LENREC RECYCLING

COLLECTION We will have a recycling collection for the school on this Wednesday, 2nd April 2014. All items of clothing, footwear, curtains, bed linen, mobile phones and books would be greatly appreciated. Any of the above bagged items can be left into the school office prior to this collection. FIRST PENANCE

Well done to all our 2nd class pupils who received the sacrament of First Penance last Tuesday night. A big thank you to Ms. Marron and Fr. Delaney for all their hard work. EASTER HOLIDAYS The school will close for the Easter holidays on Friday 11th April at 12 midday and will reopen on Monday, 28th April.

Pupils from Kilrossanty N.S. at ‘War Horse” in Bord Gais Energy Theatre.

Carriglea National School

Alison Walsh on the attack for Carriglea N.S. against Whitechurch last Tuesday.

The boys and girls from Carriglea N.S. travelled to Ballinameela last Tuesday to play Whitechurch N.S. in the Cumann na mBunscoil hurling and camogie competitions. Pictured above are the boys from Carriglea N.S. before their match against Whitechurch N.S.

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St. Mary’s Primary School

Kilmacthomas Primary School – Junior Infants during World Book Day.

KILMACTHOMAS PRIMARY SCHOOL Captain Niamh Curran accepting the Western Shield on behalf of the team.

Aistear THE Junior and Senior Infants had a great time during Aistear last week. The Juniors based their activities on the book ‘Rosie’s Walk’. They had a great time re-enacting the story during role-play, making masks, writing a diary entry and developing a script.Thanks to Anne and Rebecca from St. Declan’s who helped us throughout the week. The Seniors based their theme on Spring and were planting seeds, constructing a farm, learning about the life cycle of a frog and taking part in a Maths themed Spring Clean. Everyone had a great time and it was really enjoyable. GREEN SCHOOLS We will take part in the National Spring Clean on April 9th.The committee will do a Spring clean of Kilmacthomas as far as the Rainbow Hall and back again.We will sort rubbish into brown bags, recycling bags and general refuse.

St. Mary’s Primary School Western Shield winning team.

Working hard during Aistear.

Scoot on Wednesday! – Wednesday, March 12th, was SOW day (Scoot on Wednesday). Many of the pupils in St. Mary's dusted down their scooters and scooted to school on what was a lovely fine morning. Everyone said it was great fun! In St. Mary's we are constantly encouraging the children to come to school in a green way. Well done to all who participated and to Mrs. Lee for organising it.

Working hard during Aistear.

Kilmacthomas Primary School – Oompa Loompas during World Book Day.



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Aviva Schools' Fitness Challenge - Group of Junior Cycle students who took are taking part in the Aviva Schools' Fitness Challenge.

ST. AUGUSTINE’S COLLEGE Visit our Website for all the latest news and updates

Aviva Health’s Schools’ Fitness Challenge AVIVA Health’s Schools’ Fitness Challenge is a national fitness challenge for 1st, 2nd and 3rd year pupils in secondary schools throughout Ireland. The challenge will run over a ten week period from January 2014, assessing the fitness levels of Irish school children and advocating the improvement of their

overall health. YSI SPEAK OUT On Wednesday, 19th March, 2014, all of the Transition Year students attended the YSI (Young Social Innovator) Speak Out in Cork City Hall to showcase their projects. The following projects took part:TY1

Eating disorders, TY2 Water Safety, TY3 Mental Health Awareness and TY4 Gay Rights.The students were accompanied by Nollaig Sheehan TY co-ordinator, Rosaleen Currran and Alan Ryan TY Teachers U-14 HURLING We play our first competitive game of

the year on Wednesday when we take on Tramore in the first round of the county championship. For a lot of these boys it will be there first competitive game for the Friary so hopefully we will get off to a good start. U-16 ½ FOOTBALL We travelled to Lattin on Monday last

to take on Lisdoonvarna in the Munster quarter final. Hopefully, these boys will continue their good form and progress to the next stage. We will be short the services of centre forward David Looby and we wish David a speedy recovery from injury.


Oíche Shóisialta BHÍ an oíche go deo againn le deanaí nuair a d'eagraigh Coiste na dTuismitheoirí teacht le chéile in Óstán Lawlors le linn Seachtain na Gaeilge chun tús a chur leis an bhfeachtas atá ar bun acu ‘CEANNAIGH BRICE TÓG TODHCHAÍ ‘ Cuireadh béile blasta d’ard chaighdeán romhainn mar is gnáth, ár mbuíochas le Múintir de Búrca as fáilte ‘s fiche a chur romhainn. Labhair Tom Higgins iar thuismitheoir de chuid na scoile. Thug Tom ana chuid eolas dúinn mar gheall ar Stair na

Scoile agus bhí iníon leis Kate ar dhuine den seisear a thosnaigh i Scoil Gharbháin faoi chúram Siobhán Ághas. Bhí Tom ana bhródúil go háirithe agus gar pháistí leis féin agus le hAnne ag freastal ar an Scoil sa lá inniu ann. Ba dheas iar scoláire Eamonn ó Muiríosa a fheiscint inár measc in éineacht lena a bhean chéile Tracy atá anois ina dtuismitheoirí sa scoil. Ba mhaith linn ár mbuíochas ó chroí a ghabhailt le gach éinne a thug urraíocht dúinn ar an oíche as na

Daltaí agus Tuismitheoirí ó Scoil Gharbháin ag baint taitneamh as páirt a ghlacadh sa Mhór Shiúil ar Lá le Pádraig.

duaiseanna breátha a bhí le buachaint sa chrannchur. Bhí an oíche againn idir cheol agus rince. Ár mbuíochas le Coiste na dtuismitheoirí as oíche iontach a eagrú agus beimíd ag súil leis anois ar bhonn bhliantúil. SOCIAL SCOIL GHARBHÁIN An enjoyable and entertaining night was had by all recently when our Parents’ Association organised a social gathering during ‘Seachtain na Gaeilge’ as part of our building fund titled ‘BUY A BRICK – BUILD A FUTURE’ As usual a delicious meal was served by Lawlors Hotel, a big thank you to the Burke Family for the warm welcome and fantastic hospitality on the night. Tom Higgins a past parent of Scoil Gharbháin addressed us and gave us some very interesting facts on the history of Scoil Gharbháin as his daughter Kate was one of the first six pupils of Scoil Gharbháin with Múinteoir Siobhán Ághas. Tom and Anne are very proud especially as their grandchildren are now attending Scoil Gharbháin. It was nice to see Eamonn Ó Muiríosa a past pupil of the school on the night with his wife Tracy who are now par-

ents of children attending Scoil Gharbháin. We would like to thank and acknowledge all our sponsors who donated fabulous prizes on the night. A great night of music and dancing was had by all. A big thank you to our Coiste na dTuismitheoirí for organising a very successful night and we look forward to it as an annual event. CEANNAIGH BRICE TÓG TODHCHAÍ Bhí ana chuid pleananna ag an gCóiste do Sheachtain na Gaeilge agus leanadar leo ar an Luan nuair a ghlacadar páirt sa Mhór Shiúil ar Lá le Pádraig le ‘Tógáil’ mar théama acu. Bhí craic agus spraoi ag tuismitheoirí agus páistí le hataí tógála, seaicéidí hi vis agus úirlísí tógála á n-iompar acu. Deineadh é seo leis an bhfeachtas a sheoladh agus bhí ana chuid postaeirí acu le ‘Ceannaigh brice – Tóg Todhchaí’ fógartha ar na postaeirí. Molaim iad. Táimíd go léir ana bhródúil go deo as an bhfoirgneamh nua atá beag-nach tógtha ach go háirithe as an halla breá a bheidh mar áis anois ag na páistí agus mar áit lárnach le Pobal na Scoile a thionól ann. Gan dabht tá fiacha orainn agus mar chuid den Chiste Tógála Seoladh an Feachtas

Daltaí agus Tuismitheoirí ó Scoil Gharbháin ag baint taitneamh as páirt a ghlacadh sa Mhór Shiúil ar Lá le Pádraig. seo. Mar bhúnús ar an smaoineamh táimíd ag achainní ar Iar Scoláirí, iar thuismitheoirí, tuismitheoirí agus cáirde na scoile brice nó cloch sa chúinne a cheannach agus éinne a cheannaíonn brice nó cloch beidh ainm an cheannaitheora le feiscint ar an mbrice. Costas ná brice ar €25 bunchloch ar €100 má tá suim agaibh i gceachtar déanaigí teagmháil linn i Scoil Gharbháin ar (058) 42173 Bígí linn agus míle buíochas as bhúr gcuid tacaíochta. Ár mbuíochas ó chroí le gach éinne a shiúil linn ar Lá le Pádraig. BUY A BRICK - BUILD A FUTURE Our Parents’ Association

plans were well under way for Seachtain na Gaeilge as they participated in St. Patrick’s Day Parade with a ‘building’ theme. Children and Parents thoroughly enjoyed the event as they donned the hard hats and high vis jackets with building implements in tow. This was part of our Coiste’s Campaign launching our ‘Buy a Brick—Build a Future’ initiative. We are all extremely proud of our new building which is very near completion. We look forward to having a halla which will be a huge asset to the school as a facility for the pupils and as a focal point for the school community. Unfortunately, we need to raise funds to see our build-

ing to completion and as part of our Building Fund this initiative was launched. We ask that our past pupils, past parents, current parents and friends of Scoil Gharbháin buy a brick or a foundation stone, your purchase will be acknowledged and will be displayed in the new building. Cost: Brick €25, Foundation Stone €100. If you wish to buy either brick or a foundation stone you may do so by calling the school on (058) 42173. Your support will be greatly appreciated and acknowledged. A big thank you to all our parents and pupils who joined us in walking on St. Patrick’s Day.


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Cluiche Ceannais Peile na mBuachaillí Faoi 14 THE under 14 boys football team contested the county final against Tramore CBS last Tuesday in Fraher Field. Only for the heroics of the Tramore goalkeeper the outcome could’ve been very different but in the end it was the boys from the east who raised the cup. Though the buachaillí from the Meånscoil fell short of winning they did themselves and the school proud on the day. Is ag na buachaillí ó Mheånscoil San Nioclås a bhí an mí-ådh ar an Måirt an 25/03/14 i bPåirc Uí Fhearachair i gcoinne an Trå Mhór faoi 14. Ba lå fhuar agus scamallach a bhí ann ach bhí buachaillí na Rinne rÊidh le troid. Thosnaíodar go låidir le

ghach Êinne ag obair agus ag cabhrú le chÊile mar fhoireann, agus thaispeåin siad go lÊir Ê san nuair a thug Tiarnån Ó Foghlú, an t-imreoir lårphåirce, pas låimhe chuig Liam Seån Ó SÊ, an lån-tosaí, agus gur chiceåil sÊ an liathróid peile isteach sa chúinne ar bhun na taobha deise den chúil. Sar i bhfad, d’aimsigh an Trå Mhór dhå chúl i ndiaidh a chÊile a fhåil, ach nuair a dheineadar iarracht an tríú ceann a fhåil, bhí såbhåil thar barr dÊanta ag an chúlaí, Kian Cliffe. An scór ón chÊad leath nå 1.1 go 2.2 dtí’n Trå Mhór. Is cosúil go raibh díomå ar na buachaillí ach níor stop sÊ sin iad ón iarracht den scoth a chuireadar isteach sa dara leath! Tar Êis



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do imreoir ón Trå Mhór cårta dubh a fhåil, d’Êirigh le Oisín Ó Ceallaigh, an lårtosaí, agus le Jack Ó Lonåin, an leath-thosaí ar chlÊ, pointí ålainn a fhåil. Chomh maith leis san, fuair an cosantóir lair, Ciarån Ó Mathúna, cúl ålainn ón chic soar a bhí aige. Ach sa deireadh thiar thall, ní rabhadar åbalta Ê a bhuachaint. An scór deiridh a bhí ann nå 4-3 go 2-5. Dhein buachaillí Mheånscoil San Nioclås iarracht mhillteannach ó thosach go deireadh an chluiche, agus bhíodar sår bhuíoch as ucht an chabhair a bhfuair said ó Mhåistir Ó Droma. Tåimid go lÊir anbhródúil astu toisc gur lean said ar aghaidh suas go dtí an Cluiche Ceannais! An Rinn abú! Liadain Nic Dhonncha BHRÚÚÚM Tar ar thuras linn! Join us on our journey! 2 & 3 Aibreån 2014 Meånscoil San Nioclås ag 8.00 Tugaimid cuireadh don lucht fÊachana teacht le daltaí Meanscoil san Nioclås agus iad ar thóir gluaisteån, ina n-intinn mar rannphåirtithe ins an saothar ealaín taibhiúchåin seo. Shíolraigh an tionscnamh ó amhrån a theastaigh ón ngrúpa comhaimseartha scoile a chóiriú. Tå na daltaí tar Êis macnamh a dhÊanamh ar rotha móra an tsaoil, idir ghluaiseacht agus shocracht, idir ghlór agus thost, idir fhir is mhnå. Tå torthaí a gcuid saothair le feiscint anocht san ealaín, eolaíocht, ceol, rince agus fuaimdhreach a chuirfidh siad i låthair. The song inspired the teachers and students to find moments of stillness in their noise-filled environment and to encounter the beauty in the rhythm and movement of their everyday lives. We hope the interactive, performance installation that you are taking part in tonight will be an interesting and innovative experience for you. Ar thóir gluaisteåin ina n-intinn. Ba mhaith linn buíochas faoi leith a thabhairt d’år nurraitheoirí. Many thanks to our main sponsors: Comhairle Chondae Phort Låirge & Creative Engagement. N.A.P.D. Cuir glaoch orainn chun ticÊad a chur in Airithint mar beidh an spas gann 058 46464 Beidh fåilte is fiche romhat!

The first year girls basketball team who were runners up in the South East Basketball League.


South East Girls Basketball Final THIS year was the schools first time entering the South East First Year Basketball League. The girls trained at lunch times since September and really improved their skills. Our opening match was against Scoil Ruåin from Killenaule. The girls had an excellent opening game winning comprehensively 26-11. Claddagh had an excellent game and was supported brilliantly by Nicole and Serena.The following week we played Waterpark at home. This was our first ever home game but the girls played really well. Layla was brilliant on rebounds and Serena, Rebecca and Amber made some great attacking plays. Our third game was against Tullow in Carlow. This was a very tough game and Natalia was really in good form, Katelyn had a couple of lovely baskets. Leah was everywhere defensively whilst Robyn and Lucy prevented their best players from scoring with great defence. The final match was played two weeks ago when New Ross visited the school. Rebecca O’Dowd joined the squad and Ally got a lovely basket and played extremely well. We succeeded in winning all of our group matches and so were in the final. The final was held in Mercy Sports Hall in Waterford. The girls were delighted when all of the First years were invited to support their team. The atmosphere was intense on the day but our supporters did a great job! The opening quarter started really well for us. We went ahead 4-0 with

everyone working really hard. The second quarter was extremely even. Every player was fully committed and the quarter finished scoreless. The second half again was tough Tullow came back at us but we were still ahead going into the final quarter 4-2. Unfortunately, the last quarter proved our downfall.Tullow levelled with two minutes to go and then with 50 seconds left they got the winning basket. Our girls were disappointed but this was a great achievement to reach the final in our first ever South East competition. The school were very proud of their effort. The team would especially like to thank Alex and Pavel in third year for all their help and training throughout the year. Also a special thanks to the parents who travelled to Waterford to support us.We really appreciated it. FUN, FOOD AND FITNESS SPORT, EXERCISE AND COACHING PLC COURSE HAVE JUST COMPLETED A TWO MONTH 3Fs PROJECT IN ST. MARY'S PRIMARY SCHOOL The students in Colåiste Chathail Naofa, Sport, Exercise and Coaching PLC Course have just completed a two month 3s Project in St. Mary's Primary School. The 3 Fs Project stands for Fun, Food and Fitness. Students from Colåiste Chathail Naofa worked with 5 classes – Junior Infants, Senior Infants, 1st Class, 4th Class and 6th Class for a 2 hour period every week. Some activities were classroom based

Pictured above are some students from St. Mary’s Primary School exercising in Colåiste Chathail Naofa.

others were in the sports halls in St. Mary's and Colåiste Chathail Naofa, local parks, walk ways, cycle paths. The main aim of the project was to promote healthy lifestyle.The day to day structure of the project was based around nutrition education, various non-competitive physical activities and recording of various data on students. All students involved took part in physical tests at the start and end of the project and also used logs to record eating habits, sleep patterns, levels of exercise and time spend doing activities such as watching TV. Colåiste Chathail Naofa would like to thank Jitter Beans, Peter Jones in Go Dungarvan, Dr. Ann-Marie Tully in Waterford Health Promotion Unit and Fiona Fitzgerald and all her staff in St. Mary's. SPORT, EXERCISE AND COACHING FETAC LEVEL 5 COURSE Sport, Exercise and Coaching is a 1 year full time FETAC level 5 course. It is a course with a large element of practical coaching and exercise content. This programme is orientated towards the requirements of the growing sports and leisure industry. It provides the theoretical modules for learners interested in pursuing a career or further study in this industry. Course Content Sport & Recreation Studies Occupational First Aid Nutrition Gaelic Football Coaching Communications Hurling Coaching Exercise & Fitness Soccer Coaching Health Related Fitness Volleyball Coaching Rugby Coaching Work Experience – Work placement is a compulsory part of the course; it provides first-hand experience of the coaching and leisure facility operations. CERTIFICATION Active Leadership Award – Level 1 – Irish Sports Council FAI - Kick Start Coaching – Placement in local Schools GAA – Gaelic Football & Hurling Foundation Course – Placement in local schools VAI – Volleyball Introduction to Coaching IRFU – Leprechaun Rugby Order of Malta – Basic First Aid Applications for the course are welcome call 058 41184 or check out our website



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All-Ireland School Badminton ON Wednesday, 19th March, our Under 19 Boys Division 1 badminton team travelled to Gormonstown, Co. Meath, to compete in the All-Ireland Schools Badminton competition. They had successfully competed at both County and Provincial levels to qualify for this event. On the day, they played Leinster and Ulster in a round robin style competition. Unfortunately, despite playing great games and winning a number of sets they were beaten overall on the day. The team of Stephen Walsh, Ryan Kirwan, Jack Dee, Conor Brown and Adam Walsh (missing from photo) have competed for St. Declan’s badminton for the last 6 years since they were in first year and have qualified for the All-Ireland when Under 14, Under 16 and Under 19.We wish them every success in their Leaving Cert in June and thank them for their interest and commitment to school badminton in St. Declan’s over the last 6 years. ST. DECLAN’S ATHLETES On Saturday 22nd March Barry Keane travelled over with the Irish team to compete in the SIAB International Cross Country Championships in Bolton, England. In Barry’s first season of Cross Country, this was a huge achievement and in very tough conditions. Barry came home in a superb 17th place. Barry was also a member of the Irish team that won team silver on the day. Well done Barry. SPONSORED WALK/RUN On Friday, 11th April, St. Declan’s will hold our annual sponsored walk/run to help raise funds for the upkeep of our school. Students have been given sponsorship cards and any support would be greatly appreciated. TRANSITION YEAR EVENTS Each year one of the highlights of Transition Year is the Work Placement module. This is both enjoyable and rewarding and gives pupils the opportunity to experience at first hand the reality of the world of work. This year pupils from 4.4 and 4.5 did work placement from 11th March to 21st March. Two pupils Niamh Keegan and Steven Lannon have given us an account of their experience: “One of the most enjoyable parts of our TY Programme was the two weeks we spent on Work Placement. I chose to take my placement in Ballyduff National School and the Luke Wadding Library in WIT. I began in Ballyduff NS on Monday, 10th March. I spent a lot of time in the Junior Infants class over the course of the week. I was able to get involved in lots of different things, e.g. doing artwork, helping them with writing, correcting homework. Something I really noticed was the difference in teaching methods between the junior classes and the more senior ones. Once I finished with the Junior Infants at two each day I moved on to other classes.This gave me a great insight into teaching several

different age groups. This week was very enjoyable and informative. I began my second placement on Tuesday, 18th March, at Luke Wadding Library, WIT. This was very different from my first week but still very interesting. I was able to see many different aspects of what happens in a library. I spent time shelving, cataloguing, and in different offices such as the Inter-Library Loans Office. I learned a lot about how the Dewey Decimal System works, which I think will be useful in later life. This week was very interesting and a change from the previous week. Overall, I really enjoyed my two weeks work experience and was very happy with the placements I chose.” “As part of our Transition Year course we had to pick and find two weeks work experience. The two placements that I chose were Seafield NS Bonmahon and the Pharmacy in Waterford Regional Hospital. For the first week I was in the primary school. I didn’t really know what to expect and honestly I was quite nervous. On my first day I was met by the Principal and all the staff who were more than welcoming and really settled my nerves. I was to spend one day in each classroom and then plant seeds and do computers towards the end of the week. I really enjoyed observing the class as it showed me what it was really like to be in the classroom environment. As St. Patrick’s Day was looming, all of the students were making everything from hats to cards. For me, it felt like being back in school because I learned so much! On the last day I helped the teacher with PE for the Junior Infants, Senior Infants and First Class. It was great to see everyone enjoying the games so much. The school really was a great learning experience as I really did enjoy working with the students. I am definitely glad that I got to do one weeks work experience there. For the second week I was in the Pharmacy in WRH and I was really excited to be able to see what the hospital environment was like from the other side. Upon entering the Pharmacy I was warmly welcomed by the Chief Pharmacist who gave me an introduction as to what pharmacy was and what they did in the hospital. Over the course of the week I got to experience each part of the pharmacy and even further afield. The staff were great as they really helped me along and they were so approachable if there was something that I didn’t understand. They were also very funny and there was a great atmosphere in the pharmacy. Over the course of the week, I got to experience all aspects of working in a pharmacy from stock returns to going around the wards to experiencing the chemotherapy being made. It was a fantastic week. Overall, I was very pleased with my work experience and would really recommend either of the above for work placement.”

St. Declan’s Community College – Under 19 Boys Division 1 Badminton team.

Laura Keane, former student of St. Declan’s Community College, Kilmacthomas has been presented with a €1,000 Academic Scholarship to study at DCU. The scholarship was awarded to Laura, currently a first year student in BSc in Actuarial Mathematics in recognition of her achieving more than 550 points in the Leaving Certificate. Pictured with Laura are Professor Brian MacCraith, President of DCU, Professor John Costello, Executive Dean, Faculty of Science and Health and her former school principal, Mr. Eugene Power.

Waterford students win DCU Scholarships for academic excellence THREE Waterford students have been presented with a €1000 Academic Scholarship to study at DCU. The scholarships were awarded to the following students in recognition of them achieving more than 500 Points in the Leaving Certificate: Seán Elliott, Ballygarron, former student of De La Salle College, Newtown Laura Keane, Bunmahon, former student of St. Declan’s Community College, Kilmacthomas Brian O’ Grady, Ferrybank, former student of Abbey Community College, Ferrybank Almost €100,000 worth of scholarships were presented to fresher students at DCU. Awardees were joined at a special presentation ceremony at the Helix by their parents and former

school principals. Each student received a commemorative certificate and the school principals were presented with a plaque to display in the school marking the significant achievement of their past pupil. The DCU Academic Scholarship Awards were presented to 95 students from throughout Ireland on achieving more than 500 CAO points at Leaving Certificate or equivalent. A scholarship of €1000 is awarded to students who gain the required number of points, meet the specific entry requirements and register to study with any of DCU’s four faculties: Engineering & Computing; Humanities & Social Sciences; Science & Health; and DCU Business School. The points requirements for students who wish to undertake a course

in each faculty is as follows: • Faculty of Engineering & Computing • Students gaining 500+ CAO points will be awarded €1000 • Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences • Students gaining 550+ CAO points will be awarded €1000 • Faculty of Science & Health • Students gaining 550+ CAO points will be awarded €1000 • Dublin City University Business School • Students gaining 550+ CAO points will be awarded €1000 To find out more about studying at DCU or the DCU Academic Scholarships, visit

Jack Lonergan from Whitechurch National School, Dungarvan (Group 1), who was one of the 75 finalists who attended the sixth annual Doodle 4 Google Competition which was held in Dublin.

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Pupils from Coolnasmear and Kilbrien who were confirmed by Fr. Michael Cullinan in Colligan Church recently. Included are Fr. Michael Kennedy, P.P.; Padraig O hArtaigh, School Principal, Coolnasmear; Geraldine Casey, School Principal, Kilbrien; Nuala Fahey, Dina Walsh, Mary O'Shea, Cheryl Power, Regina Carroll, Louise Enright, Tracey Hogan, Aine Walsh and Anne Hurley. [Sean Byrne//Deise Media]

Pupils from Whitechurch N.S. who were Confirmed by Monsignor Nicholas O'Mahony in Aglish Church. Included are Fr. Gerry O'Connor, P.P.; Mr. Michael Culloo, School Principal; Mary Fennell, Emma Duffy, Alison Maher, Martina Collins and Genevieve Gee, Teachers; Bernie McHugh, Class Assistant, and Ursula Power, Secretary. [Sean Byrne//Deise Media]

Kilmacthomas N.S. who were recently Confirmed by Fr. Michael Cullinan, P.P., Lismore. Included are Ciarรกn ร“ hEithir, class teacher; Sheila Creed, Principal, and Fr. Martin Keogh.

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Homeopathy for Seasonal Ailments HOMEOPTHY is very effective in the treatment of Influenza and viruses. Although it is officially springtime, people are still suffering the ill effects of the viruses that have prevailed throughout the winter months. Each year the flu presents with a different symptom picture. This year in particular people who have contracted the Flu virus have suffered from not just one relapse but sometimes two or three and it has left people very depleted. The classic flu symptoms are: Lethargy. Aches and pains: Sore throat: Headache. Sometimes a patient can develop respiratory problems and if these persist medical advice should be sought, as these can progress into a more serious condition. Homeopaths can prescribe remedies at the onset of an attack of Flu, which can shorten the course of illness or alleviate the severity of symptoms. If a patient has primarily aches in the muscles with back pain, and extreme exhaustion, a remedy derived from the Jasmine flower family is prescribed. If a patient complains of marked aches deep in the bones a remedy derived from the Compositae plant family is helpful. If there are digestive disturbances the patient would benefit from a different prescription. Each patient is unique in Homeopathy, and a homeopath

will take a detailed account of each patient’s symptom picture, and prescribe accordingly. Homeopathy strives to help the patient recover by stimulating the body’s natural immune system. The flu can leave a patient in an exhausted state and homeopathic remedies can assist in bringing energy levels back. Homeopathic treatment helps a patient achieve a balance in both the emotional, mental and physical realm. Incorporating a healthy diet, getting physical exercise, and achieving a healthy balance between work and recreation can assist in achieving the right balance. Margaret Cosgrove Registered Homeopathy: Dungarvan Alternative Health Clinic. Tel. 058-44299; Mobile (087) 973581.

Margaret Cosgrove

Just think of it! A GREAT many members of the Church don’t agree with the Church’s official teaching on family relationships and on sexual matters. Surprise, surprise! A special synod is being planned in Rome to examine the Church’s teaching on the family. In preparation for this special gathering it was decided to carry out a survey of church members, who were invited to express their views on these matters. In keeping with the usual Irish church way of doing things, this survey was cloaked in as much secrecy as possible. But two diocese, Dublin and Tuam, have broken ranks and have revealed a certain amount of information on the findings of the survey. A number of diocese in England have done the same, and in typical style the Bishops in Germany have been quite prepared to tell their flocks what they, their flocks, already know. All the information revealed so far seems to be on the same lines, despite coming from different countries. But it is no surprise. Any priest working in a Parish and observing trends among the people in recent decades would have reached the same conclusions. That doesn’t mean that what the Church said was all wrong at the time it was said: it does suggest that the understanding of human sexuality and the attitudes to family life are subject to change and development in the course of a few generations, especially in an era of rapid change such as we now have. It is very interesting to learn of the prevalent views and convictions of so many members of the Church in the light of what Pope Francis wrote recently. He was referring to the presence of the Holy Spirit in the Church, and is making the point that the Spirit is not restricted to one group of people or to one place.The Spirit is with the Church, and so wherever you have believers you will have the activity of the Spirit. I quote some of the Pope’s words: “In all the baptised the sanctifying power of the Spirit is at work. The people of God is holy, thanks to this anointing, which makes it infallible in credendo. This means that it does not err in faith, even though it may not find words to explain that faith.The Spirit guides it in truth and leads it to salvation. As part of his mysterious love for humanity, God furnishes the totality of the faithful with an instinct of faith which helps them to discern what is truly of God.” This doesn’t mean that the Church is becoming a democracy, with beliefs being decided by a majority vote. But it does send a message that what the members of the Church accept can be an indication of what the Spirit is saying to the Church. I hope that the synod, which I think is scheduled for October of this year, will give ordinary family people an opportunity of voicing their feelings and their needs. It would be a lost opportunity if family life and sexuality were discussed only from a legalistic point of view, without taking into account a deeper understanding of the psychology of men and women, and the changes in culture to which every generation is exposed. Fr. Robert Arthure, Cappoquin, Co. Waterford.

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BRIDIE COSTELLOE Lios an Oir, Lismore With profound sorrow we record the passing of Bridie Costelloe, 45 Lios an Oir, Lismore, Co. Waterford, which sad event occurred peacefully on 23rd March, 2014, at Padre Pio Rest Home, Cappoquin. Bridie was born and raised in Limerick, she moved to France when she was 20 and rapidly became and expert, indeed flawless French speaker. Bridie led an interesting if not adventurous life. For many years she was a teacher in France and Vietnam and remained in contact with her ex-students who held her in high esteem.Though living in France she would holiday in Ireland with walking groups and clock-up many miles over a weekend. On retirement Bridie returned to Ireland to live in Sligo, but to a degree feeling isolated, decided to move down to live in Co. Waterford, where she had many friends. It was here in Lismore that she settled and had a great love of the townland and its people, where she kept up her hobbies and interests. A member of the Lismore French Club, was a very keen gardener and had a great love of painting. Bridie was a very close friend of the Maderson family, Cappoquin, and the Leddy family, Lismore. Bridie will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her. May she rest in peace. Funeral Mass was celebrated on Wednesday morning in St. Carthage’s Church, Lismore, by Rev. Fr. M. Cullinan, P.P. During Mass readings were recited by Bernard Leddy. Prayers of the faithful were recited by Roseanne Leddy. Dina Walshe provided a lovely selection of music and hymns during Bridie’s Funeral Mass.The Offertory gifts were presented to the Altar by Ben Maderson and James O’Brien. Following Funeral Mass burial took place in St. Carthage’s Cemetery, Lismore. Rev. Fr. M. Cullinan, P.P., officiated the graveside prayers where Bridie was laid to rest. We extend our deepest sympathy to her extended family, neighbours and friends. (Funeral arrangements by Aidan Walsh & Sons, Funeral Directors, Cappoquin & Tallow).

PATRICK (Paddy) POWER 60 Cathal Brugha Place, Dungarvan With profound sorrow we record the passing of Paddy Power, 60 Cathal Brugha Place, Dungarvan, which sad event occurred on Monday, 31st March, 2014. Reposing at Drohan’s Funeral Home today (Wednesday) from 5.00 p.m. with Rosary at 7.30 p.m. Removal tomorrow (Thursday) at 10.30 a.m. to St. Mary’s Parish Church. Funeral Mass on arrival at 11.00 a.m. and burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. To his brother Michael; sisters Nancy, Noreen, Helen, Philly and Bernie; nephews, nieces, relatives and friends, we extend our deepest sympathy. Full obituary next issue. (Funeral arrangements by Tom Drohan, Funeral Directors, Dungarvan).

St. Mary’s Parish, Dungarvan FIFTH Sunday of Lent – Ezekiel 37:12-14 I shall put my spirit in you, and you will live. Romans 8:8-11 The Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you. John 11:37, 20-27, 33-45 There was a man named Lazarus who lived in the village of Bethany with the two sisters, Mary and Martha, and he was ill. Come Home – This Lent, why not return to church? Does Pope Francis make you feel more welcome. That’s God’s welcome. Come home. Take Time to be Quiet – For three Thursdays of Lent take time to be quiet at the Déise Day Care Centre, Mitchell St., continues next Thursday, 3rd April, from 7.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. Please come along and bring a friend. Lenten Garden – Please visit our Lenten Garden near St. Joseph’s Altar. Pause a moment… ..reflect……pray. Daily Lenten Prayer

Today Lord, I choose life, I choose your love and the challenge to live it and share it, I choose hope, even in moments of darkness, I choose faith, accepting you as Lord and God, I choose to let go of some part of my burdens, day by day handing them over to you, I choose to take hold of your strength and power ever more deeply in my life. May this truly be for me a time of new life, of change, challenge and growth. May I come to Easter with a heart open to dying with you and rising to your new life, day by day. Amen. The Family Prayer Book, Veritas 2013. Extra Masses for Lent in St. Mary’s – Every Monday during Lent there is Mass at 7.30 p.m. in St. Mary’s.

Trócaire Lenten Boxes available in the porches in St. Mary’s Church. Please take one and give it a prominent place in your home and contribute what you can over the weeks of Lent. History of the Catholic Church “Catholicism” – Rev. Robert Barron, Episode 5 – “It’s the most compelling story ever told”. Why not come to the Friary House, Lower Main Street, on Wednesday at 7.30 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.This series continues and all are welcome. 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. Pre Marriage Courses – April 11th / 12th & 23rd / 24th May, 2014, are the dates for the Pre-Marriage courses which are on in St. John’s Pastoral Centre, Waterford. Phone Waterford

Office to book 051-878333 and for Course Information. 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. 087-7747870. 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.

Enjoying the Dungarvan St. Patrick’s Day Parade were Barry, Seoda and Saoirse Kinsella. [Sean Byrne//Deise Media]

Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 4 April, 2014

MICHAEL (Mick) HALLEY Glenafallia, Cappoquin It is with profound sadness and regret that we record the passing of Michael (Mick) Halley, Glenafallia, Cappoquin, Co. Waterford, which sad event occurred peacefully on 12th March, 2014, at Dungarvan Community Hospital. Survived by his beloved wife Nora and sister Mary. Mick was predeceased by his parents Patie and Johanna Halley, his sisters Abbie Davies and Margaret (Dolly) Wells and brother Tom. Formerly a native of Lacken, Ballinamult, Mick grew up and worked on the family farm until his marriage to Nora in 1949 when he moved to Knockanask. In 1975 the family moved across the glen to Glenafallia where he and Nora remained until about 15 months ago when, sadly, they both began to suffer ill health. They celebrated 64 years of marriage in April 2013. Mick spent his life farming and was a much loved and respected member of his local community. He had a genuine interest in people and though a quiet shy gentle man he loved talking to friends and neighbours about their shared interests including the card game 45 and the bad cards that were dealt to him! He was a life-long supporter of his beloved Tipperary hurling team but enjoyed the banter with the local Waterford supporters. The radio in the house did not pick up Tipperary FM but the radio in the car did. Mick would sit in the car listening to the entire match irrespective of the weather. If the match was televised he would move from his favourite chair by the fire to the one nearest the television to ensure the best view. Though normally a very sociable man visitors would be practically ignored until the match was over. It was noted when Tipperary won he had a twinkle in his eye and a spring in his step going to the Cats for the post match analysis. If they lost, Ger noted he would graciously suffer the teasing but would then lie low from them for a few days. He had an ongoing bet with Tom Duggan-the promise of a pint at the Cats when Tipperary or Waterford won the All-Ireland. To his delight he was ahead in the wager. Mick had a great love for Ceili music. Every Saturday evening on returning home from Mass in Cappoquin, he would sit in his chair by the fire listening to Ceili House on the radio happily tapping his toes to every beat. Another love of Mick's life was reading the national and local papers. He would read them from cover to cover. When television arrived in the house, the soundtrack to many a programme was ruined by the rustling of newspaper pages being turned. Many years later as his sight failed and he could no longer read, the absence of that rustling was heartbreaking to his family. He was blessed with a great sense of humour and fun. He could see the funny side of situations and would sum things up with a wry comment. His sense of fun entertained his own children throughout their young years and this continued with his grandchildren when they visited.They fondly recall his pranks which ranged from putting small pieces of furze in their beds to offering them sweets from a bag that he had filled with little pieces of coal or turf! In his declining years Mick was unable to actively take part in running the farm. He remained interested and would frequently stroll to the shed to look at the calves. Just as frequently he forgot to close the shed door which resulted in Nora making numerous phone calls to the neighbours requesting their help to round up the calves. Mick Halley had begun Glenafallia's own version of the Spanish bull run! Mick was a real home bird and was truly content in Glenafallia doing the things he loved in the place he loved. Circumstances meant his daughters - referred to fondly by him as 'The Women' - lived in London and Manchester. He visited them over the years and enjoyed his visits but it was clear after a few days that he couldn't wait to return to Glenafallia and swap his suit for his everyday coat and wellingtons. It is comforting at this sad time that his family can share such happy loving memories of him. The passing of this extraordinary gentleman has left a gap in his family and community which will never be filled. Slan agus beannacht Mick. Reposing at Walsh’s Funeral Home, Cappoquin, Rosary was recited on Friday evening by members of the Cappoquin Rosary Committee in the presence of his loving family, neighbours and friends. On Saturday evening funeral prayers were recited by Rev. Fr. Kiely, P.P., before removal took place to St. Mary’s Church, Cappoquin. On arrival his remains were received and blessed by Rev. Fr. J. Kiely, P.P. Funeral Mass was celebrated on Sunday morning by Rev. Fr. Arthure, P.E. Symbols representing Mick’s life were presented to the Altar by daughters Marian - Tipperary Hurley; Vera - his head cap and the Cork Examiner; son Tom - a sheep; son-in-law Peter - Tipperary Flag, neighbours Mairead - the Farmers Journal; Donal - some heather; Ger- playing Cards. These were narrated by daughter Noreen. Readings during the mass were recited by grand-nephew Ross Lonergan and grand-niece Sínead McCarthy. The Psalm was sung by Cheryl Power. A fitting selection of hymns and instrumental music during and after Mass was provided by Cappoquin Youth Choir. Prayers of the faithful were recited by neighbour Ann O’Brien. The Offertory Gifts were presented to the altar by grandchildren Lee and

OBITUARY Amy Theophile. Grand-nieces Nicole and Danielle Lonergan played traditional music as the coffin was shouldered from the Church. Following Funeral Mass, burial took place in St. Declan’s cemetery, Cappoquin. Rev. Fr. Arthure, P.E., officiated the graveside prayers in the presence of his loving family, relatives and friends. Pallbearers during the Funeral were sons Tom and Patie Halley; nephews David and Patie Lonergan; grandsons David and Andrew Hewitt and Lee Theophile; son-in-law Lawrence (Lo) Theophile; neighbours Billy and Donal Bray, Ger Prendergast, John, Dennis, Sean, Cyril, Vinnie and Gearoid Byrne, Joseph Power and John O’Brien. Following the burial, Sean and Vinnie Byrne paid a final fitting musical tribute to Mick. May He Rest In Peace. May we extend our deepest sympathy to his loving wife Nora (nee Mulcahy); sons Tom and Patie; daughters Marian Hewitt,Vera Halley and Noreen Theophile; sister Mary Lonergan; sons-in-law Peter Hewitt and Lo Theophile; daughter-in-law Martina, brother-in-law Alec Wells; grandchildren David and Andrew Hewitt, Lee and Amy Theophile, Cathy, Gráinne and Mícheál Halley; great-grandchild Max Hewitt; nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and many friends. Month’s Mind Mass will be celebrated for Mick on Sunday, 27th April, 2014, at 11.30 a.m. in St. Mary’s Church, Cappoquin. (Funeral arrangements by Aidan Walsh & Sons, Funeral Directors, Cappoquin & Tallow).

JOSEPH (Joe) FLYNN Ballyea, Lismore With profound sorrow and deep regret we record the passing of Joseph (Joe) Flynn, Ballyea, Lismore Co. Waterford, husband of the late Rose (nee Lonergan), which sad event occurred peacefully surrounded by his loving family at Waterford Regional Hospital on 24th March, 2014. Reposing at St. Carthage’s Mortuary, Lismore, Rosary was recited on Tuesday evening by Rosary Committee member and neighbour Joan Williams in the presence of his loving family, neighbours and friends. Removal took place on Wednesday evening, Rev. Fr. M. Cullinan, P.P., recited funeral prayers in the presence of his loving family and friends. On arrival to St. Carthage’s Church, Lismore, his remains were received and blessed by Rev. Fr. M. Cullinan, P.P., and Rev. Fr. M.Wall (Mary I Limerick) and Rev. Fr. D. Gould (Killavullen). On Wednesday morning Funeral Mass was celebrated by Rev. Fr. M. Cullinan, P.P., and assisted by Rev. Fr. Dave McAuliffe (Killavullen), Rev. Fr. Dick Hegearty (C.I.T.) and Rev. Fr. M. Wall (Mary I, Limerick). Symbols representing Joe’s life were presented to the Altar by grandson Diarmuid Lee – Joe’s 1948 Hurley; grand-daughter Maebh Lee – a family photograph; neighbour Sharon Williams – a bag of apples; grandniece Orla Kirwan – the leash for his dog Dusty; grandnephew Adam Flynn – a small plane; theses were narrated by neighbour Susan Williams. Readings during the Mass were recited by son Fergus and daughter Orla. Prayers of the faithful were recited by Joe’s niece Mary Kirwan, grand-daughter Maebh Lee; grandson Diarmuid Lee; niece Sheila Flynn and niece Ann Scully. During the Mass Dina Walshe provided and lovely selection of hymns and music. The Offertory Gifts were presented to the Altar by grandchildren Diarmuid and Maebh Lee and niece Trisha White. Following Funeral Mass burial took place in St. Declan’s Cemetery, Cappoquin. Rev. Fr. M. Cullinan, P.P., officiated the graveside prayers and was assisted by Rev. Fr. Arthure, P.E., and Rev. Fr. M. Wall (Limerick), where Joe was laid to rest in the presence of his loving family, neighbours and a large circle of friends. May he rest in peace. We extend our deepest sympathy to his loving son Fergus; daughter Orla; brother Albert; sister Kathleen (Dolly) O’Donnell; son-in-law Bill Lee; grandchildren Diarmuid and Maebh; sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and friends.

55 JOHN MORONEY Knockatrelane, Ballymacarbry With deep regret and sadness we record the passing of John Moroney, Knockatrelane, Ballymacarbry, Co. Waterford, which sad event occurred peacefully on 10th March, 2014, at Waterford Regional Hospital. John was born on 5th February, 1929, to parents Ellen (nee Crotty) and William Moroney, at Knockatrelane. He was one of two children and he was educated in Bennett’s Church Old National School, just a short distance from his homeland. On the death of his parents, John continued to live at home with his brother Michael. Together they farmed the land and lived a happy, contented life. They didn’t believe in the modern technique of farming.They were more used to the old ways and the method of using the donkey and cart in the day to day duties was the norm. John enjoyed nothing more than a visit to the local Mart where he would meet up with neighbours and friends to catch up with local events in the area. He could turn his hand to any type of farming and he enjoyed growing potatoes, turnips and all types of vegetables. The death of his brother Michael in 1996 left a huge void in John’s life but he continued on with the support of his great neighbours and friends.The old ways still remained and he was a regular visitor to the Church. A man of deep religious faith who was always willing to lend a helping hand. He relied heavily on the support of his neighbours and friends who all enjoyed his company and who had the pleasure of knowing such a gentleman. All who knew John Moroney will have their own special memories of him. May he now be reunited with all his loved ones in Heaven. May he rest in peace. Reposing at Walsh’s Funeral Home, Cappoquin, Rosary was recited on Wednesday evening by Cappoquin Rosary Committee member Mary O’Rourke in the presence of his loving family, neighbours and friends and funeral prayers were recited by Rev. Fr. J. Kiely, P.P. On arrival at St. Laurence’s Church his remains were received and blessed by Rev. Fr. C. Kelleher, P.P. Funeral Mass was celebrated on Thursday morning by Rev. Fr. C. Kelleher, P.P. Symbols representing John’s life were presented to the Altar by Ger Peters (a walking stick), Ciara Guiry (a donkey), Cruz Peters (a cap), Sarah Harte (a pair of wellies). During the Mass readings were recited by Michelle Guiry and Christine Curran. Prayers of the Faithful were recited by Louise Peters and Catherine Walsh. A lovely selection of hymns and music were provided by Dina Walshe. The Offertory gifts were presented to the Altar by Noreen O’Rourke and Geraldine Morrissey. A Communion reflection was delivered by Pat Melody. Following Funeral Mass burial took place in Bennett’s Church cemetery. Rev. C. Kelleher, P.P., officiated the graveside prayers, where John was laid to rest in the family grave in the presence of his loving family, neighbours and friends. May he rest in peace. May we extend our deepest sympathy to his loving cousin Nancy Moroney; his extended relatives the Melody, Walsh, Tobin, Harte and Dwyer families; the Guiry family, his life-long neighbours and friends; extended families in Westmeath, Dublin and Cavan; relatives, neighbours and friends. Month’s Mind Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, 8th April, 2014, in St. Helena’s Church, The Nire, at 7.30 p.m. (Funeral arrangements by Aidan Walsh & Sons, Funeral Directors, Cappoquin & Tallow).

(Funeral arrangements by Aidan Walsh & Sons, Funeral Directors, Cappoquin & Tallow).

JOHN McCARTHY Cedar Lodge, Springmount, Dungarvan, and formerly of Paul’s, Grattan Square, Dungarvan We write with deep regret on the passing of John McCarthy on Sunday, March 30th, at Waterford Regional Hospital. Son of the late Daniel and Eileen McCarthy we extend our sincere sympathy to his sister Anne; brothers-in-law Michael Carter, Jim King and Tony Dunmore; nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends. May he rest in peace. Rosary was recited on Tuesday evening at the Kiely Funeral Home, Dungarvan. Removal will take place on Wednesday, April 2nd, at 10.15 a.m. from the Kiely Funeral Home, Dungarvan, to St. Mary’s Parish Church for Requiem Mass at 11.00 a.m. Interment afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Full obituary next issue. (Funeral arrangements by James Kiely & Sons, Funeral Directors, Dungarvan).

BR. MALACHY (Michael) SUTTON, O.C.S.O. Mount Melleray Abbey, Cappoquin, Co. Waterford It is sincere sadness and regret that we record the passing of Br. Malachy (Michael) Sutton, O.C.S.O., Mount Melleray Abbey, Cappoquin, Co. Waterford, a native of Ferrybank, Waterford, which sad event occurred peacefully on 23rd March, 2014, at CareChoice Nursing Home, Dungarvan. Removal took place on Monday afternoon from Walsh’s Funeral Home, Cappoquin, to Mount Melleray Abbey Church where Br. Malachy reposed in the Community Chapel until concelebrated Mass was celebrated on Wednesday afternoon in Mount Melleray Abbey Church. Following Funeral Mass burial took place in the Community Cemetery. May he rest in peace. We extend our deepest sympathy to his loving sisters Catherine Sullivan, Eileen Walsh and Ann Daly; brothers-in-law, nephews, nieces, grand-nieces, relatives, friends and his Monastic Community. (Funeral arrangements by Aidan Walsh & Sons, Funeral Directors, Cappoquin and Tallow).

FARMING Round-up … Tax treatment of forced sale of SFP entitlements must be urgently addressed

IFA Member Services has launched a new Live Weather Service that offers accurate and real time forecasts your farming area. Pictured at the launch were James Kelly, IFA Director of Organisation; Orlagh Ní Stásaigh, IFA Marketing Manager and Jer Bergin, Chairman of IFA Member Services.

Waterford Cheese Farm opens their doors to visitors THROUGHOUT April, as part of the recently launched Discover Farmhouse Cheese programme, farmhouse cheesemakers will be opening their doors and gates to the Irish public. All farm visits are free to attend but you must book your place online. The first of these farm visits will take place in The Little Milk Company, Stephenson Farm, Newtown, Kilmeaden on April 16th from 1.30 p.m. 3.00 p.m. The Little Milk Company is a co-operative of Irish organic dairy farmers, working the land and minding their cows to produce milk that’s as pure and honest as the Irish countryside. The Stephenson Farm is one of the farms in this cooperative.Visitors will get to walk one of Ireland’s organic dairy farms, see animals grazing, learn about animal breeding and the production of premium organic milk, as well as see winter housing and the milking parlour. People are invited to come visit Stephenson Farm and experience firsthand, the story of farmhouse cheese – the milk and dairy herds, the small batches and commitment to taste, the quality and dedication to making some of the finest artisan products. The Discover Farmhouse Cheese programme, an EU co-funded campaign organised by Bord Bia, is a cele-

bration of farmhouse cheese in Ireland. Bord Bia is encouraging the public to discover the unique character of the individual cheeses and how products are produced on the farm, the transparency of the supply chain, and the story of the makers behind the products. Farmhouse cheeses are made in a huge variety of styles, from the freshest cheese to the rustic and mature hard cheese that has been carefully minded for years as it edges towards perfect maturity. In Ireland, all farmhouse cheeses are unique to each producer. This differs greatly to cheeses available on the Continent where they are made by many farms and dairies under strict guidelines to ensure consistent standards (e.g. Camembert or Parmigiano Reggiano). There are currently over 50 farmhouse cheesemakers in Ireland producing over 150 types of cheese.

Speaking on the Discover Farmhouse Cheese campaign, Eimear O'Donnell, Consumer Dairy Sector Manager, Bord Bia said: “We held our first farm visits as part October Month of Farmhouse Cheese and the interest was incredible so it is great that the public have another chance to visit their local cheesemaker. We are very lucky in Ireland that our farmhouse cheeses come from individual farms, which means we have many different types of cheese, each with its own distinct flavour to choose from. We would encourage people to go out and sample as many as they can, so they can find new ones to love - and what better way to do that, than to meet the producers and to try the product first hand! For more information on locations and events, please visit

IFA President Eddie Downey has highlighted an immediate taxation issue that is affecting thousands of farmers from the forced sale or transfer of Single Farm Payment Entitlements in 2014, for farmers who had leased out all of their land and entitlements in 2013. Where the farmer undertakes this permanent transfer, either through sale or disposal, there will be potentially significant Capital Gains Tax and VAT costs. Mr Downey said, “This situation has arisen due to a shortcoming in the Direct Payments regulation and is completely unacceptable.There must be an amendment made to the taxation treatment of these transfers.There must be a full exemption from any Capital Gains Tax or VAT liability that may arise from the sale or disposal of these entitlements, and I have requested an immediate meeting with the Department of Finance on this issue”.

IFA call on Minister Coveney to restore Grassland Scheme Benefit to €18m in CAP Reform for sheep farmers ADDRESSING the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture in the Dáil recently, IFA National Sheep Committee Chairman John Lynskey called on the Minister of Agriculture Simon Coveney to restore the value of the Sheep Grassland Scheme to €18m as part of the Single Farm Payment for sheep farmers in the new CAP, and to protect the benefits of the scheme for Irish sheep farmers. John Lynskey said as part of a recent announcement by Minister Coveney on CAP Reform, it was proposed that the Sheep Grassland Payment would be abolished from 2015, and that the payments involved would be subsumed into the Single Farm Payment.“There are real problems with this proposal as most of the benefits of the Sheep Grassland Scheme will be lost to individual sheep farmers over time and the national sheep sector.” The IFA National Sheep Chairman explained to the Dáil Committee that for farmers above the average Single Farm Payment, the sheep grassland portion of their payment will be eroded over time up to 2019 as payments are converged downwards. For farmers with lower Single Farm Payments, the value of the sheep grassland payment will also be eroded as their payments move up towards the average.

Agri-Taxation review once-in-a-generation opportunity to develop system that is fit for purpose IFA President Eddie Downey has said that the review of farm taxation by the Departments of Finance and Agriculture presents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to develop a taxation system that both recognises the unique challenges of Irish farming and supports its ambitious targets for growth. Mr Downey said, “This review coincides with the expansion plan Food Harvest 2020 and in advance of the abolition of milk quota. It is a timely opportunity to assess the role the taxation system is playing in supporting the achievement of economic and social goals for Irish agriculture”. These include promoting on-farm investment, encouraging new entrants to farming and greater numbers of lifetime transfers, increasing land mobility, and improving the overall

structure, efficiency and productive capacity of agriculture. Eddie Downey said the achievement of these goals will result in an increase in output, employment and exports and contribute to a more regionally-balanced economic recovery. He continued, “A comprehensive review of the taxation system for farming requires an understanding of the current market and policy environment facing Irish agriculture and the key characteristics of the sector. In addition, in considering new and existing taxation measures, the economic gain arising from the achievement of growth at farm level, must be taken into account”.

IFA President holds discussions on Trade with Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore AT a meeting with the Tanaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore, IFA President Eddie Downey said equivalence of standards and end-use control, and proper independent monitoring and testing, have to be central to any future trade deals that increase access into the EU for agricultural produce. The IFA President said Irish farmers strongly reject the way the European Commission is using agriculture as its main bargaining chip in bilateral trade negotiations. “IFA is demanding that the Government and our MEPs fully defend the livestock sector by insisting there is no repeat of the massive access granted to Canada in the talks with Brazil and the US.” Eddie Downey said the IFA is very concerned that the EU Commission are to exchange offers with Brazil on market access. He accused the Commission of having no real strategy on the trade negotiations and it appears they are willing to sacrifice agriculture, and particularly the beef sector, just to conclude a deal at any cost. The Commission would be showing a very weak hand to proceed to exchange an offer with Brazil when the TTIP talks with the US are intensifying.

Co-ops must give farmers full benefit of 0.2% VAT increase on milk price IFA National Dairy Committee Chairman Sean O'Leary said the agricultural rate of VAT refund had increased from 4.8% to 5% with effect from January, and he urged all co-ops to ensure that their milk price reflected this in a way which is fair to farmers. "The VAT inclusive milk price paid to farmers from January should be slightly up on that paid in December, because of the contribution from increased VAT. Where a coop paid a December milk price of 37c/l + VAT = 38.77c/l incl VAT for milk at 3.3% protein and 3.6% fat, it should now pay 38.85c/l VAT inclusive. This may not sound like a lot, but it would add up to €240 over an entire year for a producer supplying 300,000 litres," Mr O'Leary said. "We have received reports from some farmers who have found that while the VAT is shown at 5% on their January and February milk statements, the VAT inclusive price is unchanged, which suggests that the net price, before VAT, has been slightly reduced," he said. "I am very clear that there is no justification for such a reduction in the base price of milk as markets have remained strong, as evidenced by the IDB index staying almost unchanged at close to its historically highest level of 133.5 points into February," he added. "I am urging all co-ops to be fair and honest with farmers, and to ensure that their VAT inclusive price is up by the equivalent of the additional 0.2% VAT now being paid by the Exchequer," he concluded.


Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 4 April, 2014


Dog owners reminded to be vigilant during lambing season

Pictured at the launch are, from left: Glanbia supplier George Kenny from Lisdowney, Co. Kilkenny; Shane McElroy, Glanbia Veterinary Practitioner and James Fitzpatrick, Ruminant Business Manager, Glanbia Agribusiness. [Dylan Vaughan]

Glanbia Agri goes digital with launch of online store GLANBIA Agribusiness has invested in its digital supply capabilities to consolidate its position as Ireland’s largest agri-retailer with the recent launch of a new online vet store. will sell a wide range of animal health and veterinary products as well as providing a valuable online resource for the agri sector as it continues to embrace new technologies. Convenience and accessibility is at the centre of the offering with next day delivery (on orders

placed before 12 noon) throughout the Republic of Ireland. Customers can pay with credit card or link an existing Glanbia credit facility to their account.The site is designed to suit smart phones and tablets with user-friendly navigation; products can be searched quickly by animal, illness or active ingredient. The website will also be a source of information for farmers with up-to-date content from Glanbia Agribusiness specialists such as animal nutritionists,

tillage experts and veterinarians. Glanbia Veterinary Practitioner, Shane McElroy commented, “Farmers are time-poor and need instant access to accurate information on their veterinary products to ensure their herd health is optimised and for compliance with Ireland’s stringent medication regulations. takes the headache out of getting this information”. Commenting on the launch of www.glanbiaa-, Senan Foley, Head of Online for Glanbia Agribusiness said, “The launch of is an important step for us as we improve and expand our online service to our farmer customers. We will be bringing new services to products online over the next 12 months in response to customer demand. Farmers are busier than ever and need relevant information at their fingertips and are increasingly turning to online services. Last year 73,000 applications were

made online to the Department of Agriculture’s iNet system.This is proof of how the farming sector is embracing new technologies and increasingly doing business digitally”. Glanbia Agribusiness, a division of Glanbia plc, comprises a network of 52 retail stores, including Glanbia Agri stores and depots and Glanbia CountryLife, the network of award-winning garden centres and country stores located across the South East.

Waterford Macra

Pictured at the BIM/IFA Aquaculture Oyster Conference in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford recently are: Richie Flynn, IFA Aquaculture Executive; Paudie Coffey, TD; Jim Harty, Dungarvan Shellfish and Donal Maguire, BIM Director of Aquaculture Development.

VOLLEYBALL Three teams from the county battled it out on Sunday night in the county round of the volleyball competition. Kinsalebeg, Cappoquin and Waterford City all took part and it was decided that Cappoquin would move forward to the national finals that take place during the Mr. Personality competition in Kilkenny in two weeks’ time. We wish the team the very best of luck! MR. PERSONALITY The annual Mr. Personality competition takes place in the Springhill Court Hotel, Kilkenny on the 11th and 12th of April. This year’s Waterford representative is Donall McGrath from Cappoquin Macra who will no doubt be having a very busy weekend as he is also taking part in the national volleyball finals! We hope Donall has a brilliant weekend and hope to see the county out to support him.

INDEPENDENT Local Election Candidate for the Cahir/Clonmel Area, Martin Lonergan has, in a statement today, reminded dog owners to act responsibly as farmers approach peak lambing season. Dog owners, under the Control of Dogs Act, can be held liable for financial damage caused to farmers and costs can run to several thousands of Euro according to Mr Lonergan. “Owners of dogs need to be vigilant at all times, but especially now as we are in the lambing season and farmers begin to leave ewes and lambs out to pasture. Whether you live in or near the countryside, or visit it for recreational purposes, I ask that you are on guard and vigilant the whole time.”

“Docile dogs can join with other dogs and partake in attacks on sheep and lambs. Owners need to act responsibly and keep their animals under control. Dogs should not be left to roam freely in the countryside where they can inflict horrific injuries and suffering on lambs and ewes, particularly at this time of year when lambs are being born and are extremely vulnerable,” continued Mr. Lonergan. Concluding Mr. Lonergan added, “Losses to sheep farmers can be particularly significant and distressing. No one wants to see lambs or ewes distressed, injured or killed by dogs this spring, nor would any of us want to see any dogs destroyed as a result.”

READER’S QUERIES Question: I am currently farming alongside my father; however the herd-number, land and single farm payment are in my father’s name. I am 34 years of age and have my green cert. As we are in dairying I am anxious to modernise the set-up but as things currently stand I will not be in a position to qualify for any of the young farmer grants or the single farm payment top up. By losing out on these lucrative grants I will find myself at a disadvantage as I will still have to shape up the place to compete within the sector when my time comes but without grant aid. Is there any way around this as my father is not ready or cannot afford to retire any time soon. Can you please advise? Answer: All is not lost. Reading between the lines it would appear that by signing on as keeper of the herd and taking over the lead role in the day to day management decisions on the farm you could qualify for the young farmer top up and also qualify for the priority pool within the new grant scheme. This cannot be a “mickey mouse” exercise and you must be seen to take the lead role when it comes to management and you must also be around to be seen in the flesh. Your father will then assume your current position. This arrangement should be picked up automatically by the DAFM. I trust this will clear things up for you. Tip of the Week: The deadline for submission of single payment applications is Thursday, 15th May 2014. Make an appointment with your adviser at your earliest convenience to avoid delays.


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Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 4 April, 2014

Teagasc News . . . DAIRYING Breeding – Six Weeks In-calf Rate 2014: Average six week calving rate is about 55% in Ireland. This low six week calving rate results in many cows calving in April/May/June. This is lost profit. There is no ‘magic bullet’ to increasing six weeks in-calf rate, but the first steps can be taken this spring. The targets are to have 90% of cows calving in a six week period.This is achieved by getting 70% of the cows bred this year to calve in the first six weeks, plus all the heifers. The following are some of the steps to take this spring. Pre breeding: You need to start observing cows now where six week calving rate is low. Record cows that are not cycling, had difficult calvings, retained afterbirths etc. Get these animals examined prior to breeding Submission Rate: Submission rate is the number of cows bred in the first 21 days of the breeding season compared to cows calved by the end of this 21 day cycle. The target is 90% submission rate. Cows must be calved long enough for them to return to heat. If the calving spread is very long, then it is difficult to achieve 90%. The calving season needs to be shorter, this requires more heifers Heat Detection: On average, one mount on a bulling cow lasts for 2-3 seconds. The number of mounts will depend on how many cows are bulling in the herd. Over 70% of bulling occurs from 7.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m. There are plenty of heat detection aids, e.g., tail paint, dyes, vasectomised bulls, etc. to overcome these timing issues. If you are not using a heat detection aid and your six week in-calf rate is below 90% - then this spring is the time to start. Cow nutrition: Cows need to be on a rising plane of nutrition. Allocate the correct amount of grass during the breeding season to ensure good intakes.What about feeding a few kg of meal to further improve body condition? There is ample evidence from years of research at Moorepark and more recently Ballyhaise that feeding meal (up to 4 kg ration) throughout the breeding season does not improve cow fertility where cows have adequate grass. Sufficient Heifers: Extra heifers are required where you want to increase six week calving rate.They calve early and can displace late calving cows. How many heifers do you need in three years’ time

for replacement purposes (culling), expansion and to increase six weeks calving rate? Use 5.5 straws per heifer required this spring. Heifer Quality: Herd genetics is a major weakness contributing to low six week calving rate. In the short-term, select heifers for breeding that have a high fertility sub-index. This assumes that you have a choice, which most farms do not have. In the longer-term, you must breed for fertility. Nationally, the fertility sub-index is €30 – this needs to be increased to €80 plus. To do so select a team of bulls which have an average fertility sub-index of €140 plus. It is important that you select a team of at least 5 bulls for use across the herd. Synchronise Heifers: Synchronising can give submission rates of 100% and conception rates to first service of 70%, provided heifers are sufficient weight at breeding (target 330kg HF). Tail paint all heifers, and inseminate following heat detection during the first six days of the breeding season. All heifers not inseminated in the first six days receive a prostaglandin (PG) injection, and are inseminated following heat detection in the next 3-5 days. Heifers that fail to come into heat following the first shot of prostaglandin receive a second shot 10 days later. After this second shot, heifers are inseminated at a standing heat, or receive fixed time AI at 72 and 96 h after the second shot of PG. IMPORTANT EVENTS Kildalton College Careers’ Day: Students, parents and guidance counsellors are welcome to visit Kildalton College on Friday, 4th April when the College opens its doors for its Spring Careers Day. Members of staff will be present on the day to show students around and give them a preview of life and the courses available at Kildalton College. Information on all Teagasc courses, including application procedures, maintenance grants and progression options, will be available on the day. Tours commence at 10.00 a.m. and 11.00 a.m. Teagasc Suckler Breeding Event: Teagasc are holding a major Suckler Breeding Event in Kildalton Agricultural College, Piltown, Co. Kilkenny on Tuesday, April 8th next. The event which is being co-sponsored by ICBF, Progressive Genetics and Dovea Genetics takes place on the College farm from 10.30am (tours starting 10.30

to 11.30 a.m.) to lunch time. All topics related to breeding the suckler herd will be discussed starting with the actual breeding policy in the Kildalton College herd which comprises of 60 cows with many excellent calves at foot. Thereafter, stands will focus on 24 months calving, bull choice for the suckler cows/heifers, A.I. and health in the suckler herd and finally a look at Beef Genomics which is very topical given the new €60 Suckler Scheme this year and the Gene Ireland Programme. This is a BTAP approved event. All are welcome. Teagasc Storm Damage Forest Demonstration: Teagasc in association with Coillte, the Forest Service and DAFM invites forest owners to attend a Demonstration on Forest Windblow on Tuesday April 8th, meeting at the Rising Sun Pub, Mullinavat, Co. Kilkenny. Buses will depart between 11.00 am and 12.30 pm and the demonstration will last 2.5 hours. The topics which will be discussed are health and safety, damage assessment, clearance options, restocking, insurance and taxation. All are welcome. Teagasc Moorepark (Dairygold farm) Open Day: A Teagasc Open Day for all dairy farmers entitled ‘Breeding Strategies for an Expanding Dairy Industry’ will take place at the Moorepark, Dairygold Research Farm in Kilworth, County Cork at 10 am on Wednesday, 9th April, 2014. This event will provide dairy farmers with direction on breeding strategies for the coming breeding season.The Next Generation Dairy Herd, currently being evaluated by Teagasc at the Dairygold Research Farm, will be exhibited on the day, including up-to-date results.This herd with an EBI of €244 represents the top EBI herd in the country and are the type of cows that Irish dairy farmers will be milking in 10 years based on current rate of genetic gain. Additionally, in association with the Irish Grassland Association, the latest results in relation to robotic milking will be highlighted. A grass-based robotic milking system is currently being developed in the Dairygold farm. Dairy farmers will have the opportunity to see the key management factors that are required to operate a successful automatic milking system. All are welcome.

TEAGASC/GLANBIA MONITOR FARM FOCUS Week Ending: 31st March, 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 28.1 4.42 3.37 2.19 3 826 302 1,000 38 24

Ballynoe, Cork

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• Cows out fulltime on grass day & night • 90 units of Cut Sward on Silage ground last Friday • All cows tail painted for pre mating heat detection. • 40 units of Pasture Sward to be spread on Grazing Paddocks this week. (Total 80 units). • Remaining breeding heifers at grass now.

Suckler Breeding Event TEAGASC are holding a major Suckler Breeding Event in Kildalton Agricultural College, Piltown, Co. Kilkenny, on Tuesday next, the 8th April. The event which is being co-sponsored by ICBF, Progressive Genetics and Dovea Genetics takes place on the College farm from 10.30 a.m. (tours starting 10.30 to 11.30 a.m.) to lunch time. Detailing what will be on display to farmers, Terry Carroll, Teagasc Drystock Adviser in Kilkenny said that there will be five stands on the two hour circuit – all located on the right hand side paddocks just

inside the entrance gates to Kildalton (subject to weather – otherwise stands will move into farmyard). Terry Carroll said: “Farmers need to continue to give great importance to the breeding programme for their suckler herd as this will have a huge impact on the subsequent level of profitability generated for the farm unit”. Speakers from Teagasc locally and nationally, A.I. companies and ICBF will ensure the event is very relevant, interesting and beneficial. This is a qualifying event for those participating in BTAP.

Left to Right: John Madden (Forest Service, DAFM) John O’Sullivan (Coillte) Minister Tom Hayes, John Hunt (Forest Owner) and Tom Houlihan (Teagasc).

Hayes urges forest owners to attend Windblow events MINISTER of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Tom Hayes TD, welcomed the announcements by Teagasc and the ITGA that they are to run a number of field events to assist forest owners and practitioners to manage windblow sites. Recently the Minister visited several sites that were damaged by Storm Darwin in Castleisland, Co. Kerry, and Athea, Co. Limerick. Minister Hayes said “As chairman of the Windblow Taskforce it is important for me to visit these sites first hand and to meet the private owners, Coillte,Teagasc

and foresters on the ground to discuss the various issues that arise when owners are faced with windblow damage. I was genuinely shocked at the level of damage I saw across the country side in west Limerick. Some sites appeared to be a real tangled mess and I would urge everyone in the industry to put safety first when attempting to harvest in these areas. ” Minister Hayes added “I very much welcome Teagasc’s field events planned for 8th April in Mullinavat Co. Kilkenny and 16th April in Castleisland Co. Kerry

focusing on the needs of those forest owners affected by Windblow and indeed I intend to be there myself. Teagasc have teamed up with Coillte, the Forest Service of my Department and others to provide as much information as possible on these forest walks. This will add considerably to the information already provided in the ‘Windblow Guidance note’ that the Taskforce issued recently” In addition to these field events the Irish Timber Growers Association (ITGA) is also holding an event, on the 11th April in Tullamore Co. Offaly, advis-

ing forest owners affected by Windblow on the marketing and sale of the timber. Minister Hayes said “I welcome the work of the ITGA in the whole area of timber marketing and sales. The ITGA have produced some excellent documentation and processes in terms of timber security for private owners and are currently finalising a Template timber sales agreement and this will be very useful to those forest owners who now find themselves in the position where they will be trying to sell their timber sooner than expected”


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Failure of local authorities to tackle litter scourge across rural Ireland criticised by IFA IFA Deputy President & Countryside Chairman Tim O’Leary has accused local authorities of failing to implement litter laws and of allowing serial dumpers to use the countryside as a tip. Tim O’Leary said, “Our countryside is a major national asset and is also our home. Farmers take their role as custodians of the environment very seriously and are proud of rural Ireland. In the past few years billions have been invested to ensure farm-yards achieve the highest environmental standards. In addition, farm families finance the recycling of over 20,000 tonnes of farm plastic each year and through agri-environment schemes have created thousands of kilometres of hedgerows and worked with local tourist groups to develop over 2,000km of walkway trails”. However, he said this progress continues to be undermined by the unacceptable practice of fly-tip-

ping and dumping of rubbish by passing motorists in the countryside. In extreme cases, illegal waste collectors and rogue builders are using the countryside as a dumping ground. Mr. O Leary asked the public and especially car users to play their part in keeping rural Ireland clean. “There is no excuse for dumping any rubbish, even as small as a plastic bottle out the window of a car. Please take your rubbish home and dispose of it properly.” The IFA Deputy President also highlighted the failure of local authorities to adequately respond to littering complaints made by the public. “It is hard to believe that of the over 50,000 complaints that were made in one year throughout the country, local authorities such as in Cork secured only 65 prosecutions and Limerick secured just 66 prosecutions.”




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Replacing Old Slats Free quotation and inspection of old Slatted Units IFA Deputy President Tim O’Leary examines rubbish dumped by the roadside. “Local authorities are not stepping up to their responsibilities, with some councils including Galway failing to prosecute any individual for dumping. This hands-off attitude

by local authorities must change if Ireland is to get serious about tackling the scourge of litter and dumping in the countryside.” Tim O’Leary has also called on the Minister for

in line with overall disposal costs at knackeries. Furthermore, RVL post-mortem fees will now be subject to VAT at 23%. In the case of an adult cow, the new VAT-inclusive RVL charge to cover post-mortem and disposal will be almost three times that of the existing cost (Before March 31st = €23.35 / After March 31st = €68.72). Mr. Kent said “The new RVL waste disposal

dence at farm level before it’s too late. IFA has called on the Minister to immediately meet with the Northern Ireland Minister Michelle O’Neill to remove the artificial blockages being put in the way of the live export trade to Northern Ireland. ”Minister Coveney and Bord Bia must engage with their counterparts in Northern Ireland and Great Britain as well as the major retail and processing groups and insist that Irish livestock are not blocked out of the market with artificial anti-competitive barriers.” IFA National Livestock Chairman Henry Burns said Minister Coveney appears to be completely underestimating the level of frustration and anger at farm level over the factory beef price cuts and specification changes. He said at the farmer protest as well as in the Dáil, there was loud and repeated calls for Minister

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the Environment Phil Hogan to change the existing legislation which places an unfair responsibility on farmers to clean up rubbish that others have dumped on their lands.

charge is effectively another stealth tax on farmers which arises from the Department no longer wanting to absorb the cost of animal disposal. I have serious concerns that some farmers will now be disincentivised from bringing animals to RVLs, which could reduce the important animal health information service that the RVLs provide.”

IFA says Minister Coveney can no longer stand by and take no action on beef crisis IFA President Eddie Downey said it is totally unacceptable that the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney has stood by and not taken decisive action on behalf of livestock farmers in the current beef crisis. He said the beef problems are now going on for three months and Winter finishers have been hammered financially, with the sector facing losses of up to €175m this year, if prices are not restored. Eddie Downey said over 3,000 farmers protested outside the Minister’s office, demanding action on a range of issues. “Little or nothing has been done by the Minister since, while the beef price situation has worsened with the factories now moving their price-cutting tactics onto in spec steers and heifers.” The IFA President said the Minister needs to confront the factories on beef, stop the price cuts and restore some confi-

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ICSA labels new regional veterinary lab charges as another stealth tax ICSA president Patrick Kent has labelled the new regional veterinary laboratory (RVL) charges as “just another stealth tax on farmers.” From March 31st, there will be changes made to the charges for testing of animals at Regional Veterinary Labs. The Department argues that it is bringing in these changes to bring the existing RVL charge


Coveney to take action to address the issues in the beef sector. He said the beef crisis is also a burning issue inside the Dail, which is not going to go away. Henry Burns said it was made very clear that farmers are strongly of the view that the Minister’s Food Harvest 2020 plan is failing the beef sector at farm level, and he needs to take urgent action to restore some confidence to the sector. Henry Burns said IFA has set out a number of specific action points that Minister Coveney needs to urgently address: IFA has demanded that Minister Coveney stand up for farmers, challenge the factories and reject the unviable price cuts and specification changes; The Minister must restore stability and confidence to the sector, and insist the factories return a fair beef price to farmers based on market returns;

Minister Coveney cannot allow the factories and retailers to change the specification in the middle of the production season. He must head up a meeting with all parties around the table to work out the best specification and viable systems suited to the Irish beef sector and the markets we supply; IFA is demanding that the Minister takes action on competition in order to reduce the excessive price gap that has opened up between Irish cattle prices and those in our main export market in the UK. The Minister must remove the artificial blockages preventing the operation of the single market in respect of live exports to Northern Ireland and Great Britain. IFA is requesting that Minister Coveney and Bord Bia go directly to meet his counterparts in Northern Ireland and Great Britain as well as the key retail groups to progress this major issue;

On the issue of access to farmers’ livestock numbers on the Department of Agriculture AIMS data base, IFA want a guarantee from Minister Coveney that the system is absolutely confidential and factories do not have access to herd profiles of individual farmers; IFA is demanding Minister Coveney strongly defends the beef sector against imports in the EU trade negotiations with the US under TTIP and with Brazil in Mercosur; IFA want Minister Coveney and the Government to immediately introduce strong retail regulation to restore some balance and fairness to the food chain. Henry Burns said,“With the Local and European elections only around the corner and livestock production in every single Parish in the country, the beef crisis will be a major issue”.

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Divergent - Opens 4th April BEATRICE Prior lives in a future version of Chicago where there are five distinct factions. Each faction thinks one virtue is best: Dauntless think bravery is keen, Erudite love knowledge, Abnegation is pro-self-sacrifice, Amity hearts friendship, and Candour is into telling it like it is. Beatrice grew up in an Abnegation family. But when she turns 16, she decides to join Dauntless – partly because they're cool (tattoos, piercing, leather jackets, love of Wuthering Heights); partly because she doesn't feel selfless enough to be a good Abnegation; and partly because her test result showed that she was Divergent, meaning she doesn't really fit in with any one faction. But joining Dauntless isn't just about showing up and saying "take me." All the initiates have to train and compete to get into the fac-

Runners-Up in Dungarvan Lions Club's Deise Jigs & Reels Freestyle at the Park Hotel were Anne Sullivan and Paddy Kealy, pictured with Donal Connolly and John Coade, Lions Club. [Dan McGrath/Editorial Images]


April 6 – 12 Aries March 20th – April 19th

Taurus April 20th – May 20th

Gemini ACROSS 1 You can be connected with this on the Internet (4) 3 Self-possession, originally perpendicularity (6) 9 What can be measured in grays and sieverts (9) 10 Type of display used in electronic devices (1,1,1) 11 That’s all right or no harm done (3,1,1) 12 Very angry (6) 15 Journalist and author who wrote the Swallows and Amazons series of children’s books (6,7) 17 A meeting for attempting to contact spirits (6) 18 An individual side of a cut gem (5) 21 Female reproductive cells (3) 22 A kind of sedimentary rock (9) 23 Variation of sudoku in which only sums of numbers are given (6) 24 Someone or something uninteresting (4) DOWN 1 Natural occurrences that create 24s (5) 2 Lancashire town once prominent in the textiles sector (9) 4 Jean-Marie Le _ , French politician (3) 5 _ Jonathan Blanchard Bloom, English actor (7) 6 Remain or stay (4) 7 The act of reaching one’s destination (7) 8 The official air traffic control call sign of a US presidential aircraft (3,5,3) 13 A type of public declaration (9) 14 Bird of prey noted for its ability to hover (7) 16 Anagram of ELATION (7) 19 A valve for reducing the amount of air in a petrol engine’s fuel mixture (5) 20 James _ , 18th-century explorer and Royal Navy captain (4) 22 A Boy Named _ , Johnny Cash song (3)


May 21st – June 20th

Cancer June 21st – July 22nd

Leo July 23rd – August 22nd

Virgo August 23rd – September 22nd

Libra September 23rd – October 22nd

Scorpio October 23rd – November 21st

HIS is the right time to make your move towards an easier future, both at home and on the work front. However, not everything is as it seems so watch out!


RY not to get angry with someone’s silly mistake. At the moment it may seem like T they’ve caused problems for you, but in the long run they may have done you a favour. HIS year has been prosperous so far – and the stars seem set to keep it that way, at least for T the next few months. Enjoy the freedom that extra cash brings. OU’VE been attracted lately to someone that Y you’ve always thought of as a friend. Dangerous things can happen when a Cancerian gets bored, so be careful. OU’RE feeling pushed out of a close Y friendship by someone you hardly know. Now is a good time to try and build bridges with them – else you may end up alone. OUR high spirits seem to be rubbing off on Y others lately, and it’s not surprising that you’re in such a good mood. People are keen to be in your company this week. ON’T go upsetting the apple cart without D getting your facts straight. You may be feeling angry about a situation, but things could be a lot worse if you’re not careful. ROUBLE in the workplace or with colleagues T could lead you to think about your future – you don’t like to be pushed around, so start to make decisions yourself.


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OU’RE looking forward to the summer and you’re hoping for adventure when the sun finally shines! Take time now to look after yourself and try to be fit and healthy!

to themselves. Lend an ear to them and you November could be in for a surprise by what they have to tell 22nd – December 21st you. December 22nd – January 19th

Aquarius January 20th – February 18th

Pisces February 19th – March 19th


ETTING go of a friendship that has turned L sour of late may seem like a good idea at the time, but good friends are hard to come by so don’t rush into saying goodbye INDING time for yourself at the moment F shouldn’t be too much of a problem. Use the time wisely to make some tough decisions about your future.

tion. Along the way, Beatrice takes a new nickname – Tris – and meets a range of people. There are new friends like Al, Will, and Christina; new enemies like Peter and his evil minions; and new teachers, like the scary Eric and the hot Four. Tris has to compete to get into Dauntless, all while hiding that she's really Divergent. There's blood, violence, and some kissing (between her and Four). So, pretty much the usual high school experience. Then, Tris figures out that the Erudite faction wants to overthrow the Abnegation government. And they're going to do so by mindcontrolling the dauntless army. But Tris doesn't get brainwashed (because she's Divergent), so she destroys the villain's plan, and rescues everyone. Except for her mom and dad, who die to help her!

Calvary - Opens 11th April BRENDAN Gleeson gives a performance of monumental soul in John Michael McDonagh's masterful follow-up to 'The Guard.' Writer-director John Michael McDonagh and actor Brendan Gleeson made a big international splash with 2011 “The Guard,” a terrifically entertaining action-comedy that offered little indication of the depths of humour, compassion, despair and grace they would achieve in their masterful follow-up, “Calvary.” Grounded by a performance of monumental soul from Gleeson as a toughminded Irish priest marked for death by one of his parishioners, the film offers a mordantly funny survey of small-town iniquity that morphs, almost imperceptibly, into a deeply felt lament for a fallen world. A completely sincere work about the persistence of faith and the Catholic Church’s soul-shattering legacy of abuse, this literate, beautifully crafted picture should translate nearcertain critical plaudits into a distinguished arthouse reception worldwide. Gleeson plays Father Lavelle, a no-nonsense but grounded priest on the gorgeous Sligo coast, and during confession one of his parishioners tells him that he is going to kill him in a week's time. Instead of trying to sway his

would-be assassin, the good priest simply continues about his business, as he plays the role of one part police detective, one part social worker, and one part therapist for the entire village. Despite the tiny population, the village is full of a vast array of characters, with an excellent supporting cast – Kelly Reilly, Dylan Moran, Chris O'Dowd, Domhnaill Gleeson, David Wilmot - bringing them all to life. And that's before even mentioning Brendan Gleeson, who is nothing short of phenomenal here, owning the screen like never before, giving a true powerhouse performance. Precise, intelligent, emotional, and profoundly deep, it’s exactly the kind of work that is overlooked by award shows. Despite the gloomy atmosphere and constant sense of foreboding, McDonagh hasn't forgotten his funny bone, and there are plenty of laugh out loud moments to be found throughout, but mostly, Calvary is about guilt, and the assignment of blame. Father Lavelle may be a good priest, but he is on the receiving end for an entire religion's mistakes, with the righteous anger of everything from the abuse in the churches to the current state of the country's economy hurled in his direction.

King Lear by William Shakespeare Live from the National Theatre Thursday, May 1st at 7.00 p.m. SIMON Russell Beale plays King Lear in the National Theatre's new production directed by Sam Mendes Mark Douet Olivier, National Theatre, Simon Russell Beale was not gushing when he described Sam Mendes as his “professional soulmate”. For close to a quarter of a century, the pair have brought out the best in one another. Their collaboration on King Lear has long been in the pipeline and I am delighted to report that this production was well worth the wait. Staged in the vast Olivier, it's a powerfully searching account of the tragedy that fuses the familial and the cosmic, the epic and the intimate, and ponders every detail of the play with a fresh, imaginative rigour. Mendes has set the piece in a present day totalitarian state. Russell Beale's Lear is an old Stalinesque despot, surrounded by a huge armed guard, and the love-test of his daughters is a chilling public ceremony, with microphones, designed to prop up his ego before he delegates power. As vehemently performed by the excellent Olivia Vinall, Cordelia's refusal to play the game sounds like a principled protest against a regime based on conformism and flattery. Russell Beale brilliantly shows you that the King's paroxysms of furniture-overturning fury are an index not just of Lear's deteriorating mental state but of his frightened awareness that his brain is failing and desperate need for reas-

surance. Hence his psychological dependence on keeping his train of knights – a huge group of rowdy soldiery here whom the daughters see as a potential political threat and are reluctant to entertain, understandably given that their behaviour includes dumping a whole dead stag on Goneril's dining table. Russell Beale as Lear with daughter Cordelia, played by Olivia Vinall Adrian Scarborough's excellent Fool is a melancholy music hall comic in a check suit and feathered trilby, full of oblique, subtly anguished concern for his master. Why he disappears from the play is explained by a shocking twist that I won't disclose but which is horribly plausible in a production that refuses to sentimentalise the hero. Russell Beale can break your heart with the mad Lear's sudden moments of piercing clarity but his superb portrayal of man who discovers the folly of a life predicated on power rather than love remains turbulent with complexities and contradictions. Padding agitatedly around in a hospital gown in the reunion with Cordelia, he has to fight with his scalding sense of shame for what he did to her before he dips confirming fingers into her tears and tastes them. And in the last scene, he delivers the line “Look on her, look, her lips” not in a dying delusion that she lives but in an angry, almost dogmatic final outburst against the meaninglessness of the universe.

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Cast of “All Shook Up”

Dungarvan & West Waterford Theatre Group presents “All Shook Up” GIVE in to your ‘Burning Love’ and come along to what’s going to be the most “awesome” show to hit Dungarvan! You could mistake the cast of professionals such is the quality of music, dance

and acting in this Elvis Inspired Musical. For a night of entertainment, for a laugh, for a lift to your spirit All Shook Up is the perfect night out. Set in the Midwest of America in the 1950s; Chad, a hip-swivelling, guitar-

playing roustabout, is being released from prison. In a nearby dreary little town where loud music, public necking, and tight pants have been outlawed Chad is sure to cause a disturbance, especially when he meets Natalie, a young

mechanic, who is dreaming of love and adventure. Along with the most talented amateur cast, a huge team of professionals have been working to put together this unique and quality show.

From start to finish ‘All Shook Up’ is sure to enthral you and will definitely send you home singing! Tickets are on sale in David Walsh Office Supplies and Joe Kelly Pharmacy, Abbeyside, Dungarvan.

Tionól na nDéise comes to the West Waterford Food Festival Ciarán Ó Gealbháin le labhairt ar bhia in Amhráin na nDaoine “CAPALL na hOibre: Bia in Amhráin na nDaoine” an teideal a bheidh ar chaint a tabharfaidh Ciarán Ó Gealbháin ag an gcéad Thionól na nDéise eile, a bheidh ar siúl i nDún Garbhán ar an Satharn, 12ú Aibreán mar chuid d’Fheile

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Bia Iarthar Phort Láirge. De bhunadh an tSean Phobail i nGaeltacht na nDéise é Ciarán, mar a bhfuil cónaí fós air. Léachtóir is ea é i Roinn an Bhéaloidis, Coláiste na hOllscoile Corcaigh agus tá tráchtas dochtúireachta á scríobh i láthair na huaire aige ar ghnéithe de thraidisiún na hamhránaíochta sna Déise. Tá sé ina chomheagarthóir ó 2008 ar an iris bhéaloideasa agus eitneolaíochta, Béascna. Beidh léacht Chiaráin ar siúl ar a 3.30 i.n. ar an Satharn i nGailearaí Ealaíon Bhainlann Chúil na nGabhar, Sráid Uí Chonaill, Dún Garbhán agus beidh fáilte roimh chách chuig an ócáid saor in aisce seo, ag a mbeidh ceol agus amhránaíocht traidisiúnta le clos agus bia traidisiúnta le blaiseadh chomh maith! Food in the Traditional Songs of the People will be the topic of the next talk in Waterford County Council’s Tionól na nDéise

series of Irish language events, which will, aptly enough, take place during the West Waterford Festival of Food from 10th-13th April. UCC lecturer, Ciarán Ó Gealbháin will give a presentation on “Capall na hOibre: Bia in Amhráin na nDaoine” (Food in the Traditional Songs of the People) in Bainlann Chúil na nGabhar Art Gallery in O’Connell St., Dungarvan at 3.30 p.m. on Saturday, 12th April. Not only is the subject of Ciarán’s talk very appropriate for the Food Festival, the venue, Bainlann Chúil na nGabhar, is equally suitable to the topic. Ben O’Neill’s Bainlann was originally a grocery/dairy where fresh cow’s milk was sold from the churn before the advent of glass milk bottles (or pasteurisation). The word ‘Bainlann’ comes from ‘bainne’ (milk) and ‘Lann’ (house). As well as Ciarán’s

presentation (which will also give listeners the opportunity to hear some of the well-known traditional songs of the Déise), there will be traditional food tastings and live music from well-known local musicians! A native of An Sean Phobal in Gaeltacht na nDéise, Ciarán Ó Gealbháin is a lecturer with the Department of Folklore & Ethnology in University College Cork and former member of the traditional band, Danú. Ciarán is currently writing his PhD thesis on aspects of traditional singing in the Déise. The Food Festival Tionól na nDéise event is free to all and while the talk will be given in Irish, simultaneous translation facilities will be provided as well. This talk is part of the current Tionól na nDéise series of events in the Irish language, which is organised by the Irish Officer of Waterford County Council.

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Katakana at Copper Coast Geopark "The music of Katakana comes like a storm of fresh air into the Irish music scene” Jackie Hayden, Music Journalist and Author WATERFORD music collective tured, is well known as a folk singer, guiKATAKANA play a concert at Copper tarist, songwriter and broadcaster. Eoin Coast Geopark on Thursday 10th April O'Meachair, who has just returned from a 2014 at 8pm. The venue is a beautiful con- sell-out American and Canadian tour with verted church, in Bonmahon, which houses Caladh Nua, brings his mandolin, whistle the Copper Coast Museum. Founded at the and banjo talents into the mix. Add Nick Red Kettle Sessions in Waterford in Bankes on double bass and Damo Mac December 2013, the four members of Daoi on Brazilian / Cuban / Irish percusKatakana are no strangers to the stage and sion and you are guaranteed a night of have played their respective instruments for entertaining music on Thursday 10th April most of their lives. Liam Merriman, pic- at the Copper Coast.

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Irish film endorsed by senior member of US mental health organisation By Paul Mooney AN Irish film starring a Dungarvan man has been publicly endorsed by a senior member of the American National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). ‘Patrick’s Day’ stars Maurice (Moe) Dunford, from Dungarvan, and tells the story of ‘Patrick’ (played by Moe) a schizophrenic who falls in love with an alcoholic, suicidal flight attendant. Last week, the Dungarvan Observer reported about the successful world premiere of Patrick’s Day at the South

by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival, which was held in Austin, Texas, USA, earlier in March. The film, an unflinching drama which focuses on mental health issues, was written and directed by Terry McMahon and supported by Bord Scannán na hÉirerann. It was shown three times at the SXSW festival, to critical acclaim. Maurice Whitfield, the Advocacy Co-ordinator of NAMI publicly endorsed the film, describing it as “an amazing film about a young man with mental illness”. “The heart and soul of the film is centred around

The Question and Answer session after the premiere of Patrick’s Day at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas. Left to right: Kerry Fox (Maura); Moe Dunford (Patrick); and Terry McMahon, Director, on stage ready to answer questions about the film. the relationships of the characters,” said Mr. Whitfield. “Patrick has schizophrenia, but is not defined by his illness in any way.

“Terry McMahon did a masterful job writing and directing this film, which is well executed by the cast. Patrick’s Day is a must see film and the scope extends

Director, Terry McMahon and Moe Dunford at the Stateside Theatre screening of Patrick’s Day, at the SXSW Film Festival, Austin, Texas. far beyond the mental illness community,” Mr. Whitfield added. Patrick’s Day was chosen from a selection of over 6,000 international submis-

sions to the festival, to have its world premiere at the festival. The film also stars Kerry Fox (Shallow Grave, Sex & Violence); Catherine

Walker (Dark Touch, Leap Year); and Philip Jackson (My Week with Marilyn, Little Voice). A clip from Patrick’s Day can be viewed on YouTube.

Ciara gives fantastic performance on The Voice but fails to make it through to quarter finals IT was a fantastic performance by Ciara Donnelly on RTÉ’s The Voice last Sunday evening, with her own unique version of the Arctic Monkeys ‘I bet you look good on the dance floor’. Alas, it wasn’t to be, as Ciara didn’t make it through to the quarter finals. She did Dungarvan proud though and looked absolutely stunning as she sang the cover version of the 2005 hit by the Arctic Monkeys. Ciara (25) was one of

three hopefuls who were eliminated on last Sunday’s show. The other two eliminations were Laura O’Connor and Emma Walsh. Despite the disappointing result, Ciara was flooded with messages of support and praise on Twitter. Ciara expressed thanks for the messages of support. “Sad to go, but happy to rest the vocals...” Ciara told her followers on Twitter. Ciara was a 2FM wildcard entry onto The Voice show and impressed the coaches with her rendition of ‘Lonely Boy’ by The

Black Keys. After choosing to join Team Bressie, Ciara was paired with Emma Walsh to sing ‘My Hero’ by the Foo Fighters in the battle stage of the show. After impressing the coaches again, Ciara went on to the live shows. Singing Hozier’s ‘Take me to the Church’ with her own unique twist was a big enough challenge, but she impressed the coaches once again, so that she progressed to the next live show of the competition. Her interpretation of Arctic Monkey’s ‘I bet you

look good on the dance floor’ on last Sunday’s show was a hit and while Ciara was struggling with a throat infection, it didn’t stop her top quality performance. Coach Dolores said she liked Ciara’s performance, but was not blown away. Coach Kian said Ciara was struggling to hit the high notes, but overall “I thought it was a good performance”. Coach Jamelia said the song was totally changed and while she thought Ciara was fantastic vocally, she felt she was “not connected emotionally”.

However, Coach Bressie came to Ciara’s defence, pointing out that if Ciara had tried to do the original version of the song, “it would have been a car crash”. “That was well done. A good reconstruction. Very musical and an incredible singer,” said Bressie. Ciara scored a total of 20 points on the night (six points from Dolores; seven points from Kian; and seven points from Jamelia). Ciara has gained a couple of celebrity fans, who include legendary Tipperary goalkeeper, Brendan

Ciara Donnelly, a native of Dungarvan, who gave a fantastic performance on RTÉ’s The Voice last Sunday evening, but failed to make it through to the quarter finals. Cummins; MTV Presenter, Laura Whitmore; as well as Ryan Tubridy’s 2FM show. Ciara said she will now get back to writing and recording, and with the performances she gave on The

Voice, we haven’t heard the last from Ciara Donnelly watch this space! Ciara’s original music can be found at m.

Lismore Castle presents ARTIFICE 2014 ARTIFICE 11TH – 13TH April 2014 LISMORE Castle Arts is delighted to present ARTIFICE 2014, which opens on Friday 11th April and continues until Sunday 13th April at Lismore Castle Arts, Lismore, Co Waterford. The exhibition will officially be opened by Niamh Sharkey, Laureate na nÓg at 6.00 p.m. on 11th April. ARTIFICE, now in its sixth year, is an

annual exhibition which presents works of arts crafted by Transition Year students from across Co.Waterford. Each year the participating schools are asked to respond to a theme – this year the theme is CHRONICLES, connected to the work of leading international artist Wilhelm Sasnal who has a painting exhibition at Lismore, opening on 18th April. Works in the exhibition bring to life the creative minds of young artists,

with inspiration from fairytales, realworld events and contemporary culture. The six schools in the exhibition this year are: Blackwater Community School (Lismore), Ard Scoil na nDeise (Dungarvan), Meanscoil san Nioclas (An Rinn), Stella Maris (Tramore) and Coláiste Chathail Naofa (Dungarvan) and, for the first time, Christian Brothers School (Dungarvan). In total more than 150 students have

contributed to the art work on display. ARTIFICE is presented as part of Spring Spree at Lismore Castle Arts. Taking place over the weekend of 11th – 13th April, Spring Spree will bring to life the gardens and gallery at Lismore Castle through events and activities aimed at children of all ages, including a tennis tournament, a Camogie game, pony riding and our annual Easter Egg Hunt.

Entry is free for children (under 16) and adults can avail of a weekend pass for only €12 (or €8 per day). Gates open each day at 10am. For further information on ARTIFICE, Spring Spree or the Lismore Castle Arts education programme, please contact Jennifer Marshall, Education Coordinator, Lismore Castle Arts, by email or by telephone +353 (0)58 54061.

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West Waterford’s Joe Gough crowned World champion See Page 17

Pictured is Joe Gough, West Waterford AC, on his arrival back at Dublin Airport on Sunday night with his world masters 800 gold and 1,500 metres bronze medals which he won in Budapest at the World Masters Indoor Championships. [Photo courtesy of Donal Glackin / Irish Runner Magazine]




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National Football League

Disappointing display by Waterford footballers in Aughrim

Dungarvan CBS beaten by Blackwater Community School in the U151⁄2A Hurling final played in Dungarvan GAA Club grounds. [Sean Byrne//Deise Sport]

Meanscoil San Nioclas who were beaten by Tramore CBS in the Post Primary Schools U14B Football Final played in Fraher Field. [Sean Byrne//Deise Sport]

Wicklow ....................... 2-14; Waterford ..................... 0-12. WICKLOW footballers are pushing the race for promotion down to the wire as they notched up an impressive win over Waterford at Aughrim on Sunday last. After Wicklow took a four point lead in the first 16 minutes, Waterford pushed the home side hard after that, cutting the margin to a point 0-109 to 0-11 with just 15 minutes remaining. And it took two smashing goals by full forward Seanie Furlong to clinch victory for the Garden County. Wicklow led by double scores 0-8 to 0-4 at half-time and while Seanie Furlong was top scorer with 2-4, two of the points coming from frees, it was centre-back Paudge McWalter who was the star player for Wicklow. McWalter revelling in his defensive role at centre-back was the engine room that propelled. Wicklow forward to victory. They are away to league leaders Tipperary, who have already secured promotion,

next weekend and need to win if they are to stay in the hunt for promotion. This win has moved Wicklow into third in the table, but they still need the last round results next weekend to go in their favour if they are to clinch a Division 3 spot next season. Scorers: Wicklow: S. Furlong 2-4, K. Murphy, P. McWalter, D. Hayden (0-2) each; R. Finn L. Glynn, C. McGraynor, P. Cunningham (0-1) each. Waterford: S. Ahearn 0-5, T. Grey and J. J. Hutchinson (0-2) each; P. Whyte and L. O Linneain and M. O’Gorman (0-1) each. Wicklow: R. Lambert, C. Hyland, D. Power, A. Byrne, K. Murphy, P. McWalter, D. Healy, A. McLoughlin, N. Gaffney, R. Finn, P. Earls, D. Hayden, L. Glynn, S. Furlong, C. McGraynor. Subs: J. Stafford for C. McGraynor; P. Dalton for N. Gaffney; P. Cunningham for P. Earls; A. Murphy for D. Healy; M. Staines for A. Byrne; M. Kenny for S. Furlong.

Waterford: S. Enright; D. Crowley, T. O’Gorman, C. Conner, O. Keevers S. Briggs, T. O’Holohan, W. Hutchinson, P. Whyte, T. Grey, L. O Linneain, C. O’Keeffe, J. J. Hutchinson, S. Ahearn, B. Wall. Subs: T. Prendergast for P. Whyte; M. O’Gorman for T. Grey; N. Walsh for W Hutchinson; L. O Curraoin for C. O’Keeffe; J. Hayden for T. O’Holohan. Referee: Damien Maher, Westmeath. ALLIANZ FL DIVISION 4 LEAGUE TABLE P W D L Diff. Pts. Tipperary 6 5 1 0 56 11 Clare 6 4 1 1 34 9 Wicklow 6 4 0 2 18 8 Leitrim 6 3 1 2 3 7 Antrim 6 2 0 4 11 4 Waterford 6 1 1 4 -31 3 London 6 1 1 4 -36 3 Carlow 6 1 1 4 -55 3 HOME TO CARLOW Waterford senior footballers play Carlow on Sunday next at the Fraher Field, Dungarvan at 2.00 p.m. in round seven of the National Football League.

Death of Joe Flynn - Waterford MH Goalkeeper of 1948 THE death occurred last week of Joe Flynn, Ballyea, Lismore, who was goalkeeper on the Waterford Minor Hurling team that won All-Ireland glory in 1948. Joe played his club hurling with Cappoquin and Ballyduff before spending many years abroad. Waterford defeated Clare in the Munster semifinal of that year and went on to defeat Tipperary in the Munster final by 3-6 to 0-3. Having seen off the Galway challenge in the AllIreland semi the Deise overcame Kilkenny in the final by 3 points, 3-8 to 4-2. At the start of the 1948 inter-county

Late Joe Flynn championship Joe in actual fact was third choice goalkeeper but fate had it that he

became first choice. For the opening game against Clare the first choice ‘keeper was sick and the sub was not present, so Joe got his chance and took it with open arms. Joe was a very knowledgable man on the game of hurling and was a regular attender at local club games as well as inter-county games. As recently as February 1st, he proudly displayed his All-Ireland medal at a Ballyduff Club Medals Presentation Night. Joe was guest of honour at that function and, in fact, presented the club minor hurling team of

2013 who won the County title with their medals. Joe’s Coffin was draped in the red and white colours of Ballyduff at the removal of his remains to St. Carthage’s Church, Lismore on Thursday night. He was interred in St. Declan’s Cemetery, Cappoquin on Friday afternoon. Joe was predeceased by his wife Rose (nee Lonergan) and we extend sympathy to his daughter Orla; son Fergus; brother Albert; sister Kathleen; son-in-law Billy; grandchildren Diarmuid and Maebh; relatives and friends. May he rest in peace.

Peter Pqwer presents the Blackwater Captain Jack Prendergast with the Post Primary Schools U151⁄2A County Hurling Shield. [Sean Byrne//Deise Sport]

Blackwater Community School, Post Primary Schools U151⁄2A Hurling Champions 2014. They beat Dungarvan CBS in the final played in Dungarvan GAA Club grounds.

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Waterford Hurlers relegated to Division 1B for 2015 Dublin ……………4-13; Waterford ………..1-17. LONG before referee’s Johnny Ryan’s final whistle in Walsh Park last Sunday afternoon, it was evident that our hurlers would be plying their trade in Division 1B in 2015. Down a man since the 28th minute with the sending off of Shane O’Sullivan and a brace of goals in a two minute period by the Dubs Danny Sutcliffe early in the second half ended our interest in Division 1A Hurling for another twelve months at least. The concession of a further four goals by Derek McGrath’s charges brought our concession tally to thirteen in three games while up front sub Darragh Fives ended our goal famine with a fine team effort in the 22nd minute. Amazingly, we were reduced to 14 men at the same stage in this game as we were in our last meeting with Anthony Daly’s team in Walsh Park three weeks ago but on this occasion, Dublin utilised their numerical advantage to better use and subsequently a home victory never looked on the cards. Waterford started this relegation battle in whirlwind fashion and we led by 0-5 to 0-0 after seven minutes of play. Ray Barry and Brian O’Sullivan raised white flags within the opening minute and three further scores by Pauric Mahony (2f) completed the Deise’s encouraging beginning. Dublin had to wait until the 11th minute for their first score but it proved to be a serious one when Paul Ryan scored the first of his side’s four goals following a close in foul on Danny

Sutcliffe. The influential Alan McCrabbe (f) pointed either side of a Pauric Mahony point and indeed nobody tried harder in Waterford’s cause than the Ballygunner man who ended the game with a total of 0-11 (8f) to his credit. Darragh Fives came on as a sub for the hamstrung Stephen Molumphy in the 20th minute and in his first involvement, he finished a good team move by such as Kevin Moran, Austin Gleeson and Seamus Prendergast to the net in the city end goal to give his team a 1-6 to 1-1 lead. Waterford maintained their advantage in general, despite the sending off of Shane O’Sullivan, but our recent failing of mistakes in defence, again costs us dearly, when Colm Cronin availed of a pass from Mark Schutte to score his side’s second goal after 31 minutes (1-7 to 2-4). LOSING ADVANTAGE The advantage was now swaying in favour of the Dubs and they took the lead for the first time in the 35th minute following a fine score by wing forward Ryan O’Dwyer. The teams were level twice in the first half and three in total with the visitors 0-1 ahead at the break, 2-6 to 1-8. Dublin won the second half by 2-7 to 0-9 and Sutcliffe’s two early goals were ultimately the deciding factor here. As well as conceding the type of goals that were scored, the worrying point is how frail our defence has become and further majors could have been conceded but for the alertness of Ian O’Regan on one occasion and poor finishing by Dublin

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thereafter. It is something that will have to be sorted by the time championship comes around or our summer season will mirror our recent results. Two minutes into the second half, Pauric Mahony (f) levelled the game for the final time before Danny Sutcliffe pounced either side of points by Jamie Nagle and Alan McCrabbe 4-7 to 1-10. With Joey Boland playing as the extra man in defence, the Waterford attack playing closer to midfield than to the goal and some home players being left on the pitch too long, as well as a 0-6 lead of course, the Dubs were home and dry in Division 1A for 2015. Unfortunately, Darragh Fives had to retire injured with what looked like a reoccurrence of his injury problems and his absence is a continued loss to the County set-up. Although on the losing side, Pauric Mahony gave a Man of the Match display as he continues to impress on the Inter County scene. Subs Shane Walsh and Ryan Donnolly scored 0-1 and 0-2 respectively on their introduction while Kevin Moran had a goal effort well stopped by Gary Maguire. Dublin supporters travelled in their numbers to this vital clash in an announced attendance of 3835 and they were well rewarded with a fine display by their favourite team. MINUTE’S SILENCE Prior to the game, a minute’s silence was observed in memory of the late Joe Flynn, who was goalie on the County’s Minor Hurling winning team in 1948. Dublin’s Top Three: Alan McCrabbe, Danny Sutcliffe, Paul Ryan. Waterford’s Top Three: Pauric Mahony, Tadhg Bourke, Shane Fives. Observer’s Man of the Match: Pauric Mahony. Number of Scorers: Dublin 9. Waterford 7. Scorers from Play: Dublin 3-9. Waterford 1-9.

Waterford's Shane Fives with the sliotar against Dublin's Ryan O'Dwyer during the NHL Relegation Play Off in Walsh Park. [Sean Byrne//Deise Sport]

SCORERS AND TEAMS Scorers: Waterford: Pauric Mahony 0-11; D. Fives 1-0, R. Donnelly 0-2, S. Walsh, J. Nagle, R. Barry, B. O’Sullivan (0-1) each. Dublin: D. Sutcliffe 2-0, A. McCrabble 0-6, P. Ryan 1-2, C. Croinin 1-0, R. O’Dwyer 0-2, C. Kearney, M. Schutte, D O’Callaghan (0-1) each. Waterford: S. O’Keeffe; T. Bourke, S. Fives, N. Connors, J. Nagle, M. Walsh, K. Moran, S. O’Sullivan, S. Molumphy, G. O’Brien, Pauric Mahony, A. Gleeson, R. Barry, S. Prendergast, B. O’Sullivan. Subs: D. Fives for Molumphy; S. Walsh for Prendergast; E. Barrett for D. Fives; R. Donnelly for Gleeson; S. Roche for Barry. Dublin: G. Maguire; S. Durkin, P. Kelly, P. Shutte, J. Boland, L. Rushe, M. Carton, C. Cronin, J. McCaffrey, R. O’Dwyer, A. McCrabbe, C. Kearney, P. Ryan, D. Sutcliffe, M. Schutte. Subs: D. O’Callaghan for Cronin; C. McCormack for McCaffrey; N. McMorrow for Kearney; C. O’Callaghan for P. Schutte. Referee: J. Ryan (Tipperary).

Views of the Paying Public * Leaking goals the problem again. * Extra man for Dublin too much to handle. * Lot of work to be done before the championship. * No top tier hurling next Spring. * Mahoney excellent from placed balls. * New version of the National Anthem in Walsh Park. * Good to see Clonea, Clashmore/ Kinsalebeg, Mount Sion and Fourmilewater in the GO GAMES at half-time. * Match well organised again at Walsh Park.



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Waterford GAA Results Note: The winning team is displayed first J. J. Kavanagh & Sons Minor Football Division One: The Nire 3-13; Micheal MacCraith Tramore 0-0 Stradbally 1-19; Gaultier 2-3 Ballinacourty 0-12; De La Salle 0-6 Dungarvan 5-4; Brickey Rangers 2-7 J J Kavanagh & Sons Minor Football Division 2: Cois Bhride W/O Clan na Gael Rathgormack 1-12; Ardmore 2-7 St. Oliver's W/O Roanmore Clashmore/Kinsalebeg 1-13; St Saviour's 0-6 J J Kavanagh & Sons Minor Football Division 3 - Group 2 St Mary's Juvenile W/O Portlaw Kilmacthomas W/O Ferrybank CHL - Sargent Cup - Group 1 Mt. Sion 0-11; Lismore 0-8 Ballygunner 0-26; Fourmilewater 0-6

Ballyduff Upper 2-7; Roanmore 1-9 CHL - Sargent Cup - Group 2: Abbeyside 2-16; Tallow 0-15 De La Salle 2-13; Ardmore 0-7 Passage 3-10; Dungarvan 2-12 Tony Kirwan Plant Hire Eastern Football League: Bunmahon 1-7; Kilmacthomas 0-8 Rathgormack W/O Micheal MacCraith Tramore Kill 0-16; Gaultier 1-8 Western Intermediate Hurling League Group 1: Colligan 1-16; Ballysaggart 0-11 Tourin/Ballinwillin 2-10; Ballinameela 0-8 Brickey Rangers 0-14; St Mary's 1-10 Western Intermediate Hurling League Group 2: Cappoquin 0-11; Geraldines 0-9 Shamrocks W/O Stradbally Modeligo 0-20; Clashmore/Kinsalebeg 2-4

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CLUB HISTORY: Tramore GAA Club was founded in 1951 and it was named after Irish volunteer Micheal Mac Craith, who was killed in the war of Independence at Pickardstown Tramore in 1921 at 25 years of age. CLUB LEGEND: DOUGIE PATRIDGE: The name Dougie Patridge is synonymous with the development of GAA in the town of Tramore. Dougie founded the Juvenile club in 1972 along with Bro. Farrell and he is regarded as the key figure that maintained and developed the Juvenile club in the town over the years. Dougie died in 2012. SOCIAL CENTRE: Opened in 1978. Burned down in 1999. Rebuilt and developed in the 2000’s. CLUB CREST: Introduced in 1981. CLUB NOTES: Maintained by Diarmuid McCarthy. ADMINISTRATION: Executive, Adult management teams, Juvenile officers and team mentors, Lotto, Ladies Football,


Google: Tramore GAA Development, Social Events, Merchandise, Celebrity Bainisteoir (2012), Photos and Videos, Astroturf Calender. SCHOOLS: Strong links with Tramore CBS since club’s foundation. Reports from School’s matches included. MAIN SPONSORS: Quish’s Super Value Tramore. CLUB INFORMATION: Membership and Registration Forms, Injury Claims Forms, Challenge Games Authorisation Forms, Club Code of Conduct, Competition Calendar and Results and Reports. COACHING: List of training drills, including wall ball drills. ROLL OF HONOUR: Senior Football County Champions: 1969: Tramore 2-8; Kill 0-8. 1971: Tramore 5-8; John Mitchels 2-4. 1984: Tramore 1-9; Ballinameela 0-4. ROLL OF HONOUR: Google 40th anniversary 2012 Tramore Juvenile GAA Club. Excellent presentation by Bill Colfer.

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FORDE’S DAYBREAK FORECAST CORNER Shane Favin’s Success Rate: 24 forecasts, 18 Correct; 6 incorrect; success rate 75%. This Week’s Forecaster: Willie Barron, Ardmore. NFL: 6 Games: Dublin, Cork, Waterford, Wicklow, Leitrim, Clare. U-21 Football: 1 Game: De La Salle. Minor Football: 2 games: Ballinacourty, Gaultier. U-16 Football: 11 games: Ballinacourty, Nire, Dungarvan, Rathgormack, Tramore, An Ghaeltacht, St. Pat’s, Clashmore, Tramore, Kilrossanty, An Ghaeltacht. To Date: 122 Forecasts, 73 correct, 46 incorrect, 3 drawn. Success Rate: 59.8%. LEADING FORECASTER: Shane Flavin 75%

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Teams of Times Gone By Year: 1940. Team: Waterford NHL. Opposition: Limerick (1939 All Ireland Champions). Date: October 6th. Venue: Gaelic Field Waterford. Score: Limerick 3-3; Waterford 3-2. Referee: P. Barden (Hugginstown, Kilkenny). Jim Ware (Erins Own); M. Regan (Tallow), C. Curley (Tallow), P. Bluett (Portlaw); P. Daly (Dungarvan), J. Keane (Mount Sion), P. Dowling (Mt Sion); M. Hickey (Portlaw), J Rheinish (Army); W. Barron (Dungarvan), J. Doyle (Portlaw), J. Jacques (St. Stephens); J. Mountain (Dungarvan), D. Goode (Dungarvan), A. Fleming (Mount Sion). Subs: S. Hetherington (St. Stephens), G. O’Grady (St. Stephens), P. O’Connor (Mount Sion), J. Duggan (Lismore), J. Ryan (Ballymacarbry).

from Kill GAA Club ON Friday morning, 21st March the lights went out on one of Kill’s brightest stars of the 60’s and 70’s as the great Ackie Lennon passed to his eternal reward a short battle with an illness bourne with great dignity and courage. Such was Ackie’s popularity that his funeral was one of the largest seen in Kill as past opponents came from all over the county and beyond. It all began for Ackie, like most of the Kill team of the 60’s in the local National School where Principal Dan O’Brien, (a diehard Kerryman) trained and coached all these young boys to become stars within the county. Mr O’Brien lived and breathed football and Ackie was no different. At the time Dick Fitzgerald wrote a book “How to play Gaelic Football” and both subscribed to this version. Success came early as in 1957 & ’59 Kill won the County & City Football League and by 1962 Ackie had won his place on the Waterford minor football team. During that year he was drafted by the selectors onto the Kill senior team and showing a savage will to win and determination that characterised his career, he won

his first of 4 senior medals later that year, in Kill’s historic breakthrough season. That No. 7 jersey was owned by Ackie for the next 15 years and while he did occasionally play in midfield, he was most comfortable in that left half back position. Some say he was ahead of his time as his attacking prowess, link play and determination was something to behold. While we all know of the 3in-a-row exploits, the middle year was to prove special for Ackie as he captained and led by example in the ’67 defeat of the Mitchells after a replay. At this stage Ackie was a regular in the Waterford Senior team since 1963, and while he wore No. 7 for Kill he made his name on the opposite wing for the county. During his 13 year tenure with the Deise his greatest performance came in Fermoy in 1972 where All Star Kevin Ger O’Sullivan was replaced after Waterford came perilously close to upsetting Cork in the Munster Championship. During those days we played in Division 1 of the league and he came across the likes of Brendan Lynch (Kerry), Tom Naughton (Galway) and Johnny Cooney (Offaly) where Ackie

more than held his own. On the local front Justin Spratt (Brickeys), Jim Rooney (Ardmore), Michael Power (Tramore) and Snail Power (John Mitchells) were his biggest foes. How ironic that on Sunday at his funeral mass news also broke of Snail’s death and we send our sympathies to his family and former teammates. Foes they might have been on the field of play, but after the whistle was gone, Ackie was a sportsman supreme and as I stated earlier they travelled from The Nire across to Ardmore to the barony of Gaultier to pay tribute to the man. He was no bad hurler either and in 1966 he won a junior hurling county medal with the club and added an intermediate eastern and county medal with Ballydurn in 1971 (Kill had no hurling team). When he retired in 1977 he had these to add to his 4 Senior medals and 4 Phelan Cup medals. Four years later in 1981, in Dublin’s Mansion House, he added an All-Ireland medal as Kill’s Novelty Act team took the honours in the Scor finals. He continued to be involved with the club at committee level, and was a great

fundraiser or anything to do with finance. It didn’t end there, as on countless occasions he provided his tractor for the club and anything else that was required. A dairy farmer by trade, this was shortly curtailed in 1991 after a farm accident. Like his football career he showed great determination to battle the odds and in the year 2000 he got a great boost as he was one of 3 Kill men to be selected on the Waterford Football Team of the Millennium at right half back. Last Sunday, Ackie made his final journey from his home in Carrigeen to Kill, where past and present members of the club carried his remains, flanked by a guard of honour to the church. We extend our sympathies to his wife Patricia; daughters Helen and Karen; sons Richard and Anton; sons-inlaw Mattie and Noel; daughter-in-law Chris; brother Tom; sister Mary, relatives and friends. The Iron Man from Rathanny will never be forgotten by his beloved club, An Chill. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

GAA Coaching & Games Development CARRIGANORE BLITZES APRIL In April we will have an U-8 & U-10 Hurling blitz in Carriganore. U-8 will take place Sat., 12th April & U-10 on Sat., 26th April. The U-8 blitz will be part of the National Go Games week where a Go Games blitz will take place in every county in the country during that week along with a Croke Park blitz. All clubs are asked to attend the U-8 blitz as part of the National Go Games week programme.

EASTER PROGRAMMES Across the county we have a number of programmes planned for Easter holidays. In Walsh Park from Tuesday 15th – Thursday 17th there is U-12 Hurling Coaching programme in place. In Fraher Field on the same dates we have a Teen Programme in place. Full details of both have been sent to all clubs in the county and bookings are being accepted now. For further details please contact John Quinn for U-12 & Michelle Power for Teen

Programme. KELLOGG’S GAA CUL CAMPS The application forms for the Kellogg’s GAA Cul Camps will be sent to all clubs and schools in the coming fortnight. Online bookings will be available from 31st March for those who wish to book online at: We have 37 camps in Waterford this year and hope to have another great summer of camps. We will be announcing some new initiatives in the

coming month as part of the promotion of the camps HURLEY/HELMET SUBSIDY 2014 NOW AVAILABLE TO CLUBS Clubs can avail of the 2014 Hurley/Helmet Subsidy and make orders on helmets. All helmets will be subsidized by €10 and clubs will receive a rebate of €5 per hurley once invoices are paid to hurley maker in full and copies received by Coaching & Games. Application forms and information letters have been sent to all club secretaries.

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Gaelic Jottings National Football League

On Inter-County duty

WATERFORD lost out to Wicklow on Sunday last in Aughrim by 8 points on a 2-14 to 0-12 scoreline. This was a disappointing result as they had recorded a good win over Leitrim two week’s previously. Results Antrim 3-15; London 1-10. Tipperary 5-16; Leitrim 0-16. Clare 3-21; Carlow 2-10. Wicklow 2-14; Waterford 0-12. The final round of games in this year’s league will take place on Sunday next with the following fixtures: Waterford v Carlow at Fraher Field; Antrim v. Clare; London v. Leitrim; Tipperary v. Wicklow. Throw-in at 3 p.m. P.S.: Clare are already promoted to Division 2

WATERFORD referee Thomas Walsh has been appointed to take charge of the Cork v Kerry Munster MHC game at Pairc Ui Rinn on Wednesday, April 9th at 6.45 p.m. This will be his first InterCounty championship game having officiated at a number of Provincial u-16 and u-17 blitzes as well as a number of underage games, including minor County finals in Waterford.

NHL Semi-Final Pairings THE pairings for the Allianz National Hurling League Division 1 semi-finals are as follows: Quarter-final Results Galway 1-20; Limerick 1-12. Clare 2-23; Laois 2-19. Kilkenny 4-22; Wexford 2-16. Tipperary 3-25; Cork 4-19. The semi-finals will be played on Sunday, April 20th.

Boost for Ruislip THE Ruislip GAA Grounds in London is to receive major government funding towards its redevelopment. The Emigrant support Programme of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is to make a grant of €600,000 available. This represents 12.5% of the overall cost of the project which will see the venue developed into a top class facility. Further grants totalling €45,000 have been announced towards the growth of GAA Clubs around the world.

Leinster U-21 FC final

U-8 and U-10 players from Clashmore/Kinsalebeg, Sacred Heart, Clonea, Mt. Sion and Fourmilewater played exhibition hurling games at halftime in Walsh Park on Sunday last. It was great to see these players enjoying themselves and displaying their skills.

O’MOORE Park, Portlaoise, will be the venue for this evening’s (Wednesday) Cadbury’s U-21 FC Leinster Final between Dublin and Meath with a 7.30 p.m. throw-in. The counties failed to work out a home and away arrangement with Dublin claiming Parnell Park would not be available if they won the toss. The County Board is it is believed carrying out remedial work on the playing surface as well as repairing the floodlights. It is Meath’s first final appearance since 2001 while the Dubs are reigning champions.

Phelan Cup SFL

Scór na bPáistí

THE second round of game in the county senior football league will take place this coming Saturday, April 5th at 7 p.m. In Group 1, St. Saviours host Stradbally, Kilrossanty welcome Ballinacourty to Lemybrien while De La Salle will have Ardmore as visitors to Gracedieu. Meanwhile, in Group 1, Clashmore face a long trip to play Gaultier with two local derby encounters when An Rinn host Ballinameela and Rathgormack have the Nire as visitors.

IT will be full house signs up early in Cappoquin Community Centre on Saturday evening next as the County Scór na bPáistí finals will be staged there commencing at 6.00 p.m. There were record entries at the three semifinals held over the last two weekends in Modeligo, Ballymacarbry and Knockanore. This year also saw a number of new clubs taking part including Passage from the East division. Alas, they were the only club from the East which is most disappointing. The standard in all competitions was very high, so it should be a night of top class entertainment in Cappoquin on Saturday night.

Go Games

Munster MHC REIGNING All-Ireland minor hurling champions Waterford open the defence of their title on Wednesday night of next week i.e. April 9th when they play Clare in Cusack Park, Ennis. The team have prepared well for this game playing challenge games against Cork, Dublin, Wexford, Limerick and others as the management team leave no stone unturned in order to have the team ready. An injury to Colm Roche (Shamrocks) in a recent challenge game against a County U-21 selection is a major concern to manager Derek Lyons and his co-selectors. The other first round games are Cork v. Kerry and Limerick v. Tipperary.

Hooter put on hold THE introduction of the clock and hooter system which was set to revolutionise time keeping in the GAA has been deferred for a year. Central Council have indicated that rule changes will be required to ensure its smooth operation and that these changes will have to come before Congress in 2015. The system was used during the recent Sigerson and Fitzgibbon Cup competi-

tions but concerns were expressed around the use of substitutes to run down the clock. It is expected that further experiments will take place during the year.

between St. Kieran’s and CBS will take place in Nowlan Park this Saturday evening at 5 p.m. The CBS lost out to Dungarvan Colleges in last year’s decider.

Cavan to host Congress

GAA Beo LIVE Game: Dublin v Tyrone. Deferred game: Kerry v Cork.

Laochra Gael: Eddie and Willie O’Connor, Kilkenny.

Scor na Seachtaine CARTHACH Barry’s goal for Brickey Rangers in the fist half of the local derby minor football versus Dungarvan last Sunday morning.

THE 2015 annual GAA Congress will be hosted by the Cavan County Board and take place in the Slieve Russell Hotel, in Ballyconnell. The annual gathering of GAA officials from around the Country will see Cavan native Aogán O Fearghail inaugurated as Uachtarán for three years. In 2013, Central Council took the decision, that where possible Congress would take place in the home county of the new incumbent. The 2016 and 2017 Congress will take place in Croke Park.

Champions dethroned ALL-IRELAND U-21 football champions Galway were dramatically dumped out of this year’s championship at Connacht semi-final stage by Leitrim. The rank outsiders had a 0-9 to 0-8 win to set-up a Connacht final meeting with Roscommon. Leitrim’s opponents had a 1-12 to 1-10 victory over Sligo and will be appearing in their fifth final in-a-row.

Aileen Lawlor, Centre, President of the Camogie Association, pictured with delegates from Co. Waterford; Jo Jo Tobin, left, and Anne-Marie O'Gorman at the Camogie Association Annual Congress 2014 in the Armagh City Hotel, Co. Armagh. [Caroline Quinn]

Hurling review WATERFORD’S Paul Flynn has been named as a member of the newly formed hurling review committee. Former Tipperary manager Liam Sheedy will chair the committee and the members include Michael Duignan, Ollie Moran, Ollie Canning, Des Cullinane, Pat Henderson, Terence McNaughton and Veronica Curtin. The committee will look at the current structures of both the league and championship as well as disciplinary matters amongst others. No doubt Kilkenny’s Eddie Keher will make a submission regarding getting rid of yellow and red cards as he had been very outspoken on this subject in recent times.

Brigid Wilkinson and Stephen Scanlon, pictured at the function in Lismore House Hotel to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Tourin team winning the county junior hurling title in 1963. [Dan McGrath/Editorial Images]

Colleges Hurling Final at Fraher Field THE Shandon Road venue hosted the All-Ireland Colleges Junior (A) HC final on Saturday afternoon last. In opposition were Kilkenny CBS and Midleton CBS with the Leinster champions coming out on top by 1-7 to 0-7 in a game played in atrocious conditions with driving wind and rain. The winners led by 1-7 to 0-2 at the break. The victorious joint captains were presented with the Niall McInerney Cup by Jerome Conway, Chairman National Post Primary Schools Committee in the presence of Dr. Mary McInerney; Waterford Referee Paul Foley was linesman for the game. Meanwhile, the all Kilkenny Croke Cup Senior (A) Colleges HC final

Dani, Ali and Rachel Stuart with Scoil Mochuda's School Principal Ms. Dineen with the four camogie cups. Rachel also had the honour of playing the mini-games at half-time in Croke Park on March 2nd.



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Nire going nicely as they lead the league table DIVISION 1 Nire …………………...3-16; Tramore ………………. 0-0. THIS was a mis-match of the highest order in Ballymac last Sunday as Tramore were a pale shadow of the team that defeated Ballinacourty the previous week. On the other hand, Nire continue to impress and they deservingly top the table with one round of games to play. Cian Boyle (2) and Shane O’Meara were their goal scorers while Gearoid Hearn kicked over 0-5. The half-time score was 1-10 to 0-0. This big win will keep Nire on top of the table on scoring difference. Nire: Shane Mullins; Tom Barron, Jack Guiry, Jake Mulcahy; Ciaran Walsh, Conor Gleeson, Stephen Ryan 0-1; Liam Cooney 0-1, Ciaran Looney 0-2; Dylan Guiry 0-2, Gearoid Hearn 0-5, Shane O’Meara 1-3; Cian Boyle 2-1, Cormac Kelly, Darragh Morrissey 0-1. Subs: Ciaran Ryan, Tholm Guiry, Glen Cullinane. Tramore: Cian Connor; James Connolly, Adam Murray-

Farrell, Sam O’Shea; Rob O’Connor, Conor Lynch, Jack Cullen; Evan Connor, Warren Vereker; Seanie Martin, Niall Kennedy, David Hartery; Joshua Malone, Alan Lennon, Charlie Kelly. Referee: John Condon (An Rinn).

BALLINACOURTY BACK ON TRACK FOLLOWING a slip up last week away to Tramore, Ballinacourty overcame a potential tricky assignment against De La Salle in the Burgery Grounds last Sunday morning. Short the services of the injured David Looby, the home team rose to the challenge and they well deserved their double score victory 0-12 to 0-6. Stephen Cliffe was the winners’ top scorer on 0-5, Conor McCarthy kicked 0-3, Jack Duggan 0-2 and sub Eoin Kiely 0-1. Ballinacourty: Kevin Dwane; Conor Brennan, Ronan Mansfield, Conor McCarthy; Ruairi Conway, John Elsted, Cormac Dwyer; Conor Prunty, Eoin O’Dwyer; Stephen Cliffe,

Jack Duggan, Conor McCarthy; Anthony Fitzgerald, Jamie Joyce, Mikey Coleman. Subs : Darragh Smyth, Eoin Kiely, Laurence Power, Killian Momks, Ben Mulligan. Referee: Alan Kissane (Dunhill).

SECOND HALF RALLY QUALIFIES DUNGARVAN Dungarvan …………… 5-4; Brickeys …………….... 2-7. BRICKEYS deservingly led this game at half time by 2-5 to 0-2, having played some excellent football resulting in two fine goals by Carthach Barry and James Cotter and it was hard to see a way back for the home team at this stage. However, a number of interval switches, including the introduction of Darragh Lyons and centre back Aaron Donnolly moving to the number 11 spot turned this game on its head. Goals by Donnolly (2), Lyons (2) and influential midfielder Joe Allen sent the Blues into the quarter finals which looked far from likely when half the

Dungarvan: Brendan Cullinane; John Havens, Donnachadha Kirwan, Conor Donovan; John Curran, Aaron Donnolly 2-0, Mark Boland; Joe Allen 1-2, Aidan Kirwan; Shaun Murray, Glen Waters 0-1, Jack Lacey; Sean Crotty 0-1, Luke Rossiter, Conor Hayes. Subs: Peter Queally, Darragh Lyons 20, Luke O’Callaghan, Conor Duggan. Brickeys: John Blackwell; Jonathon O’Hanlon, Dylan O’Donovan, Conor Whelan; Cathal Curran, Kieran O’Neill, Darragh O’Grady; Shane Nugent, Cormac Curran; Carthach Barry 1-1, Conor Morrissey 0-2, Darragh Herlihy 0-2; Paul Whelan 0-1, Ryan O’Neill, James Cotter 1-1. Sub: Niall Blackwell. Referee: Martin Curran (Seana Phobail).

HIGH SCORING STRADBALLY WIN Stradbally ……………1-19; Gaultier ……………….. 2-3. THE previous week Stradbally scored 2-13 but were still defeated by De La Salle (5-8 to 2-13) but on this occasion there was no doubt about their win as they

inflicted a 0-13 defeat on a capable Gaultier fifteen. The Reds have been unlucky in many of their games to date, losing some by very small margins and even if they don’t make the semi finals, they have more than held their own in this Division. Stradbally: Martin Roche; Jack Navin, Mark Walsh, Nicky Power; Ciaran Cusack, Darren McGuckian, Ger Crowley; Daniel Weldon, Jack Mullaney; Michael Ahearn, Michael Sweeney, Stephen Keane; Sean Barry, Paul Tobin, Cormack Gough. Subs: Alex Pollock, Thomas Shaw Hamilton.

DIVISION 2 RATHGORMACK STAY IN CONTENTION Rathgormack ………..1-12; Ardmore …………….... 2-7. WITH both St. Saviours and Ardmore losing out last week end, Rathgormack kept their championship hopes alive with a 0-2 win away last Sunday morning. The sides were level 2-2 to 1-5 at half time but the visitors edged the second thirty minutes by 0-7 to 0-5. James Kennedy

and David Walsh rattled the net for the home team while Rathgormack full forward Pat Whyte (1-3) and Gavin Sheehan (0-4) were the top marksmen for the winners. Rathgormack: Michael Hassett, Adam Nugent, Declan Hennebry, Thomas Kennedy; Michael Behan, Eoin Bray, Liam Connolly; Brian Connolly 0-2, Aaron Power 0-1; Patrick Hahessy, Daniel Crotty 0-2, Daniel Hassett; Aaron Hassett, Pat Whyte 1-3, Gavin Sheehan 0-4. Subs: Donnacha Hassett, Conor Mulligan, Ben Kennedy. Ardmore: James Veale; Eoghan O Shea, Eoin Conway, James Flavin; Sean Veale, Declan Fitzgerald, Richard Carroll; William Barron, Charlie Bryan 0-2; Gareth Williams, James Kennedy 1-2, John O’Brien; William Power, Stephen Keating 0-2, David Walsh 1-1. Referee: Pat Walsh (Nire).

CLASHMORE RECORD SECOND WIN Clashmore/Kinsalebeg ..1-13; St. Dominicks ………….... 0-6. THE home team proved too strong for the St. Saviours/ Sacred Heart combination last weekend and after lead-

ing by 0-6 to 0-3 at the half way stage, they pulled clear for a second win that keeps alive their chances of making the semi finals. Clashmore had seven different scorers with Eoin Coughlan (1-2), Dean Russell (0-3) and Dean O’Brien, Adam Sullivan and Edmond O’Halloran raising two white flags each. Jack Flavin was the visitors top scorer with 0-4. Clashmore /Kinsalebeg: Ian Burke; Alan McCarthy, Thomas Ryan, Conor Lynch; Jack Foley, Daniel O’Neill, Jack Donovan; Dean O’Brien 0-2, Adam Curley; Patrick Prendergast 0-1, Edmond O’Halloran 0-2, Dean Russell 0-3; Robbie Deady, Eoin Coughlan 1-2, Adam O’Sullivan 0-2. Subs: Aidan Keating, Brian Lynch, Niall Buckley 0-1.

Referee: Pat Walsh (Nire). WALK OVERS Division 2: Clan Na Gael to Cois Bhride. Roanmore to St. Olivers. Division 3: Ferrybank to Kilmacthomas. Portlaw to St. Mary’s.


GAA League Tables J. J. KAVANAGH & SONS MINOR FOOTBALL DIVISION ONE P W D L F Again. Diff. Pts The Nire 6 4 0 2 93 46 47 8 Ballinacourty 5 4 0 1 62 37 25 8 Dungarvan 6 4 0 2 68 56 12 8 De La Salle 6 3 0 3 73 78 -5 6 Stradbally 5 2 0 3 96 63 33 4 Brickey Rangers 6 2 0 4 54 73 -19 4 Gaultier GAA Club 5 2 0 3 42 70 -28 4 Tramore 5 1 0 4 21 86 -65 2 J. J. KAVANAGH & SONS MINOR FOOTBALL DIVISION 2 P W D L F Again. Diff. Pts Cois Bhride 5 5 0 0 45 36 9 10 St. Oliver's 6 4 0 2 56 54 2 8 Rathgormack 4 3 0 1 47 35 12 6 Ardmore 5 3 0 2 54 43 11 6 Clashmore/Kinsalebeg 4 2 0 2 70 48 22 4 St. Saviour's 4 2 0 2 44 51 -7 4 Roanmore 6 1 0 5 22 22 0 2 Clan na Gael 6 0 0 6 31 80 -49 0 J. J. KAVANAGH & SONS MINOR FOOTBALL DIVISION 3 - GROUP 2 P W D L F Again. Diff. Pts Kilmacthomas 4 4 0 0 89 15 74 8 Ferrybank 4 3 0 1 28 24 4 6 Mt. Sion 4 2 0 2 41 34 7 4 St. Mary's Juvenile 4 1 0 3 27 76 -49 2 Portlaw 4 0 0 4 3 39 -36 0 CHL - SARGENT CUP - GROUP 1 P W D L F Again. Diff. Pts Ballygunner 1 1 0 0 26 6 20 2 Mt. Sion 1 1 0 0 11 8 3 2 Ballyduff Upper 1 1 0 0 13 12 1 2 Roanmore 1 0 0 1 12 13 -1 0 Lismore 1 0 0 1 8 11 -3 0 Fourmilewater 1 0 0 1 6 26 -20 0 CHL - SARGENT CUP - GROUP 2 P W D L F Again. Diff. Pts De La Salle 1 1 0 0 19 7 12 2 Abbeyside 1 1 0 0 22 15 7 2 Passage 1 1 0 0 19 18 1 2 Dungarvan 1 0 0 1 18 19 -1 0 Tallow 1 0 0 1 15 22 -7 0 Ardmore 1 0 0 1 7 19 -12 0 TONY KIRWAN PLANT HIRE EASTERN FOOTBALL LEAGUE P W D L F Again. Diff. Pts Bunmahon 4 4 0 0 61 31 30 8 Kill 4 3 1 0 52 40 12 7 Portlaw 3 2 0 1 53 34 19 4 John Mitchels 3 2 0 1 14 26 -12 4 Tramore 4 1 1 2 26 35 -9 3 Kilmacthomas 5 1 0 4 52 55 -3 2 Newtown 3 1 0 2 22 25 -3 2 Rathgormack 2 1 0 1 1 17 -16 2 Gaultier GAA Club 4 0 0 4 30 48 -18 0 WESTERN INTERMEDIATE HURLING LEAGUE GROUP 1 P W D L F Again. Diff. Pts Colligan 1 1 0 0 19 11 8 2 Tourin 1 1 0 0 16 8 8 2 Brickey Rangers 1 1 0 0 14 13 1 2 St. Mary's 1 0 0 1 13 14 -1 0 Ballinameela 1 0 0 1 8 16 -8 0 Ballysaggart 1 0 0 1 11 19 -8 0 WESTERN INTERMEDIATE HURLING LEAGUE GROUP 2 P W D L F Again. Diff. Pts Modeligo 1 1 0 0 20 10 10 2 Cappoquin 1 1 0 0 11 9 2 2 Shamrocks 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 Stradbally 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 Geraldines 1 0 0 1 9 11 -2 0 Clashmore/Kinsalebeg 1 0 0 1 10 20 -10 0

game was played.

County champions Passage off to winning start Passage ……………..3-11; Dungarvan …………. 2-12. COUNTY champions Passage got their competitive year off to a winning start at home last Saturday afternoon with a 0-1 win over Dungarvan in a very competitive game of hurling. Playing with the wind in the first half, Dungarvan led by 1-8 to 1-5 at the break with their goal coming direct from a free by Cathal Curran while Sean Hogan struck a well taken goal for the winners. The game was decided in the first five minutes of the second half when Joseph McClean and Jamie Burke struck for goals for the County champions to lead by 3-6 to 1-8. Freetakers Eoin Connors and Cathal Curran traded second half points and when Sean Ryan scored a 52nd minute goal for the visitors to leave just one point between the teams (3-9 to 2-11), it was nip and tuck for the remainder of the hour. Man of the Match: Eoin Connors. Passage: Eddie Lynch; Jason Flood, Mark Wyse, Joey Upton; Mitchell Baldwin, Stephen Mason, Jason Roche; Eoin Connors 0-8, Killian Fitzgerald 0-1, Joseph McClean 1-0; Jamie Burke 1-1, Conor Carey, Sean Hogan 1-0. Dungarvan: Darren Duggan; Aaron Donnolly, Kevin Daly, Derek Barry, Conor Sheridan, Shane Kearney, Michael Power; Karl Duggan, Sean Ryan 1-0; Cormac Curran 0-3, Liam Ryan, Cathal Curran 1-6; Gavin Power, Gavin Crotty 0-2, Michael Kiely 0-1. Subs: Rian Crotty, John Havens. Referee: Michael O’Brien (Portlaw).

HOLDERS ADVANCE Mount Sion …………0-11; Lismore ………………..0-8. WINNERS in the final in

Cappoquin last year against Abbeyside, Mt. Sion advanced to the next round of the Sargent Cup by virtue of an improved second half performance. Playing at home, Lismore led at half time by 0-5 to 0-2 with scores from Eoin Bennett, John Prendergast and Peter O’Keefe on frees. Four points from veteran Tony Browne and two a piece from Michael Gaffney and Sub Richie Roche edged the visitors in front to maintain their interest in this year’s competition. Mt. Sion: Shane Forristal; Mark Hoban, Peter Penkert, Craig Savauge; Christopher Ryan, Owen Whelan, Stephen O’Neill; Kenny Stafford, Aaron Coady 0-1; Richard Murphy, Michael Gaffney 0-2, Tony Browne 0-4; Martin O’Neill 0-1, Gavin Carroll 0-1, Jordan Broaders. Subs: Richie Roche 0-2, Ross O’Keeffe, Robert Bresnan, Eoin McGrath. Lismore: Seanie Barry; Shane Heaphy, David Howard, Paul Fennessy; Philip O’Keeffe 0-1, Brendan Landers 0-1, Stevie Barry; Brian Barry, John Prendergast 0-2; Dan Shanahan, Eoin Bennett 0-2, Jordan Shanahan; Peter O’Keeffe 0-2, Stephen O’Keeffe, John Heneghan. Subs: Paudie Coleman, Mark Landers, Pat Hennessy. Referee: Pat Casey (Cappoquin).

EASY WIN FOR BALLYGUNNER Ballygunner …………0-26; Fourmilewater ……… 0-6. BALLYGUNNER scored a comfortable away win over Fourmilewater in Ballymac last Saturday afternoon and going on their recent good form in the St. Molleran’s Tournament it is clear that they are very well organised at this early stage of the year even though they are without

their County players. The half-time score here was 0-14 to 0-6. Ballygunner: Paddy Cooke; Robbie Cunningham, Stephen O’Keeffe, Vinny Molloy; Sean O’Sullivan, Paul Coughlan, Gary Molloy; Harley Barnes, David O’Sullivan; Tommy Power, Barry O’Sullivan, David Walsh; Conor Power, Stephen Power, Tim O’Sullivan. Subs: Gary Bambrick, Tom Mullalley, Niall Clifford. Fourmilewater: Brendan Lawlor; Justin Walsh, J. P. Fitzgerald, Jack Guiry; Shane Lawlor, Liam Lawlor, Aidan Condon; Seamus Lawlor, Darren Guiry; Martin Walsh, Shane Ryan, Gearoid Hearne, Diarmuid Wall; David Prendergast, Dermot Murphy. Referee: Martin Curran (Seana Phobail).

WINNING START FOR THE VILLAGE Abbeyside ………… 2-16; Tallow ……………… 0-15. PLAYING at home, Abbeyside got their hurling year off to a winning start with a deserved 0-7 win over Tallow last Wednesday evening. First half goals by David Collins and goalie Stephen Enright helped the winners to a 2-8 to 0-7 at the interval with both sides scoring 0-8 each in the second half. Abbeyside: Stephen Enright 1-0; Shane O’Donovan, Sean O’Hare, Brian Looby; John Power, James O’Mahony, John Hurney; Shane Crotty 0-2, Mark Gorman 0-3; Gavin Breen, Mark Ferncombe 0-4, Mark Fives 0-1; David Collins 1-0, Patrick Hurney 0-1, Tiarnan Murray 0-4. Subs: Stephen Cliffe 0-1, Jack Duggan, Ross Dunford. Tallow: Kieran Geary 0-2; Mark O Brien, David O’Brien, Kenneth Geary; Kevin O’Brien, Aidan Kearney, Jake Beecher; William Curley 0-1, Michael Curley; William Henley 0-1, Paul O Brien 0-10, Stefan Tobin 0-1;

Jack Tobin, Bob McCarthy, Alan Curley. Referee: Thomas Walsh (Fourmilewater).

AWAY WIN FOR DE LA SALLE De La Salle …………2-13; Ardmore ………………0-7. CITY team De La Salle, made the long journey to Ardmore a worthwhile one last Saturday when they scored a good win over the local side. The winners led by 2-4 to 0-5 at half-time with their goals being scored by Dylan Foley and Thomas Kearney. Kenny Murphy and David Gartland kept the scoreboard ticking for Ardmore early on but De La Salle had the better of the second half which they won by 0-9 to 0-2. De La Salle: Kyle Sinnot; Jeff Cahill, David Sutton, Paddy Kennedy; Evan Whelan, Kenneth Burns, Patrick Flynn; Tom Moran 0-1, David Green 0-1; Jamie Sage 0-4, Thomas Kearney 1-0, Dylan Foley 1-1; Mark Joy Kinsella 0-2, Barry Twomey 0-2, Colm Morris 0-2. Ardmore: David Power; Adrian O’Donnell, Conor O’Shea, Daniel Power; Gavin Williams, Declan Prendergast 0-1, Niall Hennessy; Kenny Murphy 0-2, David Gartland 0-3; Tom Power, James Salmon 0-1, Cathal Hennessy; Richard Stilwell, Christopher Power, Dylan Troy. Referee: John Condon (An Rinn).

CASEY GOALS GIVE BALLYSAGGART VICTORY Ballyduff Upper ............ 2-7; Roanmore .......................1-9. A BRACE of first half Kevin Casey goals saw Ballyduff make a winning start to their league campaign in Ballyduff on Saturday night. In a game played in atrocious conditions, the home side led at

the break by 2-4 to 0-6. Roanmore were too dependant on David Barrett for their opening half scores and he recorded four in the first half. The home side stretched their lead on the restart with points from John Twomey and Mikey Kearney (free) to open up a six point advantage. The Ballyduff defence denied David Barrett a goal from a 20 metre free in the 35th minute with the rebound coming off the upright. Roanmore thanks to Cian Chester had the goal they deserved 10 minutes into the second period to leave only a goal between the sides, 2-6 to 1-6. Daniel Murphy had a point before Mikey Kearney restored Ballyduff’s three points lead with 10 minutes remaining. A brace of pointed frees from David Barrett in the 51st and 58th saw the visitors cut the lead in the minimum but they could not breach the home defence for an equalising score. Scorers: Ballyduff: K. Casey 2-0, Mikey Kearney 0-4, J. Kearney, J. Twomey and Shane Hannon (0-1) each. Roanmore: D. Barrett 0-6, C. Chester 1-1, D. Murphy 0-2. Ballyduff: K. Martin: D. McDonagh, Tom Feeney, Maurice McNamara, Michael Kearney, Seamus Hannon, C. Leamy, Tommy Feeney, J. Twomey, Shane Hannon, J. Kearney, B. Kearney, K. Casey, S. Kearney, Mikey Kearney. Subs: M. Feeney for Tommy Feeney; K. Geary for Twomey. Roanmore: K. Hammersley; T. O’Brien, E. Carew, J. Chester; L. O’Mahoney, C. Burke, r. Connolly; E. Power, D. Murphy; T. Aldridge, S. Grant, E. O’Toole; P. O’Toole, D. Barrett, S. Nolan. Subs: D. Hayes for Burke; J. Tebay for Nolan. Referee: T. O’Sullivan (Cappoquin).


Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 4 April, 2014


Waterford County Camogie

Waterford regains Munster U-16 championship WATERFORD U-16s played Cork in Cashel at 5 pm on Sunday afternoon in the Munster final of the U-16 championship. Waterford were reigning champions having beaten Cork last year in the final. The team excelled on this occasion and retained the U-16B title. Great credit has to be given to Beth Carton who was awarded the Player of the Match but credit must also be given to the rest of the team for the performance on the day. The team won this Munster title by 1-11 to 0-5. The U-16 squad team were: Brianna O’Regan, Sinead O’Brien, Laura

Murray, Aoife Shanahan, Caoimhe Drohan, Courtney Healy, Saoirse Bonner, Megan Dunford, Siebal Harney, Kate McGrath, Beth Carton, Ashling Power (Captain), Niamh Murphy, Kate McMahon, Anne Corcoran, Clodagh Galvin, Sinead Cunningham, Roisin Uniacke, Collette Hogan, Taylor Healy, Rachel McDonald, Sharon Williams, Saoirse English, Catherine Murray, Roisin Oates, Sally Brown, Chloe Dempsey, Ellen Curran.

U-14s After the past few weeks at U-14 County trials, the panel were selected and introduced to competitive juvenile Inter-County competition. Although, only a challenge match the entire panel were given

the opportunity to play and represent their county. Some of these players were on Waterford's U-14 All Ireland blitz winning team from last year and an influx of new girls to this level of competition. The match was against a Cork selection and played in Ballynoe in County Cork at 10 am. The start of summer-time meant that some of the players especially those in the Eastern part of the County had a very early start in order to make the match. A big thank you to parents and mentors for helping with transport. After a very tricky start the Waterford team imposed them-

selves on the Cork team and an impressive forward display from Kaiesha Tobin where she scored 3 goals in the first half. Waterford other scorers in the first half were Annie Fitzgerald (1-0), Aisling Baumann, Aisling Madigan and Kate Lynch all with 1 pt each. Waterford went in leading Cork by 4-3 to 2-2. The start of the second half saw some positional and personnel changes to give an opportunity for all players to get game time. Cork came out the stronger and scored a total of 2-2 while Waterford were restricted to a solitary goal from Keeley Corbett-Barry.

As this was a challenge match, both sets of mentors agreed to a further 25 minutes of play to get the best opportunity to see there respective players perform. In this additional time Waterford scored a total of 2-4 without reply. Waterford scorers were Aisling Madigan with a further 1-2, Annie Fitzgerald with a further 1-1 and a point from Eimear Foran although the Katie O'Keeffe in goal and backs such as Leah Barry and Shauna Fitzgerald were excellent in dealing with threats to the Waterford goal. The U-14 panel were: Ciara Kilcawley, Mary Kiely, Aoife O’Neill, Ciara Curran, Aoife Hahessy, Keeley

Corbett-Barry, Megan O’Connor, Katie O’Keeffe, Aisling Madigan, Alix Fitzgerald, Kaiesha Tobin, Aisling Baumann, Shauna Fitzgerald, Kate Lynch, Ciara O’Sullivan, Emma Flynn, Annie Fitzgerald, Leah Sheridan, Mary O’Brien, Mary Kate Curran, Margaret Ann Boylan, Laura Phelan, Eimear Foran, Aoife Fleming, Emma Norris, Clara Griffin, Muireann Cuddihy, Leah Barry and Sally Kelly.

SENIOR LEAGUES This past week-end saw the start of the Senior leagues. It was weekend that saw the home sides prevail with St. Annes beating Gaultier on a score of 5-14 to 4-4 and An Rinn beat Brickey Rangers by 1-4 to 0-3.

Waterford U-16 Captain Ashling Power receiving Cup from Eamon Browne.

Waterford u-16 players Beth Carton receiving player of match.

Waterford Under 16 camogie team - Munster Champions.


Evenly balanced at Bushy Park Brickeys …………….0-14; St. Mary’s ……………1-10. JUNIOR side St. Mary’s gave Brickeys a run for their money in Bushy Park last Saturday afternoon with the minimum separating the teams after a close contest. The sides were level at the break 0-8 to 1-5 with the Touraneena goal coming from the hurl of Aidan Fitzpatrick. Though losing out here St. Marys will be happy with their performance as will the winners, no doubt, as 0-13 of their total came from play. Back from foreign shores, JJ Coffey was the game’s top scorer with 0-7 to his credit and his return is a major boost for St. Mary’s this year in both codes. Brickeys: Jamie Kiely; Kevin McCarthy, Mark Cummins, Jack O’Donnell; Carthach Shalloe, Philip Walsh, Tommy Landers; Mark Scanlon, Chris Morrissey; Cormac O’Grady 0-3, Darren Duggan 0-3, John Morrissey 0-1; Conor McGrath 0-3, Olan Casey 0-

3, Tadhg Tobin. Subs: Cormac Curran, Shane Nugent 0-1, Conor Morrissey. St. Mary’s: Shane Organ; Conor Tobin, Tom Tobin, John Ahearne; Denis Coffey, Diarmuid Tobin, Ronan Gleeson; Owen Kearns, Stephen Coffey; Aidan Fitzpatrick 1-1, David Whelan, Jack Power; Kevin Sheehan 0-1, J. J. Coffey 07, Jason Sheehan 0-1. Subs: Mike Kearns, Daniel Flynn. Referee: Timmy Organ (Abbeyside). COLLIGAN DESERVING WINNERS Colligan ………………1-16; Ballysaggart ………... 0-11. A first half goal by Ian Fraher helped Colligan to a 17 to 0-5 half-time lead at their home venue last Saturday afternoon. The stand-out player in this game was Colin Dunford who scored 0-11 of his team’s total. Darren Meagher chipped in with 0-7 for Ballysaggart who lined out here without some key players but the home team well

deserved their win and they were also without their top scorer for many years, John Wall. Colligan: Dean McKenna; Michael McGrath, Alan Walsh, Peter Moloney; Darren Dunford, John Morrissey, Stephen McGrath; Colin Dunford 0-11, Ross Browne; Raymond Bannon 0-1, John Dempsey, P. J. Coffey 0-2; Ian Fraher 1-2, David McGrath, Richie Kiely. Ballysaggart: Matty Meagher; Bobby Ryan, Kieran Fennessy, Shane Meagher; Daniel Devine, Eugene O’Brien, Stephen Mangan; Christy Murphy 0-1, Cailean O’Gorman; Kieran Bennett 0-2, Darren Meagher 0-7, Ken Cashell 0-1; Paudie Hale, Ronan Walsh, Shay Clancy. Subs: Conor Bennett, Padraig Murphy. Referee: Pat Walsh (Fourmilewater). TOURIN IMPRESSES Tourin ………………...2-10; Ballinameela …………..0-8. Seven Leahys lined out for

Tourin in Ballinameela last Saturday afternoon and they were part of a team that really impressed throughout the hour with their display and their style of play. Two first half goals by Sean Leahy and midfielder Niall Fives set the scene for their win as they led at the break by 2-3 to 0-7. Ballinameela, who lined out without James Maher in goal for the first time in many years, played their best hurling in the first half as they were confined to 0-1 after the interval. Tourin: Darragh Wilkinson; Jack Leahy, Dan Leahy, Shane Dunne; Daithi O’Brien, Brendan Scanlon 0-1, Donal McGrath; Niall Fives 1-1, David Leahy; Kevin Leahy, Sean Leahy 11, Sean Meaney 0-2; Brian O’Donoghue, Daithi Wilkinson 0-4 Dan Dransfield. Subs: Niall Leahy, Eoin Leahy, Tom O’Brien 0-1. Ballinameela: Donagh Looby; Jason McGrath, Michael Walsh, Darren

Mulcahy; John Harrington, Tom Curran 0-2, Paul Curran; Brian Phelan, Kealan Looby 0-1; Jason Morrissey 0-1, Jim Curran 0-3, Stevie McGrath; Cian Culloo 0-1, Tom Kiely, Micheal Culloo. Subs: James Meagher, John Fletcher, Mikey Phelan. Referee: Pat Fitzgerald (Lismore). CAPPOQUIN EDGES OUT GERALDINES Cappoquin …………..0-11; Geraldines ………….....0-9. At a wet and windy Aglish venue on Friday night last the Cappoquin and Geraldine hurlers braved the elements and served up an entertaining encounter with the teams showing honest endeavor and commitment, where both sides went in at the interval on level terms 0-5 to 0-5, In the second half Cappoquin edged their noses in front with the sharpshooting Shane O’Rourke unerring with seven points others to shine for the Cornerstone side were goalkeeper Darren

Curran, Colm Looby Paul Murray and Finan Murray, while for the homeside Jerome Maher, Aidan Dwyer Stephen Kennefick, Ger and Pat O’Donovan put in some fine performances. Geraldines: S. Fitzgerald; S. Kenny, J. Casey, J. O’Connor; S. Keane, J. Maher, S. Kennefick; A. Dwyer, G. O’Donovan; P. Coughlan, E. Mernin, M. O’Brien; J. Corkery, P. O’Donovan, D. O’Keeffe. Subs: E. Donovan, S. Hally, S. O’Brien, E. Kennefick, P. Hickey, C. Ryan, B.Guiry. Referee: Pat Fitzgerald (Lismore). CLEARCUT WIN FOR MODELIGO Modeligo …………….0-24; Clashmore/Kinsalebeg 2-4. As the score suggests Junior side Modeligo were clearcut winners of this game, which was played last Saturday afternoon. Pa Walsh was scorer in chief with 0-12 to his credit while veteran Pat Fitzgerald con-

tributed 0-4. Alan Seward scored Clashmore’s two goals. Modeligo: Donal O’Keeffe; Sean Hennessy, Jamie Troy, Robbie Buckley; Shane Troy, Kieran McCarthy, John McGrath, Thomas Walsh 0-2, Tom Devine 0-2; Pat Fitzgerald 0-4, Pa O’Donovan 0-2, Michael Troy 0-2; Tom Cashman, Pa Walsh 0-12, Nicky O’Donovan. Subs: Micheal Power, Gary Power, Stevie Bumster, Michael Bumster, Richard McGrath. Clashmore/Kinsalebeg: Mark McGrath; Ronan Fitzgerald, Jason Seward, Donal O Connor; Phil Dee, Ciaran Bourke, Paudie Nugent; Gavin Dower, Aidan Trihy; Sean Daly, Donie Scanlon, Paul O’Connor; Jack Rourke, Alan Seward, Shane Nugent. Subs: John Prendergast, Colm Flaherty, Tadhg Cunningham, Shane Kennefick. Referee: Pat Fitzgerald (Lismore).



Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 4 April, 2014

Western GAA Board Results Western Intermediate Hurling League: Modeligo 0-20; Clashmore/Kinsalebeg 2-4 Brickey Rangers 0-14; St. Mary’s 1-10 Colligan 1-16; Ballysaggart 0-11 Cappoquin 0-11; Geraldines 0-9 Tourin 2-10; Ballinameela 0-8 Shamrocks W/O Stradbally SCR

Lismore Camogie Club

All-Ireland champions celebratory social ALL-Ireland Champions Victory Social Bank Holiday Sunday, May 4th in Lismore House Hotel at 7.30 p.m., 3 course meal, medal presentation by WLR's Kevin Casey, music by "Sound Affair" followed by disco with DJ Martin, Bar Extension. Tickets €25 can be bought from Breda (086) 1081510, Ciara, (087) 2923002, Geraldine (087) 6289595 Una (087) 2415998 or Mary (086) 3326128. This is strictly a ticket event only first come first served. DVD A DVD of the All-Ireland Final (Sponsored by Pat Denn) is now on sale, please place your order with Geraldine (087) 6289595 or Mary (086) 3326128 cost €10. COUNTY SENIOR LEAGUE The Lismore Senior girls who were down to play Butlerstown in the first round of the Denny Buckley County League on Saturday last was postponed and will now go ahead on Sunday next, April 6th at 12 noon in Butlerstown. The girls will play Cappoquin

on Friday 11th in Cappoquin at 6.30 pm and they will play Porltaw at home on the following Friday, April 18th at 6.45 p.m. The Lismore U-14 team have been in training over the past 3 weeks in preparation for their County Championship which commences on Tuesday, April 15th where they will play Brickey Rangers. SYMPATHY All in Lismore Camogie Club would like to extend their deepest sympathy to the Bennett Family Ballysaggart on the death of Joanie Bennett over the past week. Also deepest sympathy to the Flynn Family on the death of Joe Flynn over the past week. REGISTRATION All membership is now due and is to be paid before commencement of your first match as there is a new registration system this year and all members are to be paid up before they can play. Membership is Juvenile €30, Student €35, Adult €40 Family €50.

St. Anne's Camogie and Football Club U-16 MUNSTER FINAL Well done to our St. Anne's girls who played with the U-16 Waterford Camogie panel on Sunday in the Munster Final. U-16 FOOTBALL Our U-16 football team are playing in the first round next Monday. Time and venue to be confirmed. Best of luck to all involved. SENIOR CAMOGIE LEAGUE Our Senior Camogie team got the league campaign started on Saturday when they won the first round against Gaultir with a scoreline of 5-14 to 4-4. Well done girls, best of luck in the next round.

Munster U-21 Football Final and Minor Hurling Fixtures FOLLOWING the qualification of Cork and Tipperary for the Cadbury Munster Under 21 Football Championship final on Wednesday, April 9th, the following changes have been agreed to previously scheduled fixtures: The Cadbury Munster Under 21 Football Final between Cork and Tipperary will be put back to 8 pm on the date and at the venue fixed, Wednesday, April 9th 2014 at Páirc Uí Rinn, Corcaigh. The Electric Ireland Minor Hurling Championship quarter-final between Cork and Kerry will be brought forward to 6:15 pm and be played before the Under 21 Football

Final again in the fixed venue, Páirc Uí Rinn, Corcaigh. The Electric Ireland Minor Hurling Championship quarter-final between Tipperary and Limerick will be put back from Wednesday, April 9th to the following night, Thursday, April 10th, 2014 at 7:30 pm in the fixed venue, Páirc na nGael, Luimneach. The start time for the Electric Ireland Minor Hurling Championship quarter-final between Clare and Waterford at Páirc Chiosóg, Inis on Wednesday, April 9th will be confirmed early next week on the Munster GAA website, – the time is likely to be 6.45 pm.

Waterford Senior Footballers 1970. Front row left to right: Tom Power, Noel Walsh, Monty Guiry, Acky Lannen, Pat Clancy, Liam O’Rourke, Mick Connelly. Back row left to right: Pa Walsh, Vinny Kirwan, John Colbert, Tom Walsh, Wally O’Connor, Jim Wall, Eugene Dunphy, Tom Gough.

Waterford Ladies Football …

Intermediate ladies overcome Leitrim in hard fought game THE ladies from Leitrim made the long journey to Fraher Field on Sunday last to play Waterford in the 6th round of the Tesco Home-Grown National Football league and returned to the West empty handed after a game that ebbed and flowed all through. After a nervous few minutes for both teams Waterford got the opening score when Margaret Revins first saw her shot rebound off the goal post but had the presence of mind to follow in and duly despatch the ball to the net after 5 minutes. Leitrim’s corner forward Áine Heslin opened her team’s account with a point in 7 minutes and Áine Tighe could have had a goal for the visitors two minutes later only for a brilliant save by Waterford goalkeeper Aimee Jordan. In the 10th minute Leitrim went ahead for the first time when hesitancy in the defence allowed Leitrim’s corner forward Mairead Stenson in for a goal. Waterford turned the game on its head for the first time with two well taken goals in two minutes. The three Wall sisters had a major part to play in the setting up of these scores, Aileen and Linda Wall combined to set up Margaret Revins for her second goal in the 12th minute and it was the turn of Mairead and Aileen to play Liz Devine in to score Waterford’s 3rd goal a minute later. Michelle Ryan stretched Waterford’s lead in the 17th with a free but that was to be the Deise ladies last score of the first half. Leitrim gradually got to grips with the game and five unanswered points, four from Áine Tighe and one from Áine Heslin left only one point between the sides at half-time Waterford 3-1; Leitrim 1-6

A defensive blunder in the Waterford full back line in the first minute of the second half let Mairead Stenson in for a Leitrim goal to put the Connacht girls back in front. They extended the lead when midfielder Sarah McLoughlin pointed in the 6th minute. Linda Wall kicked a good point for Waterford in the 8th minute and Louise Ryan ventured up from half back to get a wonderful point in the 9th minute to leave the minimum between the teams. Deirdre Ward got Leitrim’s third goal in the 13th minute and the writing looked on the wall for Waterford when Áine Tighe slipped in past the Waterford defence but her goal bound effort was met with a point blank save by Aimee Jordan to keep Waterford in the match. This spurred the Deise ladies on and Margaret Revins completed her hat trick with a third goal in the 17th minute to narrow the gap to two points once again. Manager Pat O’Brien replaced Megan O’Connor with Shona Curran and the St Pats girl fresh from her Camogie exploits was quickly into action with a well taken point on 21 minutes. Michelle Ryan then scored Waterford’s fifth goal after Liz Devine hit both the cross bar and the post to put Waterford back in front. This was to prove to be a lead that Waterford would keep to the end Michelle Ryan tacked on another point having been set up by shone Curran. Shauna Dunphy then replaced Liz Devine who had run herself to a stand still and immediately made an impact with a goal in the 25th minute. Leitrim had no answer to this and Linda Wall scored two wonderful

points followed by one from Margaret Revins in the last minute to leave Waterford winners on a score line of 6-8 to Leitrim’s 3-8. While this was a good win for the Deise girls the final score was somewhat flattering as Waterford struggled for long periods of the game to break down a resolute Leitrim team. Pat O’Brien however will take many positives from the game but will also be aware that there is room for much improvement. The spirit of the girls was admirable especially early in the second half when Leitrim threatened to run away with the game. This game qualifies Waterford for the league semi-final and sets them up nicely for the final game of the group when they welcome division leaders and unbeaten to date Armagh to the Deise next weekend. Waterford lined out as follows: Aimee Jordan, Nora Dunphy, Ciara Dunphy, Mary Foley, Louise Ryan (0-1), Karen Mc Grath, Megan O’Connor, Michelle McGrath, Elaine Power, Linda Wall (0-3), Michelle Ryan (1-2), Mairead Wall, Aileen Wall, Margaret Revins (3-1), Liz Devine (1-0) Subs Used: Gráinne Kenneally, Shona Curran (0-1), Shauna Dunphy (1-0) and Aisling Hahessey. MANAGER OF THE MONTH Congratulations to Waterford Intermediate manager Pat O’Brien who was awarded manager of the month for February on the basis of the team’s performances in the National League. Well done Pat on your award. THANK YOU A sincere thank you to Paddy Foley’s Bar, Grattan Square,

Dungarvan who sponsored the Intermediate match on Sunday. MINORS OPEN MUNSTER CAMPAIGN AGAINST CLARE Waterford minors will open their championship in Wednesday night, 2nd April in a home match against Clare in Fraher Field with the thrown in scheduled for 7:00. This should be an exciting game of football as these teams have met in the minor finals for the last two years with the spoils agonisingly going to Clare on each occasion by the minimum of margins one point. Both of these teams also met in last year’s under 16 final when Waterford came out the victors in a hard fought game by three points. The team is preparing well under the management of Crohan McGregor, Joe Murray, Sean Curry and Trish Ferncombe and will be well up for the banner challenge. There is a nice mix of experience on the panel with many of last years under 16 panel making the step up along with Liz Devine, Megan O’Connor and Lauren McGregor who are part of the intermediate panel. UNDER 14 CONTINUE THEIR WINNING WAYS Well done to our under 14 team who had a good win last week against near neighbours Tipperary. This win qualifies the team for a Munster final appearance against Clare. Next up for the girls is a Munster A semi-final against Kerry on the 19th April. ALL IRELAND SCHOOLS Well done to Scoil Mhuire, Carrickon-Suir who had a large contingent of Waterford girls in their panel on their fine win in the All Ireland Semi-Final last weekend.

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Enjoying the Ballysaggart GAA Club's Victory Social in the Park Hotel were Myra and Pat Ryan. [Sean Byrne//Deise Media]



Enjoying the Ballysaggart GAA Club's Victory Social in the Park Hotel were William Barron and Sinead Walsh. [Sean Byrne//Deise Media] Enjoying the Ballysaggart GAA Club's Victory Social in the Park Hotel were Carmel, Mary and Bridie Ryan with Ailish Murphy. [Sean Byrne//Deise Media]

Enjoying the Ballysaggart GAA Club's Victory Social in the Park Hotel were Joe and Cathy Nugent. [Sean Byrne//Deise Media]

Enjoying the Ballysaggart GAA Club's Victory Social in the Park Hotel were Marie Hynes and Becky Fennessy. [Sean Byrne//Deise Media]

Enjoying the Ballysaggart GAA Club's Victory Social in the Park Hotel were Jenny Murphy and John Toomey. [Sean Byrne//Deise Media] Enjoying the Ballysaggart GAA Club's Victory Social in the Park Hotel were Adrian Meagher, Eugene O'Brien and Pat Veale. [Sean Byrne//Deise Media]

Enjoying the Ballysaggart GAA Club's Victory Social in the Park Hotel were Anita Ryan and Kenneth Cashel. [Sean Byrne//Deise Media]

At the Ballysaggart GAA Club's Victory Social in the Park Hotel were Organising Committee of Tina [Sean Byrne//Deise Media] Meagher, Paul Veale and Marie Nugent.

Enjoying the Ballysaggart GAA Club's Victory Social in the Park Hotel were Trish Silke, Mairead O'Brien, Ailish Murphy and Anne Devine. [Sean Byrne//Deise Media]

At the Ballysaggart GAA Club's Victory Social in the Park Hotel were Anthony Walsh, Tom Cunningham, Chairman Co. GAA Board; Adrian Meagher and Pat Grant. [Sean Byrne//Deise Media]


Brickey Brickey Rangers Rangers LOTTO Last week’s lotto took place in The Enterprise. Numbers drawn were 1, 10, 17, 25. There was no jackpot winner. €25 winners were: Michael Power, Christopher Kelly, Tom Drohan, and Kathleen Lawlor. Next week’s draw will be held in The Tudor House, where the jackpot will be €8,850. New lotto tickets will be in operation this week. INTERMEDIATE HURLING LEAGUE We had a one point win over St. Marys on Saturday last in Bushy Park. Final Score, Brickeys 0- 14; St. Mary’s 1- 10. MINOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP We lost out to Dungarvan on Sunday morning last in a game that could have been won. We had a seven point lead at half time, and managed to be on the losing side by six points. Final Score Brickeys 2- 7, Dungarvan 5- 4. LADIES NOTES Intermediate Camogie: The Intermediate team played their first match of the year against Ring last Saturday evening. The match was played in Dungarvan in what can only be described as very testing conditions. Pouring rain and fading light did little for the game as a spectical. These were two evenly matched teams who both showed great character dealing with the conditons. Ring were winners in the end, final score Ring 1-4; Brickey Rangers 3 points. Team: Teresa Curran, Elaine Curran, Kayla McGrath, Nicola McCarthy, Rachel Donnelly, Catherine Hahesy, Dee Nugent, Molly Curran (3), Eimear Scanlon, Ciara Scanlon, Alice Hahesy, Eimear O’Donnell, Aisling Hourigan, Kristen O’Connor.

Registration: All players should have received their registration forms these need to be returned immediately, and please note any player who is not registered is not insured to either play or train. Munster Title: Congratulations to club members Megan Dunford and Kate McGrath who were part of the U-16 County Team that won a Munster Title on Sunday last. Well done girls. Easter Camp: The Coaching & Games Committee will run an Easter Camp on the following dates. Tuesday 15th to Thursday, 17th April. It is a Hurling Camp and is for boys and girls aged 13 & 14 years. Topics will include Nutrition / Fitness and other aspects related to Hurling. The fee for the three days is at a very reasonably price of €15. Time is from 10 am to 1 pm each day. Anyone interested in attending please contact Angela Whelan at 087 2641164. Foundation Course: A Dual Foundation Course will be running on the following dates, starting on April 23rd at 7 pm in Ardmore Hall. The remaining dates are April 30th, and May 7th. The Child Awareness Workshop which is the fourth night will commence on May 14th in Ardmore at 7 p.m. These are the last dates for these courses until September so it is very important that anyone who is involved with players at Juvenile level attend. Please contact Child Welfare Officer Angela Whelan at 0872641164 to book your place before April 11th. JUVENILE NOTES Under 8: Under 8 boys and girls continue to train each Saturday morning. They are currently alternating each Saturday between hurling and football, next Saturday Hurling will be played. If any want to come along they are more than welcome. Any parent who wishes to stay and help is more than welcome Under 10: The boys in this grade are training hard, training this week on Tuesday and Friday at 6 pm. Under 12, 13 &14: These boys continue to train hard and the fruits of their work is beginning to show, the under 14 boys played Dungarvan on Sunday last and it was a very closely fought game, nip and tuck all the way and the brickey boys pulled away in last quarter to earn a win. Well done to all. On Wednesday night next all players to be togged out on the pitch as we have some guest coaches. Scór: The Co. Final of Scór na bPáistí will take place on Saturday next in Cappoquin. We will be competing in the Solo Singing, Ballad Group and Question time. All support will be appreciated. Any player who is currently not receiving texts and wishes to do so, please let your manager know the number that you wish to be texted at. Helmets for sale, Contact Joanie 087 2310220. Players will by now have received their registration forms, please return same to McGrath Shop or your team manager.

SliabhgCua/St. gCua/St. Mary's Marys Sliabh ST. MARY’S FALL JUST SHORT OF BRICKEY’S In atrocious weather conditions last Saturday evening, St. Mary’s played Brickey Rangers at a Bushy Park venue. In an exciting first half, the score was level an amazing five times. A 27th minute Aiden Fitz goal had St. Mary’s all square at half-time following a tantalising 5 points by the outstanding J. J. Coffey. J. J. is back to the club this year after a spell in Australia and his dominance in the full forward line was more than impressive. The first ten minute of the second half


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belonged to the Brickey’s, but the lads held their heads high and battled hard for the entire game. Another 3 points from Coffey, with Eoin Kearns and Kevin Sheehan also pointing saw St. Mary’s just fall short on a 1-10 to 0-14 scoreline. Overall, St. Mary’s put in a solid performance. Making his St. Mary’s debut in goal was Shane Organ and he pulled off three fantastic saves in conditions that were so cruel. Also debuting was Ronan Gleeson who lined out wing back and his skill and determination was obvious in his performance. Others that stood out on the night were the fabulous Dermot Tobin, Eoin Kearns and sharpshooter J. J. Coffey who ended up with 0-8 to his credit. Our team was Shane Organ, Conor Tobin, Tom Tobin, Johnny Ahearne, Denis Coffey (Capt), Dermot Tobin, Ronan Gleeson, Eoin Kearns (0-1), Stephen Coffey, Aiden Fitz, David Whelan, Jack Power, Kevin Sheehan (0-1), J. J. Coffey (0-8) and Jason Sheehan. Subs: Declan Roche, Dan Flynn and Mike Kearns (all used). Management team: John Hallinan (manager), Kieran Hallahan, Johnny McGrath, Royco Ware and Eamonn Ryan (coach).

The Sliabh gCua/St. Mary’s club would like to thank Brickey Rangers who accommodated us with a time deferral of the game. Your sporting gesture was greatly appreciated. MEMBERSHIP Another fantastic year for membership in the club, we would like to sincerely thank everyone for supporting our club. Hopefully, we will be collecting silverware during the year to make you members proud. Again, your membership has been extremely appreciated. WATERFORD REGEGATED TO 1B Luck wasn’t on our side in Walsh Park on Sunday and we have been demoted to division 1B for the 2015 season. Waterford has had a very long injury list so far this year and there is massive room for improvement. Their focus now will be turned to championship when they meet Cork in a Munster quarter-final on May 25th. WATERFORD SENIOR FOOTBALL Another disappointing result for Waterford senior footballers, this time at the hands of Wicklow. Final score was 2-14 to 0-12. They play their final game of Roinn 4 in Fraher Field this coming Sunday against Carlow. It has a 2 pm throw-in. Hopefully, we will round off our campaign with a win. SEAMUS TRIUMPHANT IN NORTH CAROLINA Congratulations are expressed to Touraneena’s pro golfer, Seamus Power who at the weekend claimed “The Cowans Ford Open”. Seamus edged out the win by four shots which brings his pro tour wins to three. Fantastic stuff Seamus, keep it going!! NAOMH BRID NEWS The Clubs Registration Day takes place on Sunday next April 6th in Modeligo GAA Club, Co. Waterford with a number of Underage games planned to take place, as well as the Club fundraiser which always proves to be great craic, the "BALL ROLL" The main focus of the day is to get people together who are involved or have players involved in the Naomh Brid club, giving them the chance to get their registration paid for the playing year, but also to get to see some of the lads at play and also to meet those who are actively involved. The club is always willing to listen to ideas from anyone willing to get involved or to lend a hand, so if you could see yourself coming onboard and helping in any way with the juvenile club, please don't be afraid to come forward and let us know. More details will be posted shortly, so keep an eye on happenings on this Naomh Brid Juvenile GAA Club, Co. Waterford fb Page over the next few days for further posts of times for games etc. The Clubs Registration Fees are as follows; Under 10 & downwards; €10 Family fee. Individual Members; €15 Family Registration; €30 Hope to see you all in Modeligo on Sunday morning next! TOURANEENA RUNNING/WALKING GROUP 5K LEAGUE Our running league is set to commence on Wednesday, 16th April. The league is open to both runners and walkers, and both codes should have equal opportunity of claiming the title. To enable the league to run smoothly, we would urge each person to pre-register. Entries can be given to Mush Keane, Maria Gleeson, Claire Fitzpatrick or Aiden Fitzpatrick. We wish everyone the very best of luck!! Until then, runs/walks will continue every Monday and Thursday nights. We currently send out text messages to remind people of our times. Due to availability of webtext, this may not always be possible. Anyone wishing to receive texts, simply text your name to 087 9634993. Anyone getting texts and doesn't want to, simply reply STOP to 087 9634993. DEISE DRAW The Deise Draw is to commence again in April. As always, its vital that the draw is supported by every club. With the top prize of €10,000 each month, there will be a total of 23 cash prizes on offer. A massive percentage of monies received are redirected back to the club so we would urge every household to purchase a ticket. Tickets can also be purchased as a syndicate (optionally), so get yours now!! Tickets are a mere €10 and are available from Mush Keane 087 9634993.

Sponsored Jerseys presented to Comeragh Rangers Ladies Football Club. From left: Keely Corbett-Barry, Kevin Barry, U-14 Manager; Joe Murray, Chairman and Manager; Marian O'Hanlon, Treasurer; Kelly Galvin, Representing Southern Ceilings, Sponsors; Lauren Glavin, Anne Dunphy and Sean Curry, Secretary. [Sean Byrne//Deise Sport] J. P. Fitzpatrick 086 1909980; Mike Murray 087 7428032; Brendan Tobin 087 2701947 or any committee members to obtain tickets. HURLING WALL As the bright evenings return, we would urge everyone to take advantage of our hurling wall in Kirwan Park. The wall is available at any time for use and is an ideal way to improve Hurling & Football skills. Helmets are compulsory at all times and no horseplay is allowed.

An / Na AnCoilligeán Coilligeán / Nah-Emmetigh h-Emmetigh WESTERN INTERMEDIATE HURLING LEAGUE (GROUP 1) RD. 1 Colligan 1-16; Ballysaggart 0-11. Our Junior hurlers commenced the 2014 season on a positive note with an impressive victory over Ballysaggart in the opening round of the hurling league last Saturday afternoon at Colligan. This was an excellent team effort and it’s a great start to the new season. Team: Dean McKenna, Mike McGrath, Alan Walsh, Peter Moloney, Darren Dunford, John Morrissey, Stephen McGrath, Colin Dunford, Ross Browne, Ray Bannon, Sean Dempsey, PJ Coffey, Ian Fraher (1-2), Davy McGrath, Richie Kiely. Subs: Brian Flynn, Sean Browne (used), Pa McGrath, Michael Ryan, Bryan Fraher, Tomás Flynn, Michael Ryan.

Other results from group 1 of the league were as follows:- Tourin 2-10 Ballinameela 0-8, Brickey Rangers 0-14; St. Mary’s 1-10. Our next League game will be away to Ballinameela on the weekending 9th – 11th May. TABLE QUIZ THIS FRIDAY CLG An Coilligeán / Na h-Emmetigh are holding a fundraising Table Quiz this Friday night (April 4th) in Quills Bar, teams of 4 = €40 (€10 per person), there’ll also be a raffle and spot prizes on the night, proceedings will commence at 8:30 pm. We urge all people in the community to come along and enjoy the night, all are welcome. Here’s looking forward to a great night and please keep spreading the word before Friday night. TRAINING Training continues this week on Tuesday and Friday night’s at 7:30 p.m., and at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday morning, also football challenge game on Staurday, time and venue TBC (Players will be notified). CLUB LOTTO The following were the details from the “Black & Amber” lotto held in Quills Bar on 24/03/2014:Numbers drawn: 1, 12, 13 & 24, No jackpot winner, Lucky ticket €20 winners: Patrick Hickey, Gavin Glynn, Marian Maria & Mary, Tomas O'Flynn, last Monday night’s Jackpot was worth a healthy €10,200. MEMBERSHIP 2014 Membership is due at this stage and can be made payable to James Dalton, players are not covered by insurance unless membership is paid.

Geraldines FIRST LEAGUE MATCH V CAPPOQUIN We played Cappoquin in the first round of the league on Friday night, under floodlights in Aglish. The match was played in miserable conditions with a downpour from start to finish. Referee Pat Fitzgerald did well to let the game flow considering the inclement weather. The teams went in at half-time tied at 0-5 points each. Pat O’Donovan and Eamon Mernin both scored from play with Ger O’Donovan chipping in with three points from frees. We also had a penalty after Eamon Mernin was brought down when he was in on goal but we failed to convert it. Stephen Hally and Ed

Donovan were introduced at half time for James Casey and Peter Coughlan. Cappoquin started the second half better than we did and took a three point lead but the lads worked hard and even though we found it hard to score from play, the forwards managed to win free which brought us back level with Cappoquin with a minute to go. Cappoquin finished strongly and went back up the field to get the last two points to win by 0-9 to 0-11. Our discipline and work rate was impressive on the night and we only gave Cappoquin two points from frees and while we found it harder to get scores from play, Ger O’Donovan was accurate from frees. The defence performed very well with James Casey making a very solid debut (before picking up a shoulder injury) in a full back line that never looked like conceding a goal. Our new keeper kept a clean sheet and took to life between the stick like a fish to water. Cappoquin deserved their win on the night as their first touch and passing was better than ours, you would expect this from a team with a lot of work done. Our fitness and attitude was good throughout the game and the touch will approve as the evenings get longer and we get the fine tuning done. We play Ballinacourty in the first round of the Intermediate Football on the 13th of April. Team: S. Fitzgerald, S. Kenny, J. Casey, J. O’Connor, S. Keane, J. Maher, S. Kenefick, G.O’Donovan, A. Dwyer, M. O’Brien, E. Mernin, P. Coughlan, J. Corkery, P. O’Donovan, D. O’Keeffe. Subs: E. Donovan, S. Hally, B. Guiry, P. Hickey, S. O’Brien, E. Kenefick, Cian Ryan, J. Tobin

BLACKWATER SENIOR A HURLING FINAL WIN Congratulations to Aidan Dwyer and Shane Kenny who were part of the Blackwater hurling team who defeated Dungarvan CBS on a scoreline of 4-14 to 1-09. DEISE DRAW Deise Draw tickets are now being distributed to club members to sell with the first draw taking place on the 25th April. If you would like to purchase a ticket, please contact Deise Draw Coordinator Donnacha Tobin at 0868533098 or any club member for detail. FIT4LIFE Aglish Fit 4 Life continues on at the Aglish Community Hall at 7.30 pm on Tuesdays and Fridays, Fun and fitness guaranteed! Again, your level of fitness doesn’t matter, it the enthusiasm that counts. More info on Facebook aglishfunrun or 0868474285. Cost is €2 per night with all money collected going to the Children's Hospital, Crumlin. If there is anything that you would like to have included in the notes, please contact me on 087 6495845.

Modeligo 2014 WESTERN HURLING LEAGUE Clashmore 2-4; Modeligo 0-20 Modeligo played their opening game in this year’s Western Hurling League on Saturday last with an away fixture against Clashmore. This game was played in very wet conditions, and our lads also had the advantage of a stiff breeze in the first half. The lads have been putting in a good effort over the past few weeks and this showed as they clocked up a good score here to run out winners by ten points in the end. So a good start to this year’s league campaign, hopefully the sign of good things to come, as the lads will also play further games against Stradbally; Shamrocks; Cappoquin and Geraldines in this group. NAOMH BRID PLAYERS REGISTRATION DAY NEXT SUNDAY The Club’s Registration Day takes place on Sunday next, April 6th in Modeligo with a number of Underage games planned to take place, as well as the Club fundraiser which always proves

to be great craic, the "BALL ROLL" Some of the young lads representing the club in three different age groups will play in three games on Sunday morning next, so there will be plenty of action to follow on the field. But The main focus of the day is to get people together who are involved or have players involved in the Naomh Brid club, giving them the chance to get their registration paid and signed-up for the playing year, but also to get to see some of the lads at play and also to meet those who are actively involved. The club is always willing to listen to ideas from anyone willing to get involved or to lend a hand, so if you could see yourself coming onboard and helping in any way with the juvenile club, please don't be afraid to come forward and let us know. More details will be posted shortly on the Naomh Brid Juvenile GAA Club, Co. Waterford facebook page, so keep an eye on happenings on this Page over the next few days for further posts of times for games etc. The Clubs Registration Fees are as follows: Under 10 & downwards; €10 Family fee. Individual Members; €15 Family Registration; €30

Hope to see you all in Modeligo on Sunday morning next! NAOMH BRID "BALL ROLL" FUNDRAISER As you can see from the above note, Naomh Brid Juvenile GAA Clubs committee are currently putting plans in place for a club registration day for all juvenile players involved in the club, which takes place on Sunday next, April 6th in Modeligo. As part of the day’s events, they will hold some juvenile Hurling and Football games at the pitch, with another feature of the day also being their fundraising "Ball Roll" which has proved to be a great success and mighty craic in recent years. All committee members now have lines available for sale, whereby you buy an individually numbered ball for €5, and if your ball is deemed to be the winner, you pocket the tidy prize of €150. Cards are still available in both Modeligo and Touraneena, each with lines representing one of the numbered balls but the amount of lines available for this event is limited so make sure you get your name on a card and give yourself the chance to win! INDOOR HURLING ENDS FOR ANOTHER SEASON Our Friday night Indoor Hurling sessions have now ended for yet another season. Many thanks to everyone who helped out along the way in keeping things running over all the Friday evenings throughout the Winter months. A huge thank you also to all of the parents who came along with the kids as without your co-operation the sessions simply would not work, but most especially, thank's to all of the local kids who came along to take part and made the sessions worthwhile, as without these budding hurlers and camogie stars, there would be no future in our own little club. With new time now in and the longer Summer evenings approaching, training for both the camogie sides and the underage hurling groups out on the pitch will kick-off again shortly, and we'll keep you posted on these as they are arranged. Hopefully, we'll see all the kids continue their involvement once we move outdoors, as the good exercise and fresh air will be a benefit to all. 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 until further notification is confirmed. ON THE ROAD ! Best wishes to young club member Rían Reddy, Lower Glen, Modeligo who is now in possession of a full driver's license, having successfully passed his test last week.


Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 4 April, 2014

An AnGhaeltacht Gaeltacht FÉ 18 - BAILE UÍ DHUIBH V AN GHAELTACHT Tar éis do Áth Mheáin a gcluiche in aghaidh Bhaile Uí Dhuibh a ghéilleadh, bhí gá le babhta cáilithe mar gur chríochnaigh ár dtrí bhfoireann ar cheithre phointe ar chlár na sraithe i ngrúpa 1 de roinn 3. Bhuaigh Baile Uí Dhuibh an tarraingt don buntáiste baile inár gcoinne agus bhíomar curtha i gcóir le taisteal chuchu, ach tháinig glaoch maidin Dé Domhnaigh ag rá go raibh droch-chrut ar an bpáirc acu tar éis na fearthainne agus go mbeadh an cluiche á bhogadh go dtí Páirc Uí Fhearchair. Ar ndóigh, bíonn fonn ar imreoirí óga a bheith i bPáirc Uí Fhearchair i gcónaí agus is le fonn a thaistealaíomar an turas gairid isteach. Thug Baile Uí Dhuibh dúshlán i bhfad níos géire dúinn ar an ócáid seo, ná mar a bhí againn uathu i bPáirc Uí Shíothcháin agus cé nár éirigh leo dul chun cinn orainn, ní raibh ach 3 chúilín idir na fóirne i gcuid amháin den cluiche. Mar sin féin, bhíomar fós ró-láidir sna tosaithe dóibh agus bhí seisear againn ar chlár na scór. Bhain drochghortú cinn do imreoir ó Bhaile Uí Dhuibh nuair a bhí liathróid á imirt gairid don taobhlíne trasna ón seastán agus gur bhuail sé i gcoinne an fhalla. Tá súil againn go bhfuil sé ceart go leor ina dhiaidh. Níor éirigh linn fear ionad a fháil ar an bpáirc ar an ócáid seo, de bharr an cluiche a bheith chomh dian, ach beidh deis eile ag an bhfoireann anois agus sinn cáilithe do chluiche ceathrú ceannais amach anseo. Is le buille faoi thuairim a thugaimid toradh an chluiche seo: Baile Uí Dhuibh 3-5 An Ghaeltacht 4-10. Foireann: Sa chúl - PJ Ó Domhnaill, Aodhán Mac Gearailt, Pax Ó Faoláin, Páidí Ó Foghlú, Leath-chúlaí láir - Aaron Ó Crotaigh, Oisín Mac Síomóin, Lár na Páirce Conor Ó Cuirrín (0-2) & Dylan Tóibín, Diarmuid Ó Cuirrín (0-3), Leath-thosach Láir - Brian de Barún (1-0) , Páraic Ó Lonáin (0-3 2f) , Shane Ó Donnabháin (0-2), Brandon Tóibín (2-0). Fir Ionad - Cathal Ciarnán Mac Aodha, Tim Muntjewerff, Tiarnán Ó Foghlú. Gortaithe - Darach Ó Cathasaigh, Mícheál Ó Cadhla, Seán Ó Laoire.

PEIL FÉ 16 - AN GHAELTACHT V TRÁ MHÓR Is don Mháirt 1ú Aibreáin ag 6:30pm a shocraíodh an cluiche seo i bPáirc Uí Fhearchair ag am a scríobh seo. Beidh an toradh againn i nótaí an tseachtain seo chugainn PEIL FÉ 14 Tá caint air go mbeimid ag imirt in aghaidh CLG Naomh Chárthaigh ar an Satharn 5ú Aibreáin. Ionad & am le socrú. PEIL FÉ 13 - AN UIDHIR V AN GHAELTACHT Is don Luan 31ú Márta ag 6:30pm a shocraíodh an cluiche seo i mBaile Mhic Cairbre ag am a scríobh seo. Beidh an toradh againn i nótaí an tseachtain seo chugainn PEIL FÉ 10 - BLITZ Bhíomar ag WIT Carraig an Óir ar an Satharn 29ú Márta chuige seo agus bhí cluichí againn in aghaidh Chill Rosanta, Gaill Tír & Na Mistéalaigh. Bhí 14 imreoir againn ann ar an lá, deichniúir ar an aois & ceathrar fé 9 agus bhíomar láidir go maith ann. Bhí ard-mhaidin ag na buachaillí ann agus is cur i gcóir maith a bhí ann dóibh siúd a bheidh ag imirt sna cluichí fé 9, ag tosnú le iomáint ar an Luan seo chugainn 7ú Aibreáin sa mbaile in aghaidh Aird Mhór. Buíochas le Billy Ó Síothcháin & Seán Uada as a gcuid oibre leis an bhfoireann fé 10. Painéal ar an lá: Daragh Mac Craith, Ruadhán Ó Floinn, Liam Ó Síothcháin, Tadhg Breathnach, Marc Ó Mathúna, Eoghan Ó Crotaigh, Rian Frinseach, Ben Mac Bhloscaidh, Cian Ó Riagáin, Tony Ó Cathbhuaigh, Aodhán Ó Raghallaigh, Conor Frinseach, Aindriú Ó hOdhragáin & Diarmuid Ó Mathúna. Bhí Domhnall Ó Faoláin & Aindriú Breathnach as láthair de bharr tinnis agus ní raibh ar chumas Doiminic Ó Dí nó Rian Ó Ceallaigh taisteal ar an lá.

Beidh cluichí peile fé 10 ag teacht aníos le Dún Garbhán & An Uidhir go luath agus beimid ag súil go mór leis an sár-ghrúpa imreoirí seo a fháil le chéile arís chuige. COMÓRTAS CHUIMHNEACÁIN MHICHÍL UÍ MHANACHÁIN Tá An Ghaeltacht ana-bhuíoch do chlann Uí Mhanacháin as a mbronnadh ar an gclub den airgead a dheineadh ag an gcomórtas bliaintiúil saghaid i gcuimhne ar Mhicín, fear uasal ó Bhaile na nGall. Is cinnte go mbeidh úsáid maith ag ógánaigh na Gaeltachta do na sliotair & liathróidí peile a cheannófar as an airgead. Gach eolas faoin club ar, ar Twitter @anghaeltachtclg agus ar ríomhphost:

Tramore Tramore SYMPATHY To the family of the late Paddy Murphy, Lucan and Summerhill, who died in WRH last Thursday. Paddy's brothers, John and Liam gave outstanding service to the Club for many years, as both were brilliant hurlers and footballers in their heyday. John was a member of the Micheal MacCraith side that brought the County Minor Football title to Tramore, our very first County Championship. While Liam was a member of our Senior Football team that won the County title in 1969 and 1971, and also served on the Club Executive for many years.

FOOTBALL Micheal MacCraith Intermediates play Dunhill on Saturday, 12th April, in Fenor in the first round of the Championship. Our minor Footballers went down away to The Nire on Sunday following a good win the previous week against Rathgormack. They play Gaultier on 1st of April. Our U-13 Footballlers have games coming up so watch out for texts for your team. HURLING The lads continued their preparation for the upcoming intermediate hurling league and championship with a very good game during the week against Tourin. On a wet and miserable night the effort and commitment from all was top class. From April on, Hurling training continues every Tuesday and Thursday at 7.00 p.m. In Juvenile, the U-11 and U-12 City Street Leagues are about to commence, please watch out for texts regarding your teams. Micheal MacCraith have been drawn with St. Saviour's, De La Salle, Erin's Own, Ferrybank and Portlaw in the Intermediate Championship, which will commence on 7th May, when we play St. Saviours in the opening round in Cleaboy, followed by a game against De La Salle. We have been drawn with Butlerstown, Clonea, Fenor, Portlaw and Ballyduff Lower in the Hurling League. We play Butlerstown in Tramore on Saturday, 19th April, followed by an away game to Clonea on Saturday, 26th April. CAMOGIE Training for U-14’s, U-16’s, U-18’s on Thursday Nights, 8 to 9, on the Astroturf. Training for U-8’s, U-10’s and U-12’s on Wednesday Night, 6 to 7. Congratulations to Waterford U-16 Camogie Development Squad who beat Cork 1-11 to 0-5 in the Munster Final on Sunday, 30th March in Cashel. Waterford got off to a great start with a goal in the 1st minute and never looked back leading by 1-9 to 0-2 at half-time. Cork put it up to the Waterford girls in the second half but had too much to do. Sally Brown, Kate McMahon, Aoife Shanahan from Butlerstown and Saoirse English from Tramore represented the club. CORE PILATES & CIRCUIT TRAINING Circuits with John Frost on Wednesday at 7.30 p.m. Pilates with Davy Wade on Thursdays at 7.30 p.m. €5 for each class and all are welcome. Great to see the mix of people attending these classes every week, Lords and Ladies, young and not so young. BINGO In the Club every Monday at 8.00 p.m. All are welcome. CLUB LOTTO There was no winner of the €1,700 Jackpot in last Wednesday's draw. The numbers drawn were 2, 10, 13 and 16. Lucky Dip winners of €40 each were Margaret Kelleher, Main Street, Nicky Dunphy, Beech Park and Thomas Stevenson, c/o Paul O'Gorman. The next draw takes place on Wednesday, 9 April, when the Jackpot will be €1,800. Tickets €2 each are on sale in the usual outlets. Thanks to all who support the Lotto. REGISTRATION Registration is now due, if you haven't registered you must do so immediately, everyone knows how important it is to have their fees paid on time for the good running of the Club and for insurance purposes. Thanks. DEISE DRAW This year’s Deise Draw runs from April to December, with the first draw scheduled for Friday, 25th April. Terrific prizes to be won monthly, including a top prize of €10,000. Tickets €10 per month. In addition, there will be prizes of 2 All-Ireland Hurling and Football Final tickets to be won in the May, June and July draws. SCRAP METAL Can be left into the Club on Saturday mornings from 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. If you require items to be collected, please contact Billy Murray at 086-8364996 or Martin O'Rourke at 0863729438. WEBSITE, FACEBOOK, TWITTER Our website lists all upcoming events and has a huge amount of info about the club, our facebook tramoregaaofficial page is very popular especially with all the photo albums from games and events and isa great way of keeping up with happpenings in the club and our twitter page @tramoregaa13 gives instant updates from matches and events.

Tourin Tourin

TOURIN WIN In their first official game of the 2014 season, Tourin had a good away win over Ballinameela in the league. Both teams were subject to very tricky underfoot conditions throughout the game with Tourin being able to cope better with the wet terrain. The opening score (goal) came from the stick of Sean Leahy with others scores from Sean Meaney, Niall Fives and Daithi Wilkinson giving a tally of 2-3 at the half way stage. On the turnaround, and with a few substitutions, Tourin drove on and scored an additional eight points to end the game with a final tally of 2-10 to 0-8. Generally, the team played well and without the services of other panel members – they stood up to the challenge of Ballinameela. Team & scorers as follows: Darragh Wilkinson, Shane


An Gaeltacht - Peileadóirí fé 10 na Gaeltachta a ghlac páirt ag blitz i WIT le deanaí.

Dunne, Daniel Leahy, Jack Leahy, David O'Brien, Brendan Scanlan, Donal McGrath, Niall Fives (1-1), David Leahy, Sean Meaney (0-2), Kevin Leahy, Brian O'Donoghue, Daithi Wilkinson (0-5), Dan Dransfield, Sean Leahy (1-1), Subs: Eoin Leahy for Kevin Leahy, Tom O'Brien (0-1) for Dan Dransfield, Niall Leahy for Brian O'Donoghue, Kevin Leahy for Jack Leahy (inj), Brian Leahy (inj). Well done to the mangement team of John Fives, John McGrath & Alan Barry.

WATERFORD HURLERS GO DOWN Unfortunately, the Waterford senior hurlers could not hold onto their Div. 1A status and are now relegated to Div 1B for next year’s league. Their defeat to Dublin now gives them time to gather their thoughts and perhaps change tactics to tackle Cork in their first game of the championship in May. Darragh Fives was brought on as a substitute and played generally well until he received an injury which could see him out of action for the foreseeable future. The Waterford senior footballers did not fare any better as the men from Wicklow had a win here. EASTER DRAW Tickets will be on sale out and about over the next coming weeks for our monster hampers draw which will be held on Easter weekend. More details next week. PRESENTATION OF MONEY RAISED A presentation was made to Tourin Hall Development committee last Friday night at the hall. The money raised from Operation Transformation Tourin syle which was the brain child of Gina McGrath and the brawn behind the gruelling schedule was Mark McConnell (McConnell Fitness). The monies raised was donated to Tourin Hall Development Committee and The Irish Heart Foundation. Thanks to Gina & Mark for their hard work and to all who partiicpated during the 12 weeks up to Christmas. I believe Mark may have another idea in mind for next years Tranformation Operation 2014!! TREKKIN EJJITS Don't forget to get in training for this by now very well established walking event which takes place in April. All proceeds will be donated to St. John’s Special School, Dungarvan for their playground project. VANDALISM There has been a spate of vandalism/theft in the area recently. If any one has seen anyone acting suspiciously or any vehicle which appear to be cruising the area – do not tackle them yourselves but contact the gardai as soon as you can. CONDOLENCES Sympathy is extended to the family of the late Joe Flynn, Ballyhea (top road), Lismore who passed away last week. May he rest in peace.

St.Patrick’s Patricks St. CARDS – PROGRESSIVE 45 – 27/3/2014 Winners: Pat Kennedy & John Nugent, Michael Power & Michael Flynn. Lucky Table: Cora Kiely & Eibhlin Drohan. Cards every Thursday night at 8.30 p.m. Coolnasmear Hall. DEISE DEVELOPMENT DRAW Tickets will be on sale this weekend for the new series of the Déise Development Draw. This has been a major fund raiser for the club over the years and would appeal to parents to support the draw. U-10 CARRIGANORE FOOTBALL BLITZ Last Saturday our U-10s were in action down in Carriganore in a football blitz where they played three matches Kilmacthomas, Gaultier and St. Mary’s, Kill. Panel: Tanzey Flynn, Sean Flavin, Mikey Flavin, Eoin Flavin, Thomas Byrne, Michael Beresford, Luke Dunford, David Butler, Eanna Drohan, Eoin Dennehy, Mark Power, Alex Petit, Adam Daly.

Rathgormack MINOR CHAMPIONSHIP Our Minor Team played their third match in

this year’s Championship when they took on Ardmore last Sunday morning in Ardmore. The lads recorded a great win to make it two wins from three games. Final Score Rathgormack 1-15; Ardmore 2-7. Team: Michael Hassett, Adam Nugent, Declan Hennebry, Thomas Kennedy, Liam Connolly, Eoin Bray, Michael Behan, Aran Power, Brian Connolly, Pat Hahessy (0-1), Daniel Crotty (0-1), Daniel Hassett, Arron Hassett (0-1), Pa Whyte (1-5), Gavin Sheehan (0-5). Subs Used: Donnocha Hassett, Conor Mulligan.

INTERMEDIATE FOOTBALL LEAGUE The Intermediate team had their third game of this year’s league called off last weekend. The disappointing thing is we were only told an hour before throw-in that the opposition would be unable to field a team. SCRAP METAL COLLECTION The club is running another scrap metal collection. Anyone who wants more information or who needs some items collected can contact any of the following: Noel Kirwan 087-2271759, Brendan Curry 087-614143, Declan Hahessy 087-2264550 or Denis Curry 087 6466113 before Saturday, 19th April. Our previous scrap metal collection was a huge success and thus is a great way to help the club raise much needed funds and also get rid of those items that have been hanging around the house which you just haven’t had time to get rid of. All suitable donations gratefully accepted. MEMBERSHIP The rates for this year are as follows. Senior / Junior is €60, U21 is €30, Minor and under is €10. Non playing member is €30. All outstanding membership is to be paid to Michael Crotty immediately. DEISE DRAW The time of year is almost upon us again, as the first Deise draw will be held on the last Friday in April. Tickets have been distributed to all club members to buy or sell. The first draw takes place on the 25th April. The Deise draw has over the years provided some much needed funds and as club and we would ask all players, and people within the parish to please purchase a ticket with a top prize of €10,000 in every months draw. Contact any committee member or club coordinators, Noel Kirwan 087-2271759 or Tom Hassett 085-1741486 for more details.

Fourmilewater DEISE DRAW This year’s draw will commence on Friday night, the 25th April and run until December. Top prize every month is €10,000. Also this year, in addition, a draw will take place for two All-Ireland hurling and football tickets to be won in the May, June and July draw. So, please. The draw ticket per month is €10. To join contact Draw Co-ordinator Chrissy Horkan or any member of the committee. ANNUAL QUIZ On Holy Thursday night, the 17th  April our annual Quiz will take place at Doocey’s Oriel Bar. Namy the Brain of Ballymac. Teams of 4 €20 per table. So, come along and enjoy the good nights fun. HURLING During the last week, Fourmilewater senior hurlers played three games and so far to date have being on the wrong end of defeats. The club would like to wish Martin Walsh a speedy recovery on receiving a hand injury against Ballygunner in a league game. THE BIG DROP Hard luck on the Waterford senior hurler who were relegated on Sunday last. During the game, Shane Walsh was introduced and played very well. 45 CARD DRIVE Played at Doocey’s Oriel Bar last Friday night: winners on 11 games: Philly Freany and Nellie Nugent; 2nd place: Mary Kearns and Mary

Murphy. Lucky tables x 2: Jimmy Quinn and Michael Creed; Oliver O’Hara and Jim Wall MINI LOTTO No jackpot winner. Numbers drawn were: 2, 15, 22. Next week’s jackpot €2,250. Match 2 no. winners: Nora Whelan, Glenanore; Michelle Guiry, Nire; John Mangan, Newcastle; Cillian and Patrick Ryan, Dungarvan; Eileen Mulcahy, Glasha. GOLF CLASSIC A Golf Classic will be held at the Gold Coast Golf Club on the following days, April 17th, 18th, 19th. 3 person Rumble. €35 p/p lunch included. Prizes: Golf and lunch - Mount Juliet; golf and lunch - Castlemartyr; golf and lunch - Faithlegg; golf - Gold Coast; golf - West Waterford. Contact Gold Coast Golf Club 058 44055 or Billy Walsh 087 676 6417; Tom Reynolds 087 791 8513; Tony Condon 087 259 0148; Thomas Crotty 087 274 1196.

Nire MINOR FOOTBALL RESULTS 2nd Feb, Nire 0-8; De La Salle 1-7 8th Feb, Dungarvan 1-7; Nire 1-6 22nd Feb, Stradbally 1-7; Nire 2-10 8th March, Nire 2-14; Gaultier 1-6 23rd March, Brickey Rangers; 2-1 Nire 3-9 30th March, Nire 3-15; Tramore 0-0 Next minor fixture Tuesday, 22nd April Ballinacourty v Nire 7 p.m. After losing their first two games The Nire lads have now won 4 in a row. They should now be qualified for the semi-finals. Their final game against Ballinacourty will decide where on the table they will finish. Well done to all the minor team and management and we all hope you continue to go from strength to strength. UNDER 21 FOOTBALL RESULTS 16th Feb, Nire 1-11; Comeragh Gaels 1-9 2nd Mar, Nire 0-13; An Gaeltacht 0-12 West Under 21 A Football Final 17th Mar, Nire 0-10; St. Oliver’s 2-10. SENIOR FOOTBALL Phelan Cup: Nire 1-13; Gaultier 0-12. Next Phelan Cup match 5th/6th April Rathgormack v Nire. MEMBERSHIP Can all club members ensure that membership is fully paid as soon as possible.

Shamrocks Shamrocks CLUB LOTTO The numbers drawn in last Saturday's (29th) lotto draw were 10, 11, 12, and 20, and there was no winner. €20 winners were Tony O'Brien, John & Chloe, Ann Flanagan, Michael Tobin, and Dan O'Neill. Next week's jackpot will be €15,850, creeping up steadily. SCÓR NA bPÁISTI Congratulations to all the children who qualified for the county final of Scór na bPáisti which takes place next Saturday in Cappoquin at 6 p.m. Good luck to you all from all at the Shamrocks. THE DÉISE GO DOWN TO 1B Waterford's luck ran out last Sunday in Walsh Park when Dublin consigned them to Div. 1B of the National Hurling League for next season. When you have a vital game to win, one thing you can't afford to do is have a man sent off, so Shane O'Sullivan's red card was the decisive moment. That and the goalkeeping blunder that handed Tipp a win in the first game were the the two key moments that ultimately defined Waterford's league campaign. Yes, one could argue that last year's relegation play-off teams ended up in the All-Ireland final, but ask Limerick how hard it is to get up from the lower division.



Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 4 April, 2014

Dungarvan U-14s We travelled the short distanse to Bushy Park last Sunday morning to play the Brickeys in the latest round of the Western Championship. After a great start to the game we struggled for a time and had to give way before half-time. After a great deal of straight talking at the break we gave a good effort for the second half just to come up short at the end and loose out to a very good Brickey team Final Score: Brickeys 4-5; Dungarvan 3-4. MINOR FOOTBALL Our Minor Footballers on the other hand also played the Brickies on Sunday but they were much superior to their opposition and came away worthy winners with a scoreline of 5-4 to 2-7. Well done to all concerned. SARGENT CUP To those of our members who are not aware what competition the Sargent Cup is for, they will be glad to know that it is the Trophy for the Senior Hurling League. Last Saturday we travelled to Passage to play the first round of this famous Tournament against the County Champions without a few regulars, but this did not daunt their replacements and we were very unlucky to come up short by just 1 point. A great effort by all concerned. The next round of the Sargent Cup will be on the 10th of May against near rivals Abbeyside. But before that we have two very important Championship matches against Ballygunner on the 27th April in the Fraher Field and Tallow on the 4th May in Lismore. DEISE DRAW Catherine Lyons has informed me that the start date for the Deise Draw is 25th of April and that tickets are now on sale.This is a major financial help for the club and we would ask all our members to support this Draw.The cost of the tickets is €90 for 9 can also pay €10 a month LOTTO The numbers were 1, 3, 5, 29. No Winner. Next week’s jackpot €17,500. Ger Connors won €100. This week’s LOTTO is over €17,000. We would like to thank anybody who has supported the LOTTO over the years. Tickets can be bought at Ard Scoil Bingo, Lynchs Greengrocers, Countrystore, Walshs Spar, Paddy Foleys and Hallahans Chemist, Quealys Bar or from committee member. We would ask all members to encourage all they can to support the LOTTO REMEMBERING OTHER DAYS This week we go back to 1996 and the u-9 Hurling Leagues which were played in conjunction with The local Guards. Our picture shows Eddie Fitzpatrick and John Molloy with our chairman at the time John O’Brien. We ask you to name the 9 players. The captain is John Ducey, Silversprings.

Clashmore/Kinsaelbeg EASTER GAA CLUB BINGO Our next Club Bingo night will be our Easter edition and it will take place on Wednesday night April 16th at 8pm at the GAA clubhouse. As ever we will have a great game prize fund on offer on the night as well as a bumper raffle and free refreshments for all so something there for everyone. Bus transport will be the same as usual with a bus leaving Cork Hill, Youghal at 7.10pm and also a bus will leave from Quinn's, Ardmore at the same time via Grange. So a great night is ensured and all are welcome so we hope to see you all coming along on the night! MINOR FOOTBALL DIVISION II CHAMPIONSHIP Our Minor Footballers played their fourth championship game on Sunday morning last when they took on St. Saviours at home and after a first half where our lads racked up nine wides, but still led at half-time by 0-6 to 0-3, we ran out easy winners in the end by 1-13 to 0-6 so well done to all involved here, especially to the subs who came in as they made a big contribution on their introductions. We now look forward to our next game against Ardmore in a few weeks time which as always should be a highly competitive local derby so watch this space for more details on this fixture. Team: Ian Burke, Alan McCarthy, Ryan Thomas, Conor Lynch, Jack Foley, Danny O'Neill, Jack O'Donovan, Dean O'Brien, Adam Curley, Paddy Prendergast, Edmond O'Halloran, Dean Russell, Adam O'Sullivan, Eoin Coughlan, Robbie Deady. Subs: Aidan Keating, Niall Buckley, David McGrath, Niall Kennefick, Declan Condon, Brian Lynch

INTERMEDIATE HURLING LEAGUE Our Intermediate hurlers played their first game in the Western Hurling League on Saturday last when they took on Modeligo in Clashmore. With several of our regular starters unavailable for this one this opposition proved to be much the stronger outfit and our lads lost out by 0-20 to 2-4 at the end so plenty of room for improvement as they prepare for their first championship game in a few weeks time. SINCERE SYMPATHIES The club wishes to extend its sincerest sympathies to the relatives of Stevie Ronayne, Knockaneris who sadly passed away recently. Stevie was a player and an active member of the

PRESENTATION OF MONEY RAISED – A presentation was made to Tourin Hall Development committee last Friday night at the hall. The money raised from Operation Transformation Tourin syle which was the brain child of Gina McGrath and the brawn behind the gruelling schedule was Mark McConnell (McConnell Fitness). The monies raised was donated to Tourin Hall Development Committee and The Irish Heart Foundation. Thanks to Gina & Mark for their hard work and to all who partiicpated during the 12 weeks up to Christmas. Clashmore club in the late 1930's and 40's and graced the fields of West Waterford many times and he will be greatly missed by his friends and neighbours around the parish. We also wish to pass on our condolences to Helen Lynch and family, D'Loughtane on the recent death of her father Ackie Lennon, Carrigeen, Kill. Ackie Lennon's name is one of course which resonates loudly in football circles around the county as he was at the forefront of the many successes achieved by that great Kill football team of the 1960's with many of his peers agreeing that he was probably the best player in the county during that time. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-ainmeacha dílse. DEISE DEVELOPMENT DRAW It's around that time of year again when the Deise Development Draw rolls around with the only difference being that this year the draw begins a month later with the first instalment taking place at the end of April and running until December instead so you can expect your usual draw promoters to be making contact regarding tickets over the next week or two. The cost of entry to the draw this year is again €90 with some great prizes on offer as usual so for anyone interested in purchasing a ticket you should contact our Draw Co-ordinator Michael Byrnes or any committee member as soon as possible to secure your place in the draw. CLASHMORE/KINSALEBEG JUVENILE G.A.A CLUB Deepest Sympathies: On behalf of everyone in the juvenile club, we would like to extend our sympathies to Helen Lynch, D'Loughtane and her family on the sad loss of her father Ackie Lennon of Carigeen, Kill, Co. Waterford recently. Helen is one of the hardest working and most popular members in the juvenile club and to herself, her husband Martin and to all her family, we pass on heartfelt condolences. Ackie Lennon was one of the finest footballers to grace a playing field in the county and he is synonymous with the Kill club which had great success down the years. His loss will be truly felt in that most beautiful part of the county. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

Naomh Brid CLUB REGISTRATION DAY Our club registration day is on next Sunday in Modeligo pitch starting at 11 am. This is fun day for all the family. We will have three underage games on the day, details to follow during the week. All players are due to pay their registration on the day or to any committee member. Rates are Family - €30: General members -€15: Under 10 - €10 We will also have our Ball Run fundraiser during the afternoon. Refreshments will be provided. TRAINING Outdoor training for under 12’s will commence next Monday evening in Modeligo at 7 pm. Under 8’s will begin after Easter Holidays. UNDER 9 HURLING/FOOTBALL Our Under 9 leagues are beginning next Monday and will be on every Monday for April and May. Our first match next Monday, April 7th will be at home to Abbeyside 2 at 6.30 p.m. Players are requested to be at Kirwan Park Touraneena at 6.15 sharp. UNDER 10 FOOTBALL Our final league match will be in Modeligo next Sunday at 12 noon. This will be as part of our registration day and is against The Brickeys. UNDER 11/12 HURLING Our Under 11 and 12 leagues are also begin-

ning this week and will run every week afterwards. Our first game is Under 12, away to Dungarvan, on Thursday evening. Throw-in is at 7 p.m. Players are requested to be at Dungarvan pitch at 6.30 p.m.

NaomhChartaigh Chartaigh Juveniles Naomh Juveniles (LISMORE/BALLYSAGGART JUVENILE GAA) The monthly meeting of Naomh Chartaigh Juvenile Club was held in the Club House Lismore on Thursday last, the 27th March at 8 p.m. Minutes of the February meeting were read to all present and were signed by Chairman Mr. Robbie O’Sullivan. Arising from the minutes was the matter of a foundation course which has to be completed by those involved at under age level that have not done one yet. A time and date have to be arranged with Michelle Power at County Board level for this to take place. Our club coaching co-ordinator Mr. Brendan Landers was present at our meeting. He gave a detailed account as to what his job within the club involves, mainly to nurture our players from under 6 all the way up to adult grade. Also to have a structure in format from under 6 to minor level. Arising from the minutes was the recently held Paddy Whelan Tournament. Every one agreed that it was ran off brillantly and congratulations to Lismore who were winners of the shield on the day. In relation to the National GAA Draw, unfortunately there was no winner within the club. However, the club would like to sincerely thank everone who purchased one or more tickets for this draw, your support is greatly appreciated. Thanks to everyone who has paid their annual membership of €30. For those who havent this money can still be paid to Trish Morrissey at any time. Note that "if you play - you pay". Provisional date for our Ber Ryan u-11 Tournament is Saturday, May 10th. More details to follow within the next few weeks. Our next fundraising event is our Table Quiz. This quiz will be held on Thursday, April 17th at Meagher’s, Ballysaggart Time 9 p.m. It would be great to see a big turn out for this fun filled event. €40 per table of four. So start reading up on the news of the day as im sure that Edward will have some interesting questions on the night The meeting concluded with Robbie on behalf of the club congratulating the camogie club on their All Ireland win ‘what a fantastic achievement for everyone involved’. Next committee meeting on Thursday, 1st May in the Clubhouse at 8 p.m.

Ballyduff Upper MAIN SPONSOR - KENNEALLY STEEL SENIOR HURLING The Seniors played Roanmore in a challenge game in Ballyduff last Saturday, winning by a point in poor weather conditions. Team: Kevin Martin, Maurice McNamara, Tom Feeney, Denis McDonagh, Michael Kearney, Seamus Hannon, Cian Leamy, Tommy Feeney, John Twomey, Brian Kearney, Jamie Kearney, Shane Hannon, Michael Kearney, Shane Kearney, Kevin Casey. Subs: Martin Feeney, Kenneth Geary, Mark Dooling, Tommy Molumphy.

JUNIOR HURLING The first round of the Western Junior championship is scheduled to be played on the weekend of 26th/27th of April against Lismore.

WATERFORD HURLERS FUNDRAISING QUIZ Thanks to everyone who attended the Ballyduff/Ballysaggart in An Sibin last Saturday, which was raising funds for the Waterford Senior Hurlers. Thanks to Stephen Molumphy, John Jackson, An Sibin and everyone who helped organise the successful night. CONGRATULATIONS Well done to the Lismore camogie team who recently won the All-Ireland Intermediate championship, following a replay win against Ballyhale Shamrock. LOTTO The numbers drawn in last week’s lotto were: 1, 8, 17, 28. There was no jackpot winner. €30 winners were Dolores Caples, Florence Flynn, Tom Moroney, Joe Feeney.

Ballysaggart CLUB LOTTO Results 26th March: Numbers drawn were 8, 11, 18 and 20. No jackpot winner. Winners of €20 each were Olivia Roche, Midleton; Delia Cashell and Here & Now. Next week’s jackpot April 1st is €1,250. WESTERN INTERMEDIATE LEAGUE On Saturday last we faced Colligan in the opening round of the Intermediate hurling League. It was Colligan who got the better start and with an early goal in the first attack this spurred them on. The half-time score was 1-7 to 0-5. Try as Ballysaggart might in the second half Colligan proved that bit too strong and ran out finished winners on a final score of 1-16 to 0-11. Team: Matty Meagher, Bobby Ryan, Kieran Fennessy, Shane Meagher, Daniel Devine, Eugene O’Brien, Stephen Mangan, Christy Murphy, Kieran Bennett, Darren Meagher, Ken Cashell, Paudie Hale, Ronan Walsh, Sham Clancy. Subs: Conor Bennett for Sham Clancy, Padraig Murphy for Paudie Hale.

Next fixture is the Comeragh Oil Intermediate Hurling Championship match against Ballinameela on Sunday, April 27th, in Lismore at 2.00 p.m. TABLE QUIZ Thanks to all who supported the table quiz in Ballyduff last Saturday night in aid of the hurlers training fund.

Clonea TRAINING Training resumes every Tuesday and Thursday at 7.30 pm MEMBERSHIP Reminder that 2014 membership is now due and is being collected by membership officer, Alan Power. Non players €30, Players €50, Players Under 21 and Minor €30. All players are asked to ensure that they are fully paid up before 31st March 2014. CARDS Cards continue this Thursday night in Clancy’s at 9 pm. CLONEA CAMOGIE Camogie Training: Training for Under 12 upwards every Tuesday from 6.30 pm to 7.45 pm and every Friday from 7.30 pm to 8.30 pm. Indoor Camogie: Indoor Camogie continues every Wednesday night from 6pm to 7pm for girls born in 2006 and 2007. Cost is €3 per player and Indoor Hurleys will be provided. Membership: Membership for the 2014, €15, can now be paid. As the season will soon be up and running, it is important that all players are fully paid up members to cover registration and

insurance requirements.

Mitchels John Mitchells TOM ''SNAIL" POWER The Club lost one of our former playing greats early last week. His popularity with young and old was evident, with the crowds that came to pay their respects on Tuesday last. A guard of honour was in place with former and current players coming together to show their support. Snail will be remembered mostly for his playing exploits, with a 9 point haul in 1970 bringing the senior title to the club for the first time. His speed on the ball made him a tough man to cope with. This kind of form made him a regular on the County team where they held division 1 status. A Railway cup appearance in 1971 further added to his playing credentials. Of course, he was also a great man to tell a story many of which were retold on Tuesday to much smiles and laughter. He will be remembered in these parts for a long time to come. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam. INTERMEDIATE FOOTBALL We play Kilmac Saturday, 11th April in the first round of the championship. Venue to be decided. UNDERAGE Our u-10's played their first games of the year in Carriganore. They preformed really well in their 3 games. Well done to all involved. Training continues on Sunday mornings at 11 a.m.

Newtown/Ballydurn Newtown/Ballydurn INTERMEDIATE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP Training is now in full swing in preparation for the championship. First up we have two football games. We play Kilmac on Saturday, April 5th at 6 p.m. in Kill. The following Saturday, April 12th we play Bonmahon also to be played in Kill at 6pm. These are two games not to be missed considering the healthy rivalry that exists in both games, so mark these dates in your diary. NATIONAL LEAGUE HURLING PREDICTION There was no winner in the last round. Again thanks to everyone who supported this fundraiser. ST. MARY'S We received a walk over from Portlaw in the minor football last weekend. Our U-16's footballers play Tramore in Kill this weekend. A win here would set us up nicely to qualify for the latter stages of the competition. DEISE DRAW The Deise Draw is upon us once again. Over the years we have had great support for this draw which supplies us with invaluable finances to run our club. Without finance you cannot run a club, without a club what would our locality be like? The first draw of 2014 is the last Friday in April, we hope for your continued support. Tickets cost €10 per month, €7 goes directly to the local club while the remaining €3 goes to financing the prizes. Hopefully in these difficult times you will be able to continue your much appreciated support. WATERFORD LADIES FOOTBALL Congratulations to the Comeragh Rangers Ladies who were involved with Waterford last weekend who defeated Leitrim and in doing so qualified for the knock-out stages of the league. Also best of luck to the Comeragh girls who are involved in the up coming minor and U-16 Munster championships which take place this Wednesday and Sunday respectively.


Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 4 April, 2014


Abbeyside/Ballinacourty 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 €3,288 as on Sunday night Kay O’Connor was drawn out of the drum and picked card 27 which wasn’t the Joker though she did win €50. Mary Looby and Alan Tobin won €25 each. As well as our group of ticket sellers tickets can be purchased from Convince Store Ballinroad, The Village Inn, Village Flowers, Kennedys Live, Spar, Mike Kiely’s Butchers and Mousies Takeaway. COUNTY FOOTBALL LEAGUE We play Kilrossanty this Saturday in Leamybrien in the round two of the County League at 7 p.m. COUNTY HURLING LEAGUE We played Tallow in the first round of the County league in Abbeyside on Wednesday night last and recorded a good win on the night. Team: S. ENRIGHT, S. DONOVAN, S. O’HARE, J. POWER, B. LOOBY, J. O’MAHONEY, J. HURNEY, M. GORMAN, S. CROTTY, M. FERNCOMBE, M. FIVES, G. BREEN, D. COLLINS, P. HURNEY, T. MURRAY. Subs: R. DUNFORD, S. CLIFFE, J. DUGGAN

TABLE QUIZ We would like to thank all those who supported our Table Quiz in Minnies Bar on Friday night last. The quiz was a great success and we would like to thank Bob O’Brien and all his helpers and also to Pat O’Brien and all the staff of Minnies Bar. CLUB BINGO This Sunday our Club Bingo continues in the CBS Hall at 8:30 pm where the jackpot is €1,400. MEMBERSHIP With a number of football Championships due to get underway in the next number of weeks we would ask that all players and indeed non players make a special effort to pay their membership to our Membership Officer Kevin Tobin as soon as possible. DEISE DEVELOPMENT DRAW Tickets for the 2014 Déise Development Draw are currently on sale from members of both our Adult and Juvenile Committees. FUNDRAISING CYCLE One of our most loyal and dedicated Club Members Liam O’Connor is calling on all Abbeyside/Ballinacourty members, players, supporters, friends and cycling enthusiasts to support a Fundraising Cycle which he is organising on Saturday, August 2nd. Liam is organising the cycle from Limerick to Abbeyside to raise much need funds towards the running and further development of the club. As you all know the club has had huge success on the playing fields last year and all our club teams and ladies represented the club with great pride throughout the year. The club would not be able to run as smoothly as it currently does without the huge volume of volunteers who give so much of their time to coaching teams, by working on committees and doing countless tasks in fundraising and all other events run by the club. The facilities in our club have been brought to a new level in recent years thanks to the generosity of all in our Parish who give very generously when club people come calling at their homes, work places, shops and businesses to raise funds to help pay for projects such as the refurbishment of the dressing rooms, installing state of the art floodlights and generator to run lights, the erection of a state of the art ball alley to improve hurling skills and the purchase of almost 8 acres and the developing of the third pitch which will cater for the needs of the club teams for many years to come. Liam can be contacted at 0851191908 or, Michael can be reached at or 0877682068, Benny can be contacted at or 087-9352716 while Beanie can be reached at or 087-6436046 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 tem managers to please try and do as much heavy training in the areas behind the goals. JUVENILE NOTES Indoor hurling: Our indoor hurling for the juvenile hurlers continues again on this Friday night coming the 4th of April at the Friary college. The under 5, 6 and 7 groups will between the times of six to quarter to seven and the under8 group will between the times of quarter to seven and half past seven. All are welcome. Helmets are compulsory and will be available over the next few weeks. To help cover costs a €2 fee will apply. Membership: Membership is now nearly over due for juvenile members. The club would ask that anyone who has not paid the membership fee yet would please do so as soon as possible because without this paid there is no insurance on that player should they get hurt. Minor football: Our minor footballers got back to winning ways on Sunday morning last at home to de le Salle in the 5th round of the football championship. Everyone on the day upped their performance from the previous week to grind out a hard fought win against a determined De Le

Blackwater Community School, Post Primary Schools Co. Senior A Hurling Champions 2014. They beat Dungarvan CBS in the final played in Lismores GAA Club grounds. [Sean Byrne//Deise Sport] Salle team. We were due to play again last night against Stradbally in the 6th round and this result will be included in next week’s notes. Camogie: From Friday, 4th April training for all age groups will take place between 6.30 and 7.30. New members are always welcome and hurleys and helmets can be purchased through the club at a discounted price. As our numbers have grown help is always needed if there is anybody who has an hour to spare on a Friday evening and feel they would like to get involved come along any Friday evening. Joker tickets can be bought through the camogie club this fundraiser helps with the upgrade of club facilities, as we have full use of these facilities at no extra cost we urge you to support this fundraiser.

Ardmore SENIOR HURLING LEAGUE Ardmore 0-10; De La Salle 2-13. Being back in Senior Hurling ranks for 2014 paired us against De La Salle in our first SH League match. With an amount of the panel from 2013 missing on the day we fielded a young side that showed great heart and determination on a wet and cold afternoon at Ardmore. Thanks to De La Salle who also were short many of its regular names on the day for a very sporting game on the day. Overall, a pleasing performance on the day with some excellent displays from our seasoned campaigners and also form some younger players who lined out on the day. Panel: Dylan Troy, David Power, Daniel Power, Conor O’Shea, Adrian O’Donnell, Niall Hennessy, Declan Prendergast, Gavin Williams, Kenny Murphy, David Gartland, Tom Power, James Salmon, Cathal Hennessy, Richard Stilwell, Stephen Keating, Christopher Power, James Kennedy, Charlie Bryan, Eoin Conway. SF LEAGUE Ardmore returns to De La Salle on Saturday 5th when we take them on in the Senior Football League at 7.00 p.m. We ask all player sot make themselves available Saturday evening. We train Tuesday 1st and Thursday 3rd at our usual time 7:30 p.m. All players are requested to please check into the Ardmore 2014 Senior Facebook page. Fixtures are also available on St. Declan’s GAA Club Facebook and Website. MINOR FOOTBALL - DIVISION 2 Our minors took on Rathgormack last Sunday morning in Ardmore. This game was always going to be a hard one as we were missing four players Michael Cronin, Senan Freyne, Micheal O'Neill and Charlie Troy on the day. However, the team got on with their task but the first score of the game was a point by the away team. James Veale was busy in the early stages of the game and had a spectacular save in the opening minutes. Then David Walsh scored a great goal for Ardmore followed by a point soon after. A close game ensued. James Kennedy scored a point and shortly before half-time, William Power hit the back of the net for Ardmore's second goal. With the wind to our backs in the second half, the game was there for the taking but Rathgormack were never going to lie down and scored 1-12 on the day. Charlie Bryan, Declan Fitzgerald and Stephen Keating scored a point each but it was Ardmore's Man of The Match James Kennedy who scored three points in total, one of those being an excellent strike from midfield. Ardmore's final score was 2-7, losing by two points. Panel on the day: James Veale, Richard Carroll, Eoin Conway, Eoghan O'Shea, William Barron, William Power (1-0), Sean Veale, Gareth Williams, Declan Fitzgerald (01), David Walsh (1-1), James Kennedy (0-3), Stephen Keating (0-1), John O'Brien, James Flavin and Charlie Bryan (0-1).

Our next outing in this championship is

against Clashmore / Kinsalebeg away on Tuesday, April 22nd at 7 p.m. We have one back game to play against St. Saviours also. This had been cancelled earlier in the season due to the bad weather. U10 FOOTBALL We travelled to Carriganore on last Saturday for the Waterford GAA U-10 9-a-side blitz. We had just 18 players available on the day so fielding two teams meant that all of the children got to play all of the time. We had some terriffic games against Portlaw, Ferrybank, St. Pats, Rathgormack, Gaultier and St. Mary's. The teams played really well with out three girls, Neasa, Roisin and Emma deserving special mention. The teams played some lovely football and while we lost a few games we won the most of them. That was not important however as the way the teams played was terrific to watch and the children are certainly developing in the proper manner. Our thanks to all the drivers who went on Saturday. We now turn our attention to hurling for the next couple of months. While the U-9 team have both hurling and football games coming up. BEST WISHES Best wishes to clubman Liam Gleeson who is currently in hospital in Cork. Get well soon Liam, we hope to see you out and about over the coming weeks. LOTTO - MARCH 31st AT AN TOBAR BAR No winner of the €10,000 jackpot. The numbers drawn on March 24th were: 2, 13, 24, 27. 5 winners of €20 each were: Joy Healy, c/o An Tobar Bar; Paddy Murphy, c/o Ardmore Post Office; Mary Flynn, c/o Kiely’s Cross Bar; Ian McCarthy, c/o Keevers Bar; Peggy Burke, c/o Quinns.

Kilrossanty CLOTTO SPONSORED BY KILL AGRICULTURAL LTD CLOTTO RESULTS No Winner of a Jackpot of €12,900 held in Miclins Bar, Kilrossanty, on Sunday night 30/03/14 numbers were 01, 07,15, 23. €30 won by the following people Ciara Houlihan, Crough; Kevin Lonergan, Leamybrien. €30 seller’s Prize Paul Lennon, Leamybrien. Next Clotto held in Crotty’s Inn, Leamybrien, on Sunday 06/04/14 for a Jackpot of €13,000 on duty on the night Damien Ryan and Benny Whyte PLACES WHERE CLOTTO`S CAN BE PURCHASED Crottys Inn Leamybrien Miclins Bar Kilrossanty Veale’s Supermarket Leamybrien, Walsh's Day-To-Day Service Leamybrien, Monica’s Dungarvan CLOTTO ONLINE Don't forget that you can also play the Clotto online, with our jackpot now at a record €13,000 many people have been enquiring how they can play. Just follow the link on our Facebook or webpage. DEISE DRAW Deise draw tickets are now on sale, first draw will take place on Friday the 25th April. Tickets are available from players and committee members. SENIOR LEAGUE Our senior footballers play their second match in the league on this Saturday evening at 7:00 pm in Leamybrien. Please come along and support the men in Green and Gold SYMPATHY The club would like to express the deepest sympathy to the families of Tom "Snail" Power and Ackie Lennon on their recent sad loss. Both Tom and Ackie were giants of Waterford football and will be sadly missed by all who knew them. STAND DEVELOPMENT.

It is great to see all the new seats have been fitted into the stand. This is a great addition to the club so a special thanks to all those who helped out over the last number of weekends. JUVENILE NOTES U-14 Football: Another great win for our under 14's who beat Cois Bríd last Sunday on score line of 6-6 to 1-5. The team was: Oscar Murphy, Luke Ryan, Patrick Power, Paddy Hayes, Darragh Walsh, Caoimhin Walsh, Patrick Power, Anthony Lonergan, Mikie Lawlor, Eoin Power, Aidan Behan, Seamus Fitzgerald, Oisin Walsh, Philip Dunwoody, James Power, and Jack Kavanagh.

Keep up the good work lads. U-14/16 Football Training: Under 14/16 football training every Tuesday from 7 until 8. U-10 Football/Hurling: Our under 10's played some great hurling in Carriganore last Friday evening they were also in action again on Saturday morning in Carriganore but this time playing football well done to all. Training continues on Monday evening. U-12 Hurlers: Our under 12 hurlers travel to Youghal on Monday, the 7th of April in the town and country league come along and show them your support. U-16 Football: Our under 16 footballers travel to Carrick this Sunday to take on St. Mollerans in the 4th round of the under 16 football championship. Come along and show the lads your support. Scór: Best of luck to everyone competing in the county finals of Scor in Cappoquin on Saturday night at 6 p.m.

St.Olivers CLUB LOTTO This week’s winning number was 8. MEMBERSHIP 2014 membership is now overdue and needs to be paid immediately. UNDER 8 We had our last indoor last Friday. Thanks to all who played through the winter. We will have a break now as the Under 9’s Begin and will be back on saturday mornings later in the month. UNDER 9 We have a series of Under 9 games in April and may on Monday nights. This will be some at home and some away. Details will follow by text. UNDER 10 We had our last indoor last Friday and thanks to Austin for looking after the lads. UNDER 13 Our Under 13 played Cois Bhrid on Monday in Aglsh. Details elsewhere in the paper. MINOR Our Minor team were give the points and a walkover last Sunday from Roanmore. ADULT CLUBS Finally, best of luck to our St. Oliver players who embark on their career with the Adult clubs over the last and next few weeks. Naomh Oilibheir Abu

Tallow SPONSORED BY McGRATH'S PHARMACY, TALLOW DEISE DRAW Deise Draw tickets will be given out to all promoters over the next week. Any regular promoter who doesn't get them please contact Deise Draw co-ordinator David O’Brien. The first Deise Draw will take place on April 25th. We realise that the people of Tallow have been very generous in their support of the Deise Draw and by extension their local club and would ask that you continue with that support. COMHBHRON On behalf of CLG Tallow we extend our sym-

pathy to the Bennett family of Ballysaggart on the passing of Joan Bennett (nee McGrath) of Ballysaggart, Co. Waterford. Ar dheis De go raibh a hanam. FIXTURES The first two rounds of the Senior Hurling Championship have been fixed. We play Mount Sion on Saturday, 26th April, at 6:30 and then Dungarvan on Sunday, 4th May, at 7.00 p.m. MEMBERSHIP A kind reminder to all that membership is now due. Any memberships renewed/taken up after the Easter weekend deadline will not be eligible for the All-Ireland ticket draw. TALLOW GAA LOTTO – SUPPORTED BY KEARNEY'S RESTAURANT, TALLOW 31/3/’14 Numbers Drawn 4, 6, 15, 20. No Winner. Consolation Prizes: Charlotte O’Connor, Elizabeth Henley, Shane Non Finn, Ger Sice. Promoter: Denis Tobin. Next Draw 7/4/’14 Corner House. Jackpot €4,600.

Lismore MAIN SPONSOR: EAMONN’S PLACE LOTTO The numbers drawn on Monday, March 24th last week were: 3, 20, 21 and 27. There was no winner of the jackpot of €20,000. Consolation prizes of €20: Mikey Whelan, Parks Road; Mary Dalton, Lis an Oir; Pat Ryan, Bothar Mochuda; Phil Foley, Bother Mochuda. The numbers drawn on Monday night last, 31st March were: 3, 5, 11, 28. There was no jackpot winner. Consolation prizes of €20: Charlie Scanlon, Ballinwillin; Patricia O’Rourke, Bothar Mochuda; Clionadh Morrissey, Bank Field; P. McGrath, Camphire. Next week’s draw for the jackpot of €20,000 will take place on Monday night next at 7.30 p.m. in the Community Centre.

Notai NótaíCLG CLGna naRinne Rinne TORTHAÍ LOTTO Torthaí ó 23ú Márta- uimhreacha ná 6,7,11,19. Ní raibh aon bhuaiteoir. €20 an duine buaite ag Ciara Ní Mhanacháin, Neasa & Breda, Biddy Mhic Craith, Caoimhín Ó Cuirrín agus Geraldine de Róiste. Beidh €3,100 sa phota óir an tseachtain seo chughainn agus déanfar an tarraingt i dTigh Uí Mhaonaigh. PACÁISTÍ, CRANNCHUR DÉISEACH SRL. Beidh baill an chlub ag dul timpeall an pharóiste sna seachtainí atá le teacht chun eolas a scaipeadh faoi na pacáistí éagsúla atá againn chun tacú leis an gclub nó bheith mar bhall. Beidh eolas acu chomh maith faoin gcrannchur Déiseach agus an lotto áitiúil. CLUICHÍ 2014 Tá súil againn liosta agus dátaí do chuid mhór de na cluichí a bheidh againn i mbliana a fhoilsiú an tseachtain seo chughainn.

Kilgobinet DÉISE DRAW The club’s main income comes from sales of Déise draw tickets. We had 10 winners last year, so we ask all members and supporters to purchase one. Breda Walsh is the draw coordinator and has distributed tickets to all sellers. CHAMPIONSHIP FIXTURES The championship is just around the corner where we start off with Tallow and Modeligo in football. In hurling we play Abbeyside and Ballysaggart. Training has been going very well, we played two challenges against the Brickeys in hurling and Kilrossanty in football. The lads gave good account of themselves, hopefully this will continue into the championship season.



Affane/Cappoquin CAPPOQUIN/AFFANE JUVENILE GAA FIXTURES WESTERN INTERMEDIATE HURLING LEAGUE Cappoquin 0-11; Geraldines 0-09. At the Aglish venue on Friday night last the Cappoquin and Geraldine hurlers braved the elements and served up an entertaining encounter with the teams showing honest endeavor and commitment, where both sides went in at the interval on level terms 0-5 to 0-5. In the second half, Cappoquin edged their noses in front with the sharpshooting Shane O’Rourke unerring with seven points others to shine for the Cornerstone side were goalkeeper Darren Curran, Colm Looby, Paul Murray and Finan Murray. SYMPATHY Last Monday, 24th March 2014. Joe Flynn died, Joe was goalkeeper and one of the heroes for Waterford when they won the Minor hurling All Ireland final in 1948 on a day when they completed an historic double, that minor team were spearheaded by six Cappoquin players (Joe Flynn, Vincent Walsh, Michael Kelleher, Billy Conway, Mickey O’Connor and Michael Browne) and trainer Paddy Cunningham affectionately known as “The Magnificent Seven” Joe was husband of the late Rose (nee Lonergan). The Cappoquin/Affane extend sincere sympathy to son Fergus; daughter Orla; brother Albert; sister Kathleen (Dolly) O’Donnell; son-inlaw Bill Lee; grandchildren Diarmuid and Maebh; sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and friends. May he rest in peace. THREE TO ANSWERS 1, How many county senior hurling medals did Mount Sion’s Mick Flannelly win? 2, Who captained Derry to win their only All Ireland senior football title? 3 Who was the first player to win Railway Cup hurling and Football medals on the same day? LAST WEEK’S ANSWERS 1, Dublin Senior hurling manager Anthony Daly played for Clarecastle. 2, Paidi O’Shea won eight All Ireland senior football medals. 3. Eddie Keher, Killkenny in 1959 is the only player to Figure in All Ireland Senior and Minor hurling finals in the same year. CAPPOQUIN/AFFANE JUVENILE GAA FIXTURES (UPDATED) U-11 HURLING TOWN/COUNTRY LEAGUE (ALL FIXTURES ON FRIDAYS AT 7 pm Rd 1 April 11th Cappoquin (A) V St. Pats Rd 2 April 25th Cappoquin (A) V Clashmore U-12 TOWN/COUNTRY LEAGUE (ALL FIXTURES ON FRIDAYS AT 7pm) Rd 1 April 4th Cappoquin (H) V Cois Bhride Rd 2 Cappoquin a Bye U-13 WEST FOOTBALL Sat April 12th Affane (H) V St Pats/Naomh Bhrid at 3.30 pm WEST U-14 HURLING QF Monday May 28th Cappoquin (A) V Fourmilewater at 7 pm COUNTY U-16 HURLING C'SHIP FIXTURES Rd 1 Wed June 25th Cappoquin (A) V Brickeys at 7 pm. Rd 2 Wed July 16th Cappoquin (H) V Ballygunner at 7.30 pm Rd 3 Thurs July 31st Cappoquin (H) V DLS at 7.30 pm Rd 4 Thurs Aug 14 Cappoquin (A) V St Declans at 7.30 Rd 5 Mon Aug 25th Cappoquin (H) V Mt Sion at 7.30pm Rd 6 Tues Sept 9th Cappoquin (A) V Abbeyside at Rd 7 Fri Sept 12th Cappoquin (H) V Dungarvan at 7 pm Rd 8 Tues Sept 16th Cappoquin (A) V Roanmore at 7pm Rd 9 Sun Sept 21st Cappoquin (H) V Lismore at noon. SF Sat. 4th Oct.; Final Sat. Oct. 18th U-11 TOWN /COUNTRY FOOTBALL Rd 1 Fri Aug 15th, Affane (H) V Cois Bhride at 6.30 pm Rd 2 Tues Aug 19th Affane (A) V Ballyduff at 6.30 pm Rd 3 Mon Aug 25th Affane (H) V Stradbally at 6.30 pm DEISE DRAW The 2014 Deise Draw runs from April to December. The first draw will take place on Friday, April 25th. Fab prizes to be won every month, including a top prize of €10,000. Tickets are €10 per month. In addition, there will be prizes of two All Ireland Hurling and Football final tickets to be won in the May, June and July. BOOKING OF PITCHES All team managers are reminded to please ensure that they have booked the pitch for training with Maria Scanlan. We would also ask all teams to do most of the physical heavy training off the main pitch especially since the weather is so wet. CAPPOQUIN/AFFANE GAA FIXTURES WESTERN BORD CHAMPIONSHIP FIXTURES INTERMEDIATE HURLING STARTING DATE APRIL 25th-27th 2 Groups of 5, top team in each group to

semi's, 2nd and 3rd from each group to QF. Bottom team in group 1/2 will be relegated. Rd 1 Sun April 27th Cappoquin v Tourin in Lismore at 3.30 pm Rd 2 Cappoquin a bye Rd 3 Cappoquin v Abbeyside Rd 4 Cappoquin v Brickeys Rd 5 Cappoquin v Ring (Group 1, Ballinameela, Ballysaggart, Clashmore/Kinslebeg, Shamrocks, Stradbally). JUNIOR HURLING INTERMEDIATE ATTACHED STARTING DATE 25th-27th APRIL 2 groups of six, top two teams from each group to semis, Rd 1 Monday May 5th Cappoquin V Geraldines in Bushy Park at 2 pm Rd 2 Cappoquin V Clashmore/Kinsalebeg Rd 3 Cappoquin V Glen Rovers Rd 4 Cappoquin V Ring Rd 5 Cappoquin V Shamrocks (Gr 1, Kilgobinet, Colligan, Brickeys, Abbeyside, Ballysaggart, Ballinameela). U-21 HURLING STARTING DATE 4-5 OCTOBER 8 TEAMS KNOCK-OUT, B, Cappoquin V Fourmilewater A Cois Brid V St. Olivers C Clashmore/Kinslebeg V Ardmore D Ring V Ballyduff Semi Finals B V C and A V D JUNIOR FOOTBALL Top 2 teams at the end of league qualify for league final and c'ship semi-finals, teams finishing 3rd, 4th and 5th to QF, 6th play 7th to qualify for QF, draw for QF, 3rd play winners of 6th/7th, 4th play 5th. Top 2 teams seeded for semi's Rd 1 Affane a Bye Rd 2 Affane v Old Parish Rd 3 Affane v Modeligo Rd 4 Affane v Kilgobinet Rd 5 Affane v Tallow Rd Affane v Shamrocks Rd 2 Affane v Colligan emmets INTERMEDIATE HURLING LEAGUE Rd 1 Cappoquin 0-11 V Geraldines 0-9, played in Aglish Rd 2 Cappoquin V Stradbally in Stradbally W’end 9th-11th May Rd 3 Cappoquin v Shamrocks in Knockanore W’end 16th-18th May Rd 4 Cappoquin v Modeligo in The Sportsfield 20th-22nd June Rd 5 Cappoquin V Clashmore in the Sportsfield 11th-13th July CLUB LOTTO The numbers drawn in our Club Lotto for the jackpot prize €1,600 on Monday, March 24th were 14, 15, 22, 23 and there was no winner. The five €20 consolation prize winners were: Danny Flynn, Central Bar; Coffey boys, Melleray; Katie Manahan, Shanbally; Maura Greene, Abbeyglen and Bridget Hanrahan, Lismore. This week’s draw was held on Monday, March 31st and the results will appear here next week.

Stradbally OPERATION TRANSFORMATION Operation Transformation will come to a finish on Sunday next in the clubhouse, everyone is welcome to come along to what is going to be a spectacular day out. The prize money collected from the Trail Runs will be presented to the four schools. The winners of the weight loss competition will be announced. A hog roast and barbecue will take place, and face painting for the kids and an obstacle course. Waterford under 16 ladies football team will take on Cork in the field at 3 p.m. We have six players from Stradbally on the Waterford team, so your support will be really appreciated. A 5km walk leaving the club at 1 pm and returning to music in the Club. MINOR FOOTBALL Stradbally minors played Gaultier last Sunday morning in Stradbally and had a comfortable win. We were 7 points up after the first fifteen minutes with points coming from Stephen Keane, Michael Sweeney (2), Ger Crowley, and Jack Mullanney (3). We then had points by Daniel Weldon, Michael Sweeney, and Paul Tobin. Just before half-time we had a well taken goal by Stephen Keane, and Jack Mullanney wrapped-up the first half with a point to leave the score at 1-11 to 0-1. After the turnaround Gaultier got a goal after 1 minute. We then had points by Daniel Weldon, Michael Sweeney (2), and Sean Barry. Three more points by Ger Crowley, Paul Tobin, and Cormack Gough, left the final score Stradbally 1-19; Gaultier 2-3. This was a solid performance by everyone involved, from keeper Martin Roche to the full back line of Jack Navin, Mark Walsh, and Nicky Power, the half back line of Ciaran Cusack, Darren McGuckien, and Ger Crowley were always on top. Our midfield of Daniel Weldon and Jack Mullanney had the upper hand all throughout the game. Our half forward line of Michael Ahearn, Michael Sweeney, and Stephen Keane were dominant all through the game, while our full forward line of Sean Barry, Paul Tobin, and Cormack Gough were excellent, as were substitutes Alex Pollock and Thomas Shaw Hamilton. SENIOR FOOTBALL Stradbally Senior Footballers play St. Savours next Friday night, April 4th in Ballybeg at 7 pm in

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Dungarvan captain David Burke, with the cup after the County minor football final in 1984. Standing left to right: John Ormonde, Kieran Curran, Sean McGrath, Derek Lyons, Michael Dwyer, Geoff Allen, David Burke, Dermot Dee, David Power, John Fitzgerald, Bernard Sheehan, Sean McGrath, Tomas McGrath. Seated in front left to right: Fergal O’Donnell, Peter Quealy, Dermot Callaghan, Seamus Mansfield. Missing from photo: Tadhg Donovan. the Senior Football League (Phelan Cup) as we have no points yet this is a must win game. U-8 HURLING Stradbally participated in a hurling blitz on Saturday morning last at Newtown / Ballydurn pitch. Three matches were played against St. Mary’s, Na Gael and Kilmacthomas. Each and every player hurled well, and there was great teamwork displayed by the Stradbally players, on what was a very enjoyable morning for all. Sincere thanks to all the parents for bringing their children to the blitz: Stradbally: Conor Power, Evan Gough, Oran Grant, Liam Leacy, Rian O’Reilly, Oisin Leacy, Maria Grant, John Bruton, Liam Kiersey, Cormac McGrath.

Coaching for this group continues every Friday at 6.30 pm U-13 FOOTBALL Our second round game of U-13 Football v Brickey Rangers takes place on Monday, April 7th DÉISE DRAW The Deise Draw tickets are now available from any committee member. We will ask you once again to contribute to this draw, as it is one of our most important fundraising event. Remember we had a Jackpot Winner last year when Robin Ahearn won €10,000, and we had several other winners. First draw will take place on 25th April. GET WELL SOON Get well soon to Joan Barry who is at present a patient in Waterford Regional Hospital. We hope the stay will be a short one, and looking forward to seeing you out and about again soon. CYCLE DAY A date for your diary is Sunday, 29th June for our annual Cycle Race, as this is an enormous task with the organising of the route and the numerous other tasks. Paul Heffernan is already at work on this event. Watch this Space for further details. RACE NIGHT A change of date for our Race Night to be held in the Social Centre. This will now take place on May 24th This night is to raise funds for field maintenance, as a lot of new equipment has been purchased and must be paid for. This event is being organised by Anthony Morrissey. WINTER LEAGUES Results Round 5. Meath 4-6; Down 4-7. Roscommon 10-4; Kerry 1-4. Cork 7-6; Waterford 7-5. Fixtures Round 6 to be played on Thursday 3rd. Kerry V Down, Meath V Waterford, Roscommon V Cork. ON COUNTY DUTY On county duty last Sunday were Michael 'Brick' Walsh who played against Dublin in Walsh Park, and Tony Grey and Shane Ahearn who played against Wicklow in Aughrim in the football league. LATE JOHN CORBETT The late John Corbett was laid to rest recently in England. John was a former president of Stradbally GAA. A lot of people from Stradbally GAA made the trip to England to pay their respect to a truly great Stradbally supporter, below is the eulogy read at the graveside by his friend Billy Brosnan. John Corbett 2nd June, 1930 to March, 2014 Good Morning everyone. On behalf of John’s family thank you all for coming to pay your respects to such a wonderful and well respected man. John was born on 2nd June, 1930; one of seven children born to Jacky and Babe Corbett.

He had three brothers: Billy, Michael and Seamus and three sisters; Mary (sadly now passed away), Madgie and Alice. In 1953 John came to England and took up lodgings in Clapgate Road, Bushey, along with his good friend Jack Power. It was later that year that John met the love of his life Rita. John and Rita married three years later in 1957 at Holy Rood Church, Watford. However, Rita has reliably informed me that she did have to give John a nudge as he was enjoying his batchelor status a little too much. They made their home in Mendip Road, Bushey with their two children John and Elaine. That happiness was complete when Lauren, the first of their four grandchildren was born following later by Ryan, Matthew and Aiden. John worked for most of his life at Cox’s and Wild Barfield in Watford and after retirement kept himself busy doing gardening around the Bushey area. He grew all his own potatoes, onions, cabbage, runner beans and rhubarb. How John managed to grow anything in that garden I will never know. It was the worst soil I have ever seen but John was a very good gardener and always had a good crop of potatoes. (I have a little story about John’s rhubarb which I will relay a little later on). John was always up for a laugh and he loved to socialise; he probably knew as many people in Bushey and he did in Stradbally. He would look forward to meeting up with old friends from the Bushey, Wealdstone and Watford area over a quiet pint.... or ten at the weekend and on Sunday nights John would meet up with his good friends Joe O’Brien and Ted McCarthy at the Watford Labour Club where they would exchange provincial newspapers from Ireland. He would then head for the Holy Rood Club where he would meet up with more friends from home to catch up on all the gossip. Now, if any of you have visited John’s house, you will know he was a man of many newspapers – his home was more like a newsagents. In addition to the Provincials John Tobin would bring him the Irish Independent, Den Gurney would bring him the Daily Mirror and he would also have the Watford Observer and the Irish Post. John loved the Irish culture. He would take Elaine to all the Irish Dancing Competitions around the London area with the McDonagh and Kett families. On Sunday mornings he would take Elaine into Cricklewood to learn the bagpipes and every Easter he would take young John to watch the Gaelic games at Wembley Stadium. The London GAA Board would invite the best hurling and football teams from Ireland to play exhibition games at Wembley. John and Rita loved their holidays in Ireland and, when John moved to live in Ireland in 1998, they would be make many trips to visit them. In the summer they would holiday in Ballinroad and Stradbally where they would be joined by Elaine, Ryan and Matthew. John was a great supporter of the Stradbally GAA team and his support was rewarded in 2005 when Stradbally won their 5th county final in a row. (This was last achieved from 1940-944 when his Father Jacky, along with his Uncles Tommy and Jimmy played on the team). I think John travelled home to all of those finals. John was a good sportsman and played for Stradbally prior to coming to England. In England he played football for Cox’s and Glen Rovers GAA team. It was whilst playing for Cox’s that he sustained an ankle injury. This injury was thought to be minor but John carried this injury for nearly 55 years until he finally had it operated on four

years ago. He was also accomplished dart player and played for the King Stag in Bushey. And now to go back to the rhubarb.There would never be a dull moment with John around. I remember one occasion when Linda and myself gave John a lift from a function. Ever thoughtful John went into his garden to get some rhubarb for Linda. He was gone for a long time so we went to check on him and, there he was, face down in the rhubarb. .... Obviously carrying out a quality control check. My friend Denis and I tried to pick him up but we ended up on the deck as well. It must have been hilarious to watch. I recall another occasion when John and I went for a drink in a pub in Watford where a Yard of Ale drinking competition was going on. John surveyed the situation and decided not to enter but was happy to challenge anyone to a pint drinking competition whereby the loser had to pay for the pints. A few challengers came forward and John wiped the floor with them. It must have been the first time John didn’t buy a round. But I think the funniest moment was in Ireland when John and three of his mates went to an evening football match about 8 miles from Stradbally village. As was customary after the match they went for a drink. A few hours...... and a good few jars later they tried to set off for home. Only one thing the driver was in no fit state to drive so John volunteered to drive. Now.... John had only every driven fork truck so he drove in first gear most of the way home. A thick fog set in and, on a narrow country road with no lighting, you can imagine how difficult it would have been for a qualified driver. They thought they were lost and when they saw a light in a house they decided to knock on the door and ask directions only to be told by the houseowner “you are in Stradbally”. You couldn’t make it up and I am sure many of you here today will have stories and great memories of John which I hope you will share with Rita and the family later today. John was an amazing man, he had a heart of gold and would give you his last shilling. He was one of the first people to meet me when I arrived at Paddington Station from Ireland in 1963 and the first thing he ask me was “are you OK for money” and gave me a few bob to tide me over. ... Don’t think I ever paid him back. He loved Bushey and the people and when he became sick last summer he had many good wishes sent from the surround area. He had good friends and neighbours and had great support from the Gurney and Tobin families. John was a larger than life character and lived life to the full but in the last few months the years caught up with him. He had the heart of a lion and battled bravely to the end. Two weeks before he died the family were told to come to the Hospital and young John came over from Ireland fearing the worst but John fought on for a further two weeks. When he finally passed away Rita and Elaine were by his bedside. Before I finish this tribute I must tell you of the love and devotion Rita gave to John not only during their lifetime together but also during the months in Langley House and Watford General Hospital. I don’t think she ever missed a day to visit him and would sleep on a chair in the hospital toward the end. No wife could have done more. John you will be sorely missed by all your family and friends, those here today and those who were unable to attend. God Bless you John. Rest in Peace.

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Jennifer Sweeney pictured during the Finnisk Fun Ride from Modeligo to Villierstown.



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Sean Hennessy steers his mount out of the stream at O'Brien’s during the Finnisk Fun Ride from Modeligo to Villierstown. [Dan McGrath]

Dylan Walsh taking part in the Finnisk Fun Ride from Modeligo to Villierstown.

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Anna Fennell taking part in the Finnisk Fun Ride from Modeligo to Villierstown.

Emma McGrath steers her mount out of the stream at O'Brien’s during the Finnisk Fun Ride from Modeligo to [Dan McGrath] Villierstown.

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Louis McGrath jumping out of the stream at O'Brien’s during the Finnisk Fun Ride from Modeligo to Villierstown. [Dan McGrath]


ATHLETICS West Waterford A.C. Juveniles

Mary Kate Prendergast wins McGrath’s Newagents Colligan Cup HEAVY rain and slippery underfoot conditions caused the cancellation earlier this year of the juvenile section of the Colligan Cup. It took place in the Friary last Friday. Sixty young athletes from West Waterford took part in the event. Each had to run /jog a full 2,000m lap and predict the time they would run it in. This was quite a challenge in itself for some of the younger athletes and many underestimated their fitness coming home well before the clock hit zero. The first of the youngsters went off at fifteen minutes with the last going at 7 mins 20. Mary Kate Prendergast was spot on in her predicted time and crossed the line just

as the clock hit zero. She was closely followed by Tommy Fennell, Aoibheann Connaughton, Eva Healy and Patrick Walsh who all finished within five seconds of their predicted time. Our thanks to Albert McGrath, McGraths Newsagents for his continued sponsorship of this event. Training continues every Wed and Friday at 6pm. New members are always welcome. UPCOMING FIXTURES Sunday, 6th April Leevale Open Sports CIT. Wed., 9th April Waterford Schools Track and Field Championships RSC. Sunday., 13th April Ferrybank Open Sport RSC.

Mary Kate Prendergast winner of the 2014 Colligan Cup. Easter Monday St. Senans Open Sports.

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Successful Munster Road Championships SUMMER time was officially kicked off on the racing calendar with the Munster Road Championships taking centre stage on Sunday. Set on the roads surrounding the Brickey Rangers GAA Centre, athletes from all across the Province turned out to take part in the championships. For KCK Gary Cantwell and John Behan took to the line, with strong performance from both. Gary Cantwell secured two Munster medals when he was scoring members of the Waterford team that took silver in both the novice and senior categories. In the novice category Gary finished a very strong 12th place in a time of 21.40, with John following home in 20th place in 22.20. In the senior category both athletes

finished 14th and 22nd places respectively. Both athletes did very well and will have a packed racing agenda ahead over the coming months. The club would like to extend a big thanks to the host club West Waterford AC on providing such a well organised event for the province. Thanks to James Veale and his team of helpers for their work on the day. TRAINING Training is now back in full swing with a good turnout of athletes last week. It is good to see some familiar faces as well as new athletes taking part. Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6-7 pm are the training times, all welcome. Registration forms available on the night and it is important

all athletes and coaches register for insurance purposes and affiliation to Athletics Ireland. KCK ON THE WEB Keep in touch with all things to do with the club on the club’s website COUNTY BOARD MEETING A County Board meeting will be held on Monday night (April 7th) at 8pm in St. Augustine’s College, Abbeyside. FIXTURES April 11th/12th: Intervarsity Track and Field Championships: RSC April 13th: Ferrybank Open Sports: RSC at 12 noon April 21st: Kilmacow Open Sports: Kilmacow Complex at 1pm

MTS Media Sponsored Ballinroad 5K kick-starts Summer Series FRIDAY week, April 11th see’s the start of the Ger Wyley Sports/Nike summer series for 2014 when a completely new race will take place. The MTS Media Ballinroad 5k starting at 7 pm with Dungarvan Rugby club as the race H.Q. (by kind permission) Our sincere thanks to club committee member John Coleman for attaining the sponsorship for this race. As you know in West Waterford AC we like to cater for all and have different prize structures in all our races, for the Ballinroad race we will have prizes for the top 6 men and women with spots for down the field finishers and for only a €5 entry fee we will have chip timing at no added cost to you the runners. The course chosen for the race is an excellent out and back course which is very flat so if your first attempt at the 5k distance or you’re looking for a fast time on a flat- fast course this is your opportunity to shine. Full race details in next weeks notes.

Barry Keane, Bonmahon, competing with the Irish team of 8 boys (Intermediate age group) representing Ireland in the International Schools Cross country which took place on Saturday, March 22nd in Bolton, England. Barry finished 17th overall and helped the Irish Team to finish 2nd place bringing home a silver medal. Barry is a pupil of St. Declan’s Community College, Kilmacthomas.

Club Snippets … COUNTY TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS The two dates, as decided upon at the last County Board meeting, for our County T&F Championships this year are May 11th and May 25th. COUNTY BOARD MEETING The next County Board meeting will take place on Monday, April 7th in St. Augustine’s College, Abbeyside, Dungarvan at 8 pm. RUNNING QUOTE If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try. SYMPATHY West Waterford athletic club extends sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Mrs. Joan Bennett, Ballysaggart, and Tommy Power, 1 The Orchard, Mitchell Street, Dungarvan, who passed to their eternal reward recently, may they rest in peace.

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20th Annual Ger Wyley Sports/Skins Summer series launched At a photo launch recently at Ger Wyley’s sports store Dungarvan in the presence of David Ling Skins general manager for Ireland and UK and David Mc Carthy Skins manager Ireland along with Ger Wyley and James Veale chairman West Waterford Athletic Club the 20th Annual Ger Wyley Sports/Skins summer series was announced for 2014. The series this year passes a milestone in local running terms as it celebrates its 20th year and James Veale club chairman on behalf of the club and all the runners who take part in this series thanked Ger especially for his many years of unbroken sponsorship and his huge contribution to the club and the local athletics scene over so many years. We owe Ger a great amount of gratitude for his on-going input behind the scenes to this event and indeed all the clubs activities at both Senior and Juvenile level, this series is the original and the only 11 race summer series in the country, a fact that we are very proud of here in West Waterford AC. Ger himself thanked Skins for coming onboard for the second year as co series sponsors, he thanked David Ling and David McCarthy for their involvement and commitment again this year to the road racing series here in West Waterford and he also spoke of his delight to have been associated with the club and the series for all of 20 years. Ger also took the opportunity to thank the club and its members for their support to his business for the past 25 years and he is looking forward to many more years of his stores involvement with the club. Skins General Manager for the UK & Ireland David Ling said, “We were extremely pleased to have had the opportunity of becoming involved with this established and prestigious event last year for the first time and again this year we are again very pleased to continue with this involvement as it provides an excellent platform for Skins to be able to communicate direct with the running community in association with one of Ireland’s most reputable sports retailers” David McCarthy Skins manager in Ireland spoke of his association with the store which he said was ideally located in the heart of Dungarvan town. Ger Wyley Sports have participated in the SKINS Compression Centre programme. As a SKINS Compression Centre, and as the largest sports store in the south east, they offer potential Skins customers great personal service and advice and a wide range of garments from which to choose the right product relevant to their individual sport. The annual Ger Wyley Sports/SKINS Summer Series in West Waterford gets under way on Friday, 11th

At a photo launch last week at Ger Wyley Sports Store, Dungarvan, in the presence of David Ling, Skins general manager for Ireland, along with Ger Wyley of Ger Wyley Sports and James Veale, Chairman West Waterford Athletic Club the 20th Annual Ger Wyley Sports/Skins Summer series was announced for 2014. April with the 1st Annual MTS Media Ballinroad 5k road race. There is an 11 race programme during the summer months, culminating in the GSK 5 mile on Friday, August 22nd. For further information please contact James 0868184762 or BEST VALUE SERIES AT 5 EURO ENTRY FEE Last year the club reduced its race entry fee to 5 euro and the results was increased numbers participating in our events, this year we have decided to continue this trend with a 5 euro entry fee for club organised races in the series and an added bonus this year is that our races will be chipped timed with no added cost to you the runner. (where would you get it). The overall prize fund for the series increased last year and this was achievable with thanks to the generosity of our great sponsors. We will continue with the same prize fund for this year also. As a non-profit making club which has always strived to cater for all levels of participants and promoted itself as having events organised for runners by runners, we know from the feedback that runners appreciated the effort’s being made by our club in this matter and participants from far and near came and supported our efforts by participating in West Waterford organised events. We're really looking forward to seeing runners of all standards back again this coming summer series. ATHLETES INFORMATION FOR SUMMER SERIES 1. You must pay to enter each race - if you would like to join the series, you pay €5 separately. 2. For those that join the series, we keep track of your finishing position in each race that you do and your final score will be your best 5 races. You must do a minimum of 6 races to count in the series. 3. After the final race, prizes will be awarded to the

top ten men overall and also to the 20th, 30th, 40th man, every 10th position. 4. In the ladies, prizes will be awarded to the top five women overall and also to the 10th, 15th, 20th finisher, every 5th finisher. 5. A €30 SKINS voucher (redeemable at Ger Wyley Sports Shop) will be awarded to any runner that takes part in any 6 of the 11 races. CAN YOU COMPLETE FIVE FROM TEN? We will continue this year with the rewards system where any runner that completes 6 out of the 11 races will once again qualify for a SKINS voucher redeemable at Ger Wyley’s Sports to the value of €30, where else would you get it. ? COURSE RECORDS GER WYLEY SPORTS/NIKE SUMMER SERIES 2014. Marine Climb 10k: James Sullivan 1995 30.20 Siobhan O’Doherty 2009 37.48 Waterford – Tramore 7 miles: Sandis Bralitis 2010 36.44 Pauline Lambe 2010 44.03 Clashmore 5 miles: Sandis Bralitis 2008 24.58 Pauline Lambe 2010 29.45 Touraneena 5k: David McCarthy 2008 14.26 Vanessa Molloy 1997 17.41 Ras Na Rinne 6 miles: William Harty 2000 29.14 Lori Stitch 1998 35.14 and Pauline Lambe 2009 35.14 Dromana 5 miles: John Treacy 1994 23.49 Pauline Lambe 2010 29.20 Glaxosmithkline 5 miles: Sandis Bralitis 2008 24.34 Sinead Cummins 2004 29.20 Ballymacarbry 5 miles: David McCarthy 2012 23.55 Pauline Lambe 2010 29.48 Ardmore 5 miles: Sandis Bralitis 2009 24.35 Madeline Loughnane 2009 29.06

MICHEÁL O HOGÁIN CUP REVIOUS WINNERS The following are a list of the previous overall winners of the summer series: Male- James O’Sullivan (1995-1997) Philip Harty (1996) William Harty(1998-19992000-2001-2003) Peter Duggan (2002-2004) Raivis Zakis (2005-20122013) Sandis Bralitis (2006, 2007,

2008, 2009, 2010) Brian Murphy (2011) Female-Rebecca Harty (1995) Una Murray (1996) Geraldine Guiry (1997) Jackie (Stamp) Carty (1998) Catherine Hennessey (19992000-2001) Corinna Walsh (2002) Jackie Carty (2003-2004-2005-2006) Sinead Crotty (2007) Corinna Walsh (2002-20082011-2012) Pauline Lambe (2009-2010) Nollaig O’Neill (2013)

ZUZANA MALIKOVA VOUCHER Club member, Zuzana Malikova has once again this year as she did the last two year’s generously agreed to donate a prize of 2 Sports Massage vouchers for each of the races in the summer series. Our thanks go to Zuzana for donating these prizes to the summer series. We in turn ask our summer series runners to support Zuzana and all our sponsors when appropriate. Zuzana is a Neuromuscular Physical Therapist and Massage therapist and is based at the Complementary Health Clinic, Tournore, Abbeyside. She can be contacted at 0871218721. WEST WATERFORD ATHLETIC CLUB GER WYLEY SPORTS/SKINS SUMMER ROAD RACING SERIES 2014. Race 1 Ballinroad 5k 11th April 2014 Race 2 Butlerstown 4 Mile 19th April 2014 Race 3 Waterford to Tramore 7.5 Mile 3rd May 2014 Race 4 Ardmore 5 mile 23rd May 2014 Race 5 Touraneena 5K 30th May 2014 Race 6 Clashmore 5 Mile 13th June 2014 Race 7 Dromana 5 Mile 20th June 2014 Race 8 Ras Na Rinne 6 Mile 4th July 2014 Race 9 Ballymacarbry 5 Mile 25th July 2014 Race 10 Marine Climb 6 Mile 8th August 2014 Race 11 GSK 5 Mile 22nd August 2014

All individual race details can be viewed at or on club face book.


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West Waterford’s Joe Gough crowned World champion WORLD over 60 800 metres indoor record holder Joe Gough was once again the man to beat last weekend at the World Masters indoor championships in Budapest, Literally he was the man to beat as no one managed the task as he wrote yet another chapter in the Joe Gough book of athletic history with an outstanding week of high achievements. Starting on Wednesday with the heats of the 800 metres Joe finished 13th here with a best time of 2.32.08 to make it through to the semi finals which were held on the Thursday with 9 to qualify for the final. Joe duly won his semi-final in a time of 2.23 to reach Friday’s final. The Owning man was superb in the final he outclassed, out smarted and outpaced the field of 9 to clinch his very 1st world gold medal in a time of 2.15.08. The former Mitchell St man stormed around the last 200m in 30 seconds to clinch the title ahead of Nolan Shaheed (United States) second in 2.16.18 and Francois Martel (Canada) third in 2.18.98. But as one who was there said Joe was really in a class of his own but we know his no flash in the pan of

West Waterford's Joe Gough crosses the finish line to claim gold in the 800 metres Masters World Indoor Championships in Budapest [Photo courtesy of Tom Philips]

course, when you consider he holds 75 national titles,

has a tally of 6 European gold medals along with 2 world silver medals and now a world gold and bronze for the collection it really is amazing. What drives Joe is his appetite to compete and with little rest Joe decided to run the 1.500 event as well and ran in the heats on Saturday morning where he finished 3rd fastest from the 26 competitors in a time of 4.47.54 to qualify for Sunday’s final. In Sunday’s Final Joe was once again in the thick of the action and on this occasion took the bronze world medal over a distance which is not his favourite distance but if he was to be beaten here at least it was by a fellow Irish competitor as Brian Lynch took the gold ahead of Martinus Van Der Hoorn of the Netherlands. All three athletes ahead of Joe here were inside the old world record such was the quality of the field. None the less it was a fantastic week for Joe to achieve a gold and a bronze medal at world masters level. All in the club are delighted for you Joe. 800 METRES OVER 60 WORLD FINISHING PLACES AND TIMES 1 Gough, Joe M61


2:15,08 2 Shaheed, Nolan M64 United State 2:16,18 3 Martel, Francois M60 Canada 2:18,98 4 Rentsch, Walter M60 Germany 2:19,79 5 Dunlop, Alastair M60 Great Britain 2:21,15 6 Herinckx, Josse M61 Belgium 2:21,24 7 Finielli, Giovanni M63 Italy 2:21,37 8 Sato, Ryuichi M60 Japan 2:22,49 9 Schmidt, Franz Josef M62 Germany 2:22,58

1.500 METRES OVER 60 WORLD FIINISING PLACES AND TIMES. 1 Lynch, Brian M60 Ireland 4:26,62 2 van der Hoorn, Martinus M61 Netherlands 4:28,15 3 Gough, Joe M61 Ireland 4:33,68 4 Shaheed, Nolan M64 United State 4:39,39 5 Dunlop, Alastair M60 Great Britai 4:39,74 6 Stolwijk, Cees M64 Netherlands 7 Rentsch, Walter M60 Germany 4:47,28 8 Archer, Kevin M60 Great Britai 4:47,74 9 Finielli, Giovanni M63 Italy 4:51,09 10 Oxland, David M62 Great Britai 4:53,29 11 Chamusca, Fernando M63 Portugal 4:56,03 12 Vaagstoel, Karl M62 Norway 4:56,97


Colligan Spring Running League kicks-off ROUND 1 of the Mason Mortgages and Financial Services Colligan Spring League took place last Wednesday evening on a perfect evening for running. As the Marine Climb is being held later in the Summer Series we decided to postpone the start of this league for 2 weeks this year which meant we had just 1 night’s running before the clock changes. Thankfully it was a bright evening and we got underway exactly at 6.30 p.m. with a marvellous number of 114 participants in this league, 19 completing the 2 laps, 26 ran the 5 mile flat course which is 3½ laps of the wood and road and finally 69 took on the challenging 5 mile hill route. This league will continue for the next 3 Wednesday evenings (April 2nd, 9th and 16th) so why not come along and give it a go for yourself. Come along to the club van around 6 o’clock and we will get you started. 2 LAPS The 2 lappers were led home this week by Ardmore man Richard Stilwell in an excellent time of 16.41 and in second place this week was a lady everyone was delighted to see back running. Local lady Norma Wall has been out for the past 2 years with a long term injury and finally made her return this week in Colligan and in a fast time too of 20.03. Ann Quinn (20.43) has taken part in this league for the last few years and consistently runs

Tom Longan pictured with sponsors Mark and Amy Mason at last Wednesday evenings Mason Mortgages and Financial Services Colligan running league. around 20 minutes here; she was followed home this week by Micheal Moynihan in 22.27. Well done to everyone who took part and remember if you want to change to the 5 miles any week you can, just let us know when you are entering. 5 MILES FLAT We had 26 runners taking part in the 5 mile flat route which of course is the same course as the Colligan Cup race held in January. Runners must make their way to the starting point near the stone bridge and assemble there until the race begins. The route takes in 3 ½ laps approximately of the

wood and road and is a most enjoyable run. Michael Ryan and Jason Travers must have been close together in this one as they crossed the line just a second apart in 30.50 and 30.51 respectively which is great running for this course. Aidan Landers a relative newcomer to running is taking to it like a duck to water and was third home here in 31.08 and could not be separated from David Towey also finishing in 31.08. First lady to finish was Corinna Walsh in 34.59 while Deirdre McCurtin was next in 38.54. It was great to see so many Winter League participants taking part in this league as

well as so many regulars. Well done to all who took part in week 1 and keep up the efforts for the next 3 week’s lads it will be worth it. 5 MILE HILLS A great crowd of 69 runners took part on the first night of the league with 42 men and 27 ladies completing the challenging course. First home on the night was Philip Harty in 31.20 with Kevin Kenneally just 18 seconds behind in 31.38 while Sean Stilwell was third home in 32.14. Another man who loves the hills, Harry O’Brien was 4th home in 33.12. while next to cross the finish line was Tom Leahy (33.13) fresh from his pb in Mallow when he broke 60 minutes for the first time. Niamh O’Donovan and Sandra Prendergast had a great battle over the course and finished just seconds apart with Niamh recording 39.17 and Sandra just behind in 39.20. Well done to all who took up the challenge of the hills this week and remember, what doesn’t kill you will definitely make you stronger. SPONSORS AND THANK YOUS Once again thanks to Mark Mason of Mason Mortgages and Financial Services Cappoquin for his kind sponsorship and also for his attendance at the league each year. As always thank you to all our helpers, Sharon and Shirley who took the entries, stewarded and manned the finish line and of course Liam who looked after the timing.

West Waterford Munster Senior club team champions 2014 and Munster Silver Novice Ladies team back row l-r Sinead Mansfield, Josie Ui Chuirrin, Sharon Higgins, Una Mulligan, Liz Nyhan, Orla O'Mahony, front l-r Niamh O'Donovan, Karen Ryan, Sinead De Faoite, Corinna Walsh.


West Waterford ladies are Munster senior champions MENS TEAM TAKE SILVER THE club had the honour last Sunday of hosting this year’s Munster senior and Novice road championships and the day went off brilliantly. The days racing was made all the sweeter for the club as plenty of Munster medals were brought home by our athletes. We had teams competing in all 4 categories which were pleasing for the club as we were hosting the event. The Ladies race over 4 miles was first down for decision and over the fast course victory went to Aisling Moran Leevale AC 24.15 in the Novice and Clonmel’s Angela McCann 24.23 took the senior ladies race. Our Ladies senior team had a great team performance and each and everyone of them are to be congratulated on firstly participating and secondly the great performances they all achieved securing team senior gold team medals for the club and

county silver medals, in the novice section our Ladies took team silver medals and county bronze all in all great running form the girls. The team consisted of Sinead Mansfield, Josie Ui Chuirrin, Sharon Higgins, Una Mulligan, Liz Nyhan, Orla O'Mahony, Niamh O'Donovan, Karen Ryan, Sinead De Faoite, Corinna Walsh. In the Men’s race which was held immediately after the ladies race the fast course threw up very fast times with East Cork’s James McCarthy 19.33 taking the gold individual medal while the novice title went to Niall McCormack, Clonmel AC 20.01 West Waterford Men's Senior team also ran brilliantly to take silver team medals and some were on the senior county silver medal winning team also, the novice team took bronze club and scored on the silver county team also. The men’s team consisted

of Tony Ferncombe, Philip Harty, Rory Moloney, Tom Leahy, John Leahy, Damien Murphy, Jason Travers, Ray Hahesy, Mark Cliffe, Nicky Connolly, and Kevin Kenneally. Our thanks to all who helped in any way with the event especially our stewards, Patrick Lannen, Trevor Mason, Liam Kavanagh, Liam Crowe, Jim Fleming, Pat Fitzgerald who did a great job, to Tom Leahy for his work with the club teams and likewise John Behan County secretary for his work on the country teams. The Brickey GAA club for the kind use of their club house and caretaker Gerry Tobin, to Liam O’Donnell on van duty, to Gerry Cantwell, Karen Ryan and Orla O’Mahony who looked after the catering and Jamie Mills and Conor Norris for their help on the day also. And once again well done to you the club runners.

West Waterford Men's Senior team who took silver team medals and bronze Novice team medals at the Munster road championship back row l-r: Tony Ferncombe, Philip Harty, Rory Moloney, Tom Leahy, John Leahy, Damien Murphy, Jason Travers. Front Row L-R Ray Hahesy, Mark Cliffe, Nicky Connolly, Kevin Kenneally.



DUNGARVAN GOLF CLUB Tel. Office 058-43310, Fax. 058-44113, Pro Shop 058-44707. Website:; Email: WEEKLY NEWS With improving weather and the hour change we had another eventful week at the club. Popular member Gerry Raher and his wife Michelle announced the arrival of their third child on Monday last. Mother and Kizzy are doing well. Niamh Reynolds showed her class in winning Orla Sheehan's Captain's Prize in the Home Alliance. Alan Thomas showed that the new clubs are working with a "hole in one" at Tramore resulting in 67 shots. Derek Power followed up his win last week with another win. Not all good news as we had our fourth match in the 2014 South-East League with poor results against our neighbours Gold Coast. Our Purcell team were beaten 2-1. Our Bruen team lost all three matches again. It's back to the drawing board for Mossie & Rogie. The Spring League is in full flowHarty and we are now at the Final stage. The Henry Cotton team will face the Christy O'Connor team in what should be an exciting final. The final will take place on Sunday, 13th April from 11 am to 12 noon in straight matchplay. Many thanks to Club Professional David Hayes for his generous sponsorship. We look forward to another eventful week with our visitors enjoying our facilities in the Dungarvan Senior Pairs Classic. SOUTH EAST SCRATCH FOURBALL CHAMPIONSHIP 2014 Men's Open Fourball Tournament, Sunday, 6th April Shotgun Start at 8.30 a.m. Limited To First 46 Pairs €60 Per Pair (Lunch Included), 36 Holes Strokeplay Handicap Limit 5. Entries close MONDAY, 31ST MARCH 2014 at 5 p.m. PRIZE FUND (Depending on Entries). For bookings Contact: Irene (058) 43310. Full Payment Is Required To Confirm Booking.

JB CARR TROPHY Next Thursday, 3rd April we take on Carrick Golf Club in Carrick in the first round of the JB Carr Trophy. The team selected is Mossie Walsh & Denis O'Brien, Jack Elstead & Martin Lynch, JP Hayes & Michael Morrissey, Seamus O'Neill & Jim Moroney and Rogie O'Connor & Tom Burke. The match tees off at 2pm sharp. Best of luck lads. JOLLY BOYS OUTING The Men's Club have arranged an outing to Blarney Golf Resort on Friday, 16th May and Saturday 17th. Two games of golf, an evening meal, B&B in the hotel and a lot of craic is on offer and David Hayes is taking names. Only a few places left so call David. The tee is reserved from 1.30 on Friday afternoon. 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 05843310 or email at to avail at this offer. NOTES FROM THE PROSHOP Watch out for our special Spring offers from the ProShop. Members will receive an email regarding each weeks bargain. Resident PGA Professional David Hayes received the new range of Cobra, Callaway and Ping equipment this week as well as the new Ladies range of Green Lamb clothing. David has demo clubs for you to try and he also offers free custom fitting to ensure you get the most of your equipment. More new arrivals are expected in the next few weeks. 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

Lismore Golf Club Phone 058-54026. Email: Website: MEN’S RESULTS & FIXTURES Saturday 24th to Sunday, 30th March – 12 Holes Singles Stableford sponsored by Bank of Ireland, Lismore: 1st P. J. Coughlan (10) 31 pts.; 2nd Jim Cashman (21) 30 pts.

This week’s winner is Lismore man P. J. Coughlan with an impressive 31 points. P. J. was getting warmed up for his and his teams tilt at winning the spring league this week. His level par round was by any standards excellent golf, pars, pars, pars, the

GUI RULES ROADSHOW The GUI is hosting a Rules Roadshow on Thurs., 3rd April at 7.30 p.m. in the Gold Coast Hotel. Members from Dungarvan, Gold Coast and West Waterford are invited to attend. This may be an ideal opportunity for Cups and Shields participants to brush up on their rules knowledge before they get into action. Ladies and gents are welcome, please contact the office on 058 43310 to book your place. JUNIOR NOTES Our Irish Junior Foursomes team are in action next Saturday 5th April At Tramore. Our Team is Gabriel Leacy & Conor Foley and Jake O'Riordan & Sean Whelan Barrett. The subs are Niall Buckley & Daniel Raher. Best of luck lads. Tuition for our beginners and PreJuniors continues next Saturday 5th April at 3 pm 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 nonmembers from the age of 6 so tell your nipper to bring a friend. Equipment is provided and tuition costs 2 euro per child. Tuition for our elite juniors continues next Friday 4th at 5.30 pm at the club. Adult members are welcome to attend. Our Elite squad includes Gabriel Leacy, Jack Mullaney, Jake O'Riordan, Michael Troy, Paddy Dwane, Conor Foley, Jack Dwane, Ethan Raher, Niall Buckley, Sean Whelan Barrett, Daniel Treen, Charlie Treen, John Treen, Daniel Raher & Shane Kiely. 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. DUNGARVAN GENTS RESULTS Wed/Thurs 26th/27th 18 Holes Open Singles & Spring League: 1st Jim Moroney (15) 43 pts, 2nd Tom Burke (12) 40 pts, Gross Jimmy O'Donnell 29 pts. 28/29 March Gents Singles S/F: 1st Mossie Walsh (6) 43 pts, 2nd John Regan (11) 42 pts, Gross Conor Barrett (5) 35 Gross pts, 3rd Dermot Walsh (5) 39 pts, Sun 30th Singles & Spring

only exception was a birdie and a bogey to keep the card interesting! Second this week is the ever popular Jim Cashman, Jim had a very impressive 30 points which included 5 pars and a birdie on the 4th for his round. Paddy O’Flynn will taking note for the Belvedere Cup panel I would say!! Well done to both men. DERMOT O’LEARY SPRING LEAGUE The final matches for the League and Plate in the Dermot O’Leary Spring League will now take place on the week beginning 31st March because of the condition of the greens at present.

Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 4 April, 2014

Taking part in the Ladbrokes Waterford Cheltenham Golf outing at Mount Juliet Golf Club were Nicky English Team of Nicky English, Dick O'Sullivan, Richie Galway and Gared Carthy. [Sean Byrne//Deise Sport]

League: 1st Derek Power (17) 43 pts, 2nd Frank O'Riordan (23) 40 pts, Gross John Reynolds (Scr) 39 pts, 3rd Denis O'Brien (19) 39 pts. GENTS FIXTURES Mon 31st 18 Holes Open Seniors (50+) Singles; Wednesday, 2nd Dungarvan Senior Pairs Classic. Thurs 3rd Gents 18 Holes Open Singles. Fri 4rd 18 Holes Singles. Sat 5th 18 Holes Singles Monthly Medal. Sun 6th Gents South East Scratch Fourball. Mon 7th 18 Holes Open Seniors (50+) & Autumn Seniors. DUNGARVAN LADIES RESULTS Tues. 25th March 18 Holes Winner: Orla Sheehan (21) 39pts, 2nd Pat Flanagan (19) 38pts, 3rd Mary Fleming (29) 37pts, 4th Teresa Hayes (20) 36pts. Sat 29th 18 Holes Singles Winner: Niamh Reynolds (11) 38 pts., 2nd Deirdre Ruane (20) 37 pts, 3rd Maria Ryan (24) 35 pts, 4th Mai O'Brien (18) 35 pts.

Home Alliance Captain's Prize (Orla Sheehan) Winner: Niamh Reynolds (11) 38 pts, 2nd Deirdre Ruane (20) 37 pts, Gross Breda McCarthy (6) 23 pts, 3rd Maria Ryan (24) 35pts, Past Captain Teresa Hayes (20) 33 pts, 4th Mai O'Brien (18) 35 pts, 5th Pat Flanagan (19) 33 pts, 6th Creina O'Sullivan (29) 33 pts, 7th Marie Fives (18) 32 pts, 8th Christine O'Keeffe (27) 32 pts, Cat A Bridget Aherne (14) 32 pts, Cat B Ina Considine (21) 31 pts, Cat C Margaret Harty (29) 29 pts, Front 9 Ruth Byrne (28) 19pts, Back 9 June Hayes (25) 16pts. DUNGARVAN LADIES FIXTURES Mon 31st 18 Holes Open Seniors (50+). Tues. 1st April Start of Season Scramble. Sat. 5th Ladies Singles S/F. Tues. 8th Open Ladies Singles S/F. LADIES GOLF LESSONS Our resident professional David Hayes is commencing a course of Ladies lessons. Starting on Wednesday, April

2nd David is holding two sessions at 11am and 6.30 pm. These lessons are very popular so book early to avoid disappointment. Come and improve your golf in a fun and friendly environment. David can be contacted at 05844707. PROGRESSIVE 45 Results 28th March: Winners: Tom Phelan & Michael Fitzgerald, Runners up: John Motherway & Redmond Foley, Gina Quinlan & Pat Cunningham, Pat Phelan & Pat McGovern, Vincent & Teresa Hayes, Last 5: James Power & Aine Veale ; Lucky Table: Tomas Carroll & Michael Harney. SIXTY.COM Results 26th March: Winner: Sean Gormley (19) 22 pts, Best Lady: Anna Harney (30) 16 pts, Best Gent: Donal Verling (17) 22 pts. Next Competition: Wed. 9th at 2 p.m. YOUNGONES Results 26th Mar: Winner Mary Fleming (29) 18 pts. Next Competition: Wed. 9th at 11.30 p.m. Annual Party.

Dinner at 2 p.m. Please enter your name in the Locker room. SENIORS PAIRS CLASSIC This annual competition which attracts visitors from All over Ireland and the UK. There are three rounds of Golf and entry for Ä83 and this will take place on Tues 1st, Weds., 2nd & Thurs., 3rd April, 2014 over the three local courses. This is a team event which is open to all golfers aged 55 and over. The teams can be ladies, men or mixed with a handicap limit of 24 for men and 36 for ladies and a handicap cert will be required. There three different formats in use over the three days, a two person rumble fourball betterball and a two person Dixie. Each teams aggregate score will count for the three days from 3 formats. There will be a prize for each day and overall. Please contact the tournament director on 058 44055 or e mail

See below list of teams involved in the finals. Final Matches Week 8 (31st March – 6th April): Team F (Pat Morrissey) - Vs. - Team E (P. J. Coughlan). Plate: Team G (Liam Feeney), Team M (Patsy Heaphy), Team N (Richard Ormonde Jnr.), Team O (John Whelan). FIXTURES Monday, 31st March / Sunday, 6th April – 12 Holes Singles Stableford. CUTTING SEASON! Our first 18 holes Counting competition for 2014 will take place on Saturday 12th & Sunday, 13th April. Sponsored by;

Cunningham’s Hardware, Tallow. Tuesday Bacon for 2014 starts 1st April at 5.45 p.m. If you’re running late ring ahead to include your name for the draw. MEMBERSHIP Membership is due now so please pay as soon as you can please. As with every organisation cash-flow is important so please pay as soon as possible. LADIES NEWS Round 6 of The East Cork Oil Sponsored League has been extended until Saturday, April 5th due to essential maintenance on the course. This is our last 12

hole week so ladies you have another chance to tighten up the scores before we head into the last week of 18 holes. Remember you may still play in weekly competition even if you are not on a league team. There is a few points seperating the teams but plenty more to be got out there on the course. TEAM PLACINGS Team B capt Joan Cahillane 417 pts; Team C capt Marie Condon 410 pts; Team D capt Fiona Howard 399 pts; and Team E capt Patricia Lonergan 392 pts. FIXTURES Saturday, March 22nd –

Saturday, April 5th - 6th Round East Cork Oil Sponsored Spring League 12 Holes S/ford €4 entry €3 reentry. Sunday, 6th April to Saturday, 12th April - Round 7 & Final Round - 18 Holes S/F NO RE-ENTRY €5 entry fee. Club Subscriptions now overdue, any Lady who has not paid her sub by the end of the Spring League and has won a prize will not be entitled to collect it. Thank you in advance for your co-operation. Our deepest sympathies to the Bennett family on their recent bereavement.


Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 4 April, 2014


Nicky Hayes v Ian Pericho Darren Power v Mick Ahern Leo Wall v Maurice Fennell Fred McGuckian v Rogie Cashin Joe Curran v Peter Fitzgerald Jerome Maye v Austin Kiely

You can contact us by phoning 058-44055 Our email address is: Our website is: RESULTS Tuesday, 25th March: Open Seniors: 1st: John J. Fitzgerald (18) 36 pts Mountain View. Friday, 28th March: Open Singles: 1st: Stephen Green (12) 38 pts. Saturday, 29th March: Club Competition. 1st: Paddy Walsh (16) 44 pts; 2nd: Leo Wall (17) 44 pts; Gross: David O’Connor (6) 35 pts Sunday, 30th March: 10 Hole Scramble: 1st: John White, Johnny Burns and Margaret Curran; 2nd: Derek Power, Margaret Mulhearne and Gerardine Hallinan; 3rd: Kiki Cullinan, Mary Dunford and Bernie Morrissey; 4th: Mark Lenihan, Seanie Lenihan, Eilo Fitzgerald and Kay Claassen; 5th: Ray Moloney, Mary Kiely and Ruth Hannigan; 6th: Johnny Hughes, Rosie Murphy and Marie Hayes; 7th: Tommy Reynolds, Nicholas Fitzgerald and Loraine Birney; 8th: Liam Clancy, Martina Corkery and Didi Hannigan. FIXTURES Tuesday, 1st April: Open Seniors, 50+, Ladies and Gents. Friday, 4th April: Open 18 Holes Stableford. Saturday, 29th March: Club Competition. Sunday, 30th March: April Monthly Medal, Blue and Stroke. Tuesday, 8th April: Open Seniors, 50+, Ladies and Gents.

CAPTAIN’S DRIVE IN The Captains Drive In took place on Sunday last and all three Captains managed to hit extremely good drives on the first hole. It was also the first time that the new Ladies tee on the first hole was used. A very enjoyable 10 hole scramble followed the drivein and the presentation of prizes took place afterwards. RULES ROAD SHOW FOR 3 GOLF CLUBS On Thursday, 3rd April The GUI Rules Road Show will come to the Gold Coast to give a demonstration on the rules of golf. This show is for all three local clubs and the GUI have agreed to come and do the show for 3 years, next year in West Waterford and the following year in Dungarvan. The time has been confirmed for 7.30 p.m. MICHAEL WHITE MEMORIAL CLUB FOURSOMES The draw for this competition will take place at 4 p.m. on Sunday, 6th April. The entry fee for this competition is €5 and this must be paid before the draw takes place. PREMIUM BUTCHERS AT DAWN MEATS WINTER LEAGUE FINAL The following were the matches played: Liam Clancy v John Burns Billy Power v Daniel Flynn Tomas Wall v Jimmy Beresford Gerry Whelan v Dean Golds James Hayes v Tom Considine Dermot Ahern v Conor Clancy Niall Curran v Declan Kiely

West Waterford Golf & Country Club Telephone: 058-43216. Fax: 058-44343.E-mail: Website: COMPETITION RESULTS Weekly Club Competition week ending Sunday, 30th March Cat 1. 1st. Daniel Burke (6) – 36 pts,back 6, 2nd. Barry Power (8) – 36 pts. Cat 2. 1st. Stephen Spillane (12) – 43 pts, 2nd. Owen O’Keeffe (10) – 40 pts Cat 3. 1st. Paul Carroll (16) – 40 pts, 2nd. Eddie Glavin (17) – 38 pts back 9 Cat 4. John R Walsh (23) – 36 pts, 2nd. Johnnie Curran (20) – 34 pts. SOUTH EAST LEAGUE West Waterford shared the points with Fermoy in very testing conditions at East Cork on Saturday. We now await the outcome of next Sunday’s final round at West Waterford to see who tops the table in Group 1.

FIXTURES Wednesday, 2nd April – Al Eile Open Men’s Qualifier Friday, 4th April – South Munster Open Seniors Saturday 5th/Sunday, 6th April – Club Competition 18 hole stableford. Sunday, 6th April – South East League 11.30 – 1.30 Summer Scramble: Friday 11th April. Shotgun start at 6.30 p.m. Saturday, April 12th – Sunday, April 20th. Sunshine Classic at West Waterford. COMERAGH OIL WINTER LEAGUE FINAL Whiting Bay and Canty will contest this year’s Winter league final. As in previous rounds the semi-finals went right to the wire with some matches being decided on the 21st hole. Captains

Abbeyside eventually came out on top and recorded their first League victory since 2000. Maurice Fennell was very proud of his ‘Village Vikings’ and I have no doubt that they will have celebrated this win long into Sunday night. Team ViceCaptain Rogie, speaking on RTE after the victory, praised all his team mates and said that it was the experience gained while playing hurling that stood to them during the final, a final that was tougher than all the times he held Stephen Green scoreless in the matches against Mount Sion. Well done to Abbeyside. The Copper Coast also contributed to this final and they deserve great credit for their contribution to the league. They are changing their name for next year to Mrs. Brown’s Boys. CLUB CLASSIC This will run from Thursday 24th to Sunday, 27th April and the proceeds from this go towards the costs of running both the Gents and Ladies Clubs. Entry is €20 per person with re-entry at €10. DRAW FOR DAWN INTERNATIONAL MIXED FOURSOMES Preliminary Round:

Jimmy O'Dwyer, Captain; Williamina Reynolds, Lady Captain and Daniel Flynn, Junior Captain at the Captain’s Drive In at the Gold [Sean Byrne//Deise Sport] Coast Golf Club. Winners v Jimmy O'Dwyer & Ruth Hannigan Darren Power & Mary Hanrahan v Kiki Cullinan & Rosie Murphy Winners v Francis O'Connor & Ann Keane Stephen Greene & Margaret Mulhearne v Tom White & Loraine Birney Winners v Ger Bagge & Eilo Fitzgerald 1st Round Matches: Martin Walsh & Helena Fitzgerald v Frank Waters & Karen Darcy John Queally & Mary Kiely v Jimmy Beresford & DD Hannigan

John White & Anne McGrath v Michael Kavanagh & Gerardine Hallinan Winners v John Hallinan & Gillian Cashman Billy Power & Martina Corkery v Mark O'Dwyer & Breda Conway Winners v Derek Power & Aisling Fennell James Conroy & Willie Reynolds v Brian O'Connor & Bernie Morrissey Winners v Andy Travers & Teresa Queally Micheal White & Marie Hayes v Tomas Wall & Serena Roche

All preliminary matches must be played by Wednesday, 22nd April. Matches not played by 15th April will be put on the timesheet for the 22nd April. No extensions will be given. SOUTH EAST LEAGUE We travelled to Douglas on Sunday last to play Dungarvan in our final outing for this year. Our team was Ger Bagge and Michael Lenihan, Larry Whelan and Lee Crotty, Brian Fahey and David Shanley, Stephen

Greene and Michael Whelan, Andy Travers and Paddy Walsh, Tommy Long and Tim O’Driscoll. Gold Coast won the match. Our thanks to team managers Pat Power and Brian O’Connor. NIRE/FOURMILEWATER GAA GOLF CLASSIC This will take place over the Easter weekend at the Gold Coast and teams can play on either 17th, 18th, 19th or 20th April. The format is a 3 person rumble and some very attractive prizes are on offer for the event. Booking to 058 44055. LADIES NOTES Results: 13 hole competition (2 cards to count) sponsored by Garvey's Super Valu: 1st: Geraldine Hallinan (34) 61 pts. 2nd: Esther MCGuckian (14) 51 pts. 3rd: Martina Corkery (23) 50 pts. (after count back). Lamb no 3: Winner Geraldine Hallinan 25 pts. Club competition Sunday 23rd March. 1st: Elaine Goss (36) 35pts. 2nd: Helena

Frank North and Colin Smith have two weeks to prepare their teams for what promises to be a thrilling finale. The final will be played on Sunday, 13th April starting at 12 noon. More details next week. SEAMUS POWERS TO 3rd eGolf TOUR VICTORY West Waterford's Seamus Power grabbed his first win for nearly two years when he fired five birdies in closing 69 to win the eGolf Tour’s Cowan's Ford Open by four shots on 10 under par. Leading by two shots after rounds of 70 and 67, the 27year-old kept his cool to card a 68 and collect his third eGolf Tour title and a cheque for $12,500 that catapulted him to the top of the money list. Power’s 2014 campaign began in solid fashion with a share of fourth at the seasonopening Palmetto Hall Championship and a tie for third the following week at the Championship at Callawassie Island. “I’m excited for this year," he said. "Hopefully, the weather will start to cooperate and we’ll get into a good flow of tournaments. I’m really looking forward to that Million Dollar Series this fall and the chance to play well and make

some good money there. It should be a fun year.” Lytham Trophy On the amateur International scene West Waterford’s Gary Hurley has once again been chosen to represent Ireland at St. Anne’s Golf club from 2 – 4th May. SUNSHINE CLASSIC APRIL 12th TO APRIL 20th Timesheets for this year’s classic are now posted on the notice board in the hallway. Visitors can ring 058 43216 to book a slot. Sixteen teams will qualify for the final which is scheduled for Saturday, 26th April. Once again four people will enjoy a 5 day golfing holiday in Portugal while the second place team will enjoy a fourball at the K Club combined with an overnight stay including B&B and dinner for 4 at the Westgrove Hotel Clane Co Kildare. There are numerous other team prizes. Up to seven visitors will win one year memberships to West Waterford in our 2 Free Draws for participants in the Classic. Full details are now available at Just log on and follow the Sunshine Classic link. SUMMER TIME Keep an eye on the notice

boards for details regarding summer rules golf and 18 hole qualifying competitions starting soon. THE BUNKERS ARE BACK Following the recent spell of bad weather the bunkers took quite a battering and it was decided to take them out of play while necessary maintenance was being carried out. Call in the V Team. Once again our loyal band of volunteers were on hand to rotovate, re sand, edge and rake every bunker on the course. With the job successfully completed the bunkers are now back in play and we would ask everyone to help by raking the bunkers not forgetting the footprints. GUI RULES AND REGULATIONS ROADSHOW Takes place at Gold Coast Hotel on Thursday, 3rd April starting at 7.30, and is open to ladies and gents. This roadshow will rotate between the 3 local clubs each year Goldcoast, West Waterford & Dungarvan SUNSHINE RAFFLE Golfers and non golfers alike have an equal chance of winning a 5 day sunshine holiday in Albufeira Portugal in our Sunshine Raffle run in

Fitzgerald (14) 34pts. Captain's Drive-In: The Captain's Drive-In was held on Sunday, 30th March. A large crowd turned out to cheer on the three incoming Captain's for 2014. Following the Drive-In a mixed scramble was held in excellent conditions with no wind or rain. This was a very enjoyable and friendly event for both ladies and gents. Later on Sunday evening all adjourned to the Hotel for the presentation of prizes and some much needed refreshments. Fixtures: Due to circumstances beyond our control the Easter Competition will now be a 13 hole and not an 18 hole as advertised. Tee time from 1.07 to 2.30. Last year this was one of our most enjoyable days and hopefully we can repeat it again this year. Presentation will take place later that evening. 18 hole ongoing competition (2 cards to count) sponsored by Cynders Shoe

Boutique. 10 hole ongoing Lamb competition. Rules Road Show for 3 Golf Clubs on this Thursday, 3rd April at 7.30 pm. Committee meeting will take place on Friday, 4th April at 8 pm. ILGU Inter Club Championships: On Sunday, 13th April our Challenge Cup team will travel to East Cork Golf Club to play Dungarvan in the above competition. Junior Foursomes will take place at Youghal Golf Club on Sunday, 29th June. Any Ladies interested in playing in the Junior Foursomes please put your name on the sheet in the Kiosk. Lady Captain’s Prize: in order to be eligible to win the main prize, members must have returned three 18 hole singles cards from the Gold Coast Club, one of which must be from a club qualifying competition within the current golfing season.

conjunction with the Classic. Tickets are now on sale from club members and in clubhouse and bar. CHALLENGE TROPHY Billy O’Mahoney wins 2014 League, scoring 33pts for 13 holes. Billy now heads in as slight favourite for championship. The championship featuring the top 20 qualifiers, will be played over 18 holes from Tuesday 1st to Sunday, 6th April. Also in the field are former champions Shane Dalton (Berties bar) and Gearoid Breathnach (Mooneys) could have a big say. Please check facebook for top 20 qualifiers. SENIORS GOLF West Waterford plays host to the South Munster Open Seniors on Friday, April 4th. To book your tee time please ring 058 43216. The first outing of the Autumn Open Seniors Alliance takes place at the Gold Coast on Monday, 7th April. SENIOR PAIRS CLASSIC 2014 Tuesday, 1st, Wednesday 2nd and Thurdsay, 3rd April. Played over the 3 golf courses. Team Event. Open to all golfers aged 55 and over. Ladies, Men or Mixed. 3 Rounds of Golf and Entry €83.

FUN QUIZ RESULTS A large crowd turned up on Friday night for a most enjoyable quiz hosted by Mr. Denis O’Donovan. Winners were Mary Kiely, Nora Flynn, Fiona O’Halloran and Aisling O’Connell. 2nd. Ben Flynn, Stella Kinsella, Phil Kelly and Denise Nugent. JUNIOR NOTES Easter Golf Camps: No 1 Camp: Mon. 14th to Friday 18th, No 2 Camp: Mon. 21st to Fri. 25th April. Cost €25 per pupil. Girls from age 6 and Boys from age 6 upwards. 12 pupils in each group. Contact Tim at 086 3521070 or the office at 058 43216. LADIES NOTES WINTER LEAGUE FIXTURES 9 hole April, ongoing – 2 cards to count. 18 hole ongoing continues, so now is your chance to get out there and get in your cards for the majors. LADY CAPTAIN’S Sunday, 6th April, Lady Captain’s Day Out in the Gold Coast GC. DATE FOR YOUR DIARY Thursday, 3rd April, rules night in the Gold Coast.



Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 4 April, 2014

Dungarvan United FC U-12's KEEP MARCHING ON Dungarvan 1; Kilmacthomas 0 Our young blues travelled to Alaska Park to take on our hosts Kilmacthomas in a game where we needed a win to keep up with the pace of the title race. Again this week we had to play without a full squad as 2 of our players were away due to family matters.The lads again this week dug deep to secure this vital win. We started off the game with plenty of possession as we dominated for the first 20 minutes but could not find the back of the net. Our passing on this ocasion and general ball play was outstanding. Micheal Power in centre midfield was like a maestro with his passing as he created a lot of chances for our two front men Jordan Shaw and Eoin Dunne. Junior Griffiths out on the wing was a thorn in the side of the Kilmacthomas defence as he ran them ragged for the whole game, but again still no goal. Micheal Power had a great chance with a free kick but it was stopped on the line by a Kilmacthomas defender. Jordan Shaw also had a great chance after a Junior cross which bypassed the Kilmacthomas defence even the goalkeeper, but Jordan just could not reach it as it was a fair bit high. Just before half-time Kilmacthomas attacked us with an impresive counter attack leaving our defence for dead. Dylan Cliffe pulled off a miraculous save to keep the

scores level going into the break. In the second half we faced a daunting task as we were playing uphill and we were against a strong wind. That did not effect our lads as we were 1-0 up within the first few minutes of the half when Junior Griffiths excellent cross found Jordan Shaw at the back post who slotted the ball home with a cool finish. After this goal we awoke a beast inside the Kilmacthomas side as they threw everthing they had at us. Our Captain Adam Ashraf led by example in the defence as he did not give the Kilmacthomas wingers a sniff of the ball. It was good to have him back. Gio, Dayle and Kyle also repelled the Kilmacthomas attack very well as again our defence proved how vital they have been for us throughout the season. As the end of the game neared we were still camped inside our own half as Kilmacthomas gave everything they had. Dylan Cliffe again was called upon as he pulled off another top drawer save to keep us in the lead. The final whistle blew and there was a huge sign of relief from everyone involved as we knew we gave it everything from our goalkeeper to our centre forwards. It is always hard to go up to Kilmacthomas and come away with the 3 points as every team in the league has struggled up there but we knew we had a job to do and we did it exceptionally well. On Wednesday, 2nd April we face our neighbours

Waterford Under 11 Development Squad Coaches, Andrew Bourke, Steven O'Donnell, Paul Westwood, Glen Hawe. Railway at home at 6:15 pm in game which is vital for us. If we beat Railway we will top the league by 1 point. A huge effort is needed by all the players. Please show your support for the boys! Squad: Dylan Cliffe, Adam Ashraf (captain), Dayle Ducey, Giovanni Fanone, Kyle O'Donnell, Nathan Duggan, James O'Callaghan, Micheal Power, Junior Griffiths, Jordan Shaw, Eoin Dunne, Subs: Jack Maye Twomey, Kwelon Windfield, Kyle Hackett. Coaches: Chris O'Donnell (manager), Deane Guiry, Mick French. WEEKLY REVIEW Mixed fortunes for our 1A and 2A, while our 1A had great win they beat Villa 3-0 our 2A suffered a 5-0 loss. Next Saturday our Division 1A team travel to Tramore for a 2 o’clock kick-off. Sunday our Youths take on Kilmacow at home with a kick off. at 2

p.m., why not come out and support the Youths on Sunday. We had some schoolboy/girl games over the weekend U-12B played away to Kilmacthomas and won the game 1-0 while in the afternoon our U-16 also had a win at home with a score line of 4-0. Well done lads great day for school boys. Our girls U-12 did us proud they had a great win over Cappoquin 1-0. We have a busy week in schoolboy games. Last night our U-12A played at home to Bohemians and tonight our U-12B playing at home to Railway Athletic kicking off at 6.15 pm. Tomorrow night Thursday our U-14A travel to Ferrybank kick off 6.15 pm. Also our U16B take on Ballyduff away kick off also 6.15 pm. While on Saturday both our U-11 teams play away, U-11A take on Johnville kick off 10.30 am

and U-11B play Southend with a slightly later kick off of 11.30 a.m. U-13B also travel to Johnville kicking off at 12.30 p.m. With a later in the day kick of 2.30 pm both the U-15 teams take to the pitch’s away, U-15A play Ballinroad and U-15B take on Park Rangers. Busy week for school boy soccer, best of luck to everyone playing home and away. Go out and enjoy your game!!! We appreciate everyone who comes out and supports our young players and especially parents travelling to games. FUTSAL FOUNDATION COURSE Back to education initiative in association with the FAI are currently running a programme in Dungarvan United. This course will run until the end of June on a part-time basis. What’s involved? soccer coaching, safety and health at work, first aid, computers and career

building, certification by FETAC is provided. If you over 16 and currently unemployed, this will not effect any of your entitlements. Why not give Mary Upton a call on 058 – 51407, email, or contact any of the committee for further help. U-11 WATERFORD DEVELOPMENT SQUAD Dungarvan United is pleased to be the West Hub for the newly established Development squad, a non competitive training session for U-11's. The West Hub consists of players from, Carrick, Kilmacthomas, Ballinroad, Railway and Dungarvan Utd. We are very fortunate to have the following players taking part from our U-11 squads Dayle Ducey, Micheál Power, Nathan Duggan, Cian Keith, Dylan O'Connor, Liam O’Siochain and Cameron Ashraf. THE BABY CLARA APPEAL The Baby Clara appeal committee will be hosting a bring and buy cake sale in the club house on Saturday next, 5th April 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Proceeds will go to Temple Street Children’s Hospital. If you would like to donate baked goods please bring them along on the day. Please come along to the clubhouse on Saturday and show your support to this worthy cause. TRAMORE CHALLENGE On Sunday, 6th April next we will travel to Tramore for a friendly academy v academy challenge. Kick-off is at 12.00

noon. We will be meeting at the club at 10.45 a.m. to travel together. Please confirm by 4 p.m. Tuesday, 1st April that your child will play and if you will be travelling with us (and have any space) or if your child will need transport. Contact 086 886 5829. EASTER CAMP Places are filling up fast!! Tuesday 22nd - Friday, 25th April. 10 am-2 pm. €30 per child. Limited places. Book now to avoid disappointment. Payments/Deposits/instalments can be made at the Academy any Saturday prior to the camp. Call or text 086 886 5829. CLUB GEAR PROMO Special Offer Dungarvan United Kit (top, shorts, socks) Dungarvan Utd, hooded Rain Jacket and crested Dungarvan/umbro hat all for €65.00 kids €70.00 adults, to order please call (087) 632 6611 or see Ken Gardner during Academy times on Saturday. CLUB LOTTO DRAW We had no Jackpot winner this week. Numbers drawn were 16, 23, 10. €100 winner is Jim Walsh. Next week’s Jackpot €2,800. If anyone would like to support our lotto please contact any committee member or your child’s manager who also have lotto cards to hand or at academy time. Thank you to everyone for their continued support. SYMPATHY Dungarvan United would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the Power family on the recent death of Tommy (Snail).

Ballinroad FC 2B LEAGUE Johnville 0; Ballinroad 2 On Friday evening last our 2B side had the chance to get back on track in the league when they faced Johnville under lights in search of three points. Ballinroad started brightly and took control of the game immediately with both Jamie Ryan and Conor Foley on the wings causing havoc for the Johnville defence. Plenty chances were created and we could have been ahead on numerous occasions with Gavin Flynn, Daniel McCarthy and Owen O’Donnell all coming close. The deadlock was broken on the half hour when Fintan Walsh played an excellent through ball into the path of Jamie Ryan who raced in on goal before slotting the ball into the corner of the net. Ballinroad continued to dominate, however Johnville did have a chance or two but youth keeper Kamil Smolarczyk, deputising for James Corcoran was in fine form as per usual. The second half started in the same fashion as the first with Ballinroad on top from the off and within ten minutes of the re-start Ballinroad doubled their lead when Jamie Ryan took on the Johnville defence

before squaring the ball to Gavin Flynn whose shot was parried to the unmarked Daniel McCarthy who fired home from 12 yards. Ballinroad came close again on numerous occasions from Gavin Flynn, Timmy McGrath and Damien Dee but the Johnville keeper was equal to each one. The game finished up at 2-0, with Ballinroad dominating in midfield, and at the back, this result giving us our eighth clean sheet of the year and overall a good performance from start to finish. Ballinroad: K. Smolarczyk, K. Dee, F. Walsh, O. O’Donnell, B. O’Shea, C. Foley, D. Dee, J. Organ, J. Ryan, G. Flynn, D. McCarthy. Subs; T. McGrath & N. Phelan. YOUTHS EARN AWAY DRAW IN TRAMORE The injury hit Youths team could only field the bare eleven on Sunday in Tramore in the league fixture and finished earning a brave draw with only ten exhausted players. With four of the regular first team now injured and two more unavailable, the eleven players who turned out on Sunday afternoon are due enormous respect for the way they knitted together and produced, on the whole, a good performance.

They dominated the first half, exposed a lack of pace in the Tramore backline, and worried the Tramore goal time and time again. The pace of Anthony Fitzgerald, Tom Daly and James Kennedy up front created problems all through the half. Tony Collins, Daniel Flynn and Neil Phelan imposed themselves in the midfield tussles and the back line of Conor McCarthy, Jamie Joyce, Conor Brennan and David Sheehan, while often challenged in the air and on the ground never allowed any real clear cut chances to fall to the Tramore lads. Conor Brennan is settling into the left back position with great confidence and David Sheehan, playing out of position in the centre backs, had a good strong game. The first half however finished without a goal. Ten minutes into the second half an accidental collision between Conor McCarthy, Neil Phelan and one of the Tramore midfielders proved a crucial moment for both teams. The Tramore midfielder was helped off with a suspected broken arm and a few minutes later Conor McCarthy had to leave the pitch which left Ballinroad down to ten men. Tom Daly went back to the full back position and Ballinroad played with

only one forward. Despite this it was Ballinroad who went ahead with a well worked passing move between James Kennedy and Daniel Flynn which saw James slotted through and he finished perfectly; low and across the keeper. Tramore went all out to equalise and it was hectic in the Ballinroad box for another twenty minutes. Eventually an under-struck pass from Tom Daly left the backline exposed and the Tramore centre forward pounced on the loose ball. David Sheehan came across with a sliding tackle and although he didn’t make contact with the player, neither did he get the ball and the referee awarded Tramore a penalty without hesitation. The penalty was put past a diving Kamil Smolorczyk in goal who had one of the best games of the season saving Ballinroad from defeat on a number of occasions. With six of the Ballinroad lads already having had GAA fixtures that morning, tiredness was inevitable. Nonetheless Ballinroad bravely battled on and a series of well worked corners and free kicks almost produced the winner with the ball narrowly going wide on three occasions.

At the other end Tramore had similar chances which Kamil saved comfortably. In the end a draw was a fair result but the Ballinroad lads can take confidence from this performance with only ten men for almost a half of the game and still able to produce such a

fine performance and earn the point. Ballinroad Team: Kamil Smolorczyk, Conor McCarthy, Jamie Joyce, David Sheehan, Conor Brennan, Tom Daly, Neill Phelan, James Kennedy, Anthony Fitzgerald, Daniel Flynn, Tony Collins.

OTHER RESULT 1B – Ballinroad 2; Portlaw 4 UPCOMING FIXTURES Div 1B: Ferrybank v Ballinroad – Sun 11.00 a.m. Youths: Carrick v Ballinroad – Sun 2:00 p.m.

Ballinroad U-12A coaches would like to congratulate U-12A players Colin Foley, Niall Buckley, Ben O’Donovan, D. J. Kiely who made their confirmation last weekend (missing from photo Rian Hogan. Injured.) Unfortunately, we lost the game away to Piltown 3-2. Goalscorers D. J. Kiely and Tadhg Collins.


Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 4 April, 2014


Cappoquin FC JUNIORS PROMOTED Our Junior team won promotion on Sunday with an impressive 5-1 win over Valley B. Scorers were Daithi Wilkinson 2, John Broderick 1 and Wayne Daly 2. All in the club are delighted to be back playing Premier football next season which was the aim this season however now that the title is attainable let’s give it our best shot. Our last game will be against Railway and if we win we force a playoff. Exciting finish. U-13 BOYS DRAW IN LEAGUE SEMI-FINAL FIRST LEG A marvellous display by our U-13 boys on Tuesday last saw them play out a scoreless draw with neighbours Lismore in the league semi-final first leg. Lismore went looking for the away goal and went on the attack from the off but the boys defended superbly as a team and gave up very few chances. In an end to end game we could have taken the lead on a few occasions but to be fair a draw was about right for this fantastic game of ball. This was a big turnaround from the game early in the season when Lismore beat us well, however the tie will be decided this Saturday when we play the second leg. We will need everyone at training Thursday so please make every effort to be there. Squad: Tom Troy, Matt Meaney, Evan Mansfield, Rory Mangan, Bernard Wright, Evan Murray, Gavin Fives, Jack Hickey, Luke O’Rourke, Nathan Smith, Mikey Joe Curran, Eoin Hickey, Shauna Fraher and Aiden Mansfield. U-12 GIRLS DEFEATED AWAY BY DUNGARVAN Saturday last our U-12 girls travelled away to

Dungarvan despite the terrible weather and even in those challenging weather conditions put together a great performance as did their opposition giving a very entertaining game that was end to end all the way through. Dungarvan piled on the pressure forcing a fine save from the Cappoquin keeper Andrea Hally early on, Cappoquin replied with an attack of their own which saw Mairead O’Brien cutting past 3 of the Dungarvan defenders with great speed and skill before she was brought down winning a free kick in a dangerous position which again tested the Dungarvan defence, Aislinn Cahillane and Claragh McCann then combined to put together another testing attack but the Dungarvan defence managed to deal with it, the end to end play continued for all of the first half but due to great defending by both sides the half was scoreless. The second half started and continued as the first with both teams digging deep and producing some excellent football and ten minutes into half Dungarvan scored a fine goal, but from that point on the Cappoquin girls put everything into it and despite their best efforts a goal would not come, Mairead O’Brien came close with a long range effort and when the Dungarvan keeper saved the ball it came loose and Jass O’Brien’s reaction and follow up nearly paid off but the Keeper just managed to clear on time. In the last five minutes Cappoquin through caution to the wind and full back Ella Ronayne joined in the attack, Dungarvan defended desperately under huge pressure from the Cappoquin

attack to hold on to their slender 1-0 lead and that was how the game finished, well done to Dungarvan but despite losing our girls done them self’s and our club proud showing great character and determination and that is why they find them self’s at the top of the league table at this late stage of the season. Team on the day were as follows: Andrea Hally (Captain), Ailbhe McCann, Ella Ronayne, Catherine O’Brien, Amy O’Mahony, Mairead O’Brien, Claragh McCann, Aislinn Cahillane, Jass O’Brien, Anneka O’Brien, Alex Hally, Niamh Uniacke, Amelia Szamrowicz, Rachel O’Brien. U-14 GIRLS Next weekend’s match fixture has not been finalised yet, details of the fixture will be confirmed to players and parents during the week. Remember training Wednesday evening 6:30 p.m., see you all there. USED CLOTHES COLLECTION We are currently getting a load of 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 Wed 6.30 p.m. U-11 & 13 Boys Thursday 7.00 p.m. Junior Men Thursday 7.30 p.m.

Kilmacthomas FC UNDER 12 Kilmac 0; Dungarvan 1. We were very happy with the way the boys played on Saturday morning and they were unfortunate to loose out by the odd goal having a legitimate penalty claim turned down. Well done lads and keep up the training thanks to all the parents for their support. UNDER 14 Kilmac 4; Bohs 1. A top drawer performance saw the boys get back to winning ways and they did it in

style. We were solid in the back and midfield drove on well our strikers made good use of the ball that was provided. Thanks to the parents for their support. UNDER 16 Kilmacow 6; Kilmac 1. We struggled against a full strength home side but gave our all and the goal came from good work from Connor Mulligan and was converted by Reece Power who followed up well. Our lack of training showed but the lads kept their heads. Thanks to

Tom and Claire for their help. DIVISION 2B Kilmac 3; Dunmore East 0. We were well on top in bad conditions when the weather played its part and the game was called off at half-time. Goals from Eoin Walsh (2) and Martin Coffey saw us well in control. We will have to do it all over again and with just four games left we can't afford to drop points. Division 3 and Youth games were called off after an early pitch inspection.

Waterford Schoolboys Football League Results U-14A Villa A 5; DeLaSalle A 1 Tramore A 4; Piltown 1 U-12A Piltown A 3; Ballinroad A 2 De La Salle A 2; Ferrybank A 3 Villa A 4; Carrick Utd A 1 Southend 3; Bohemians A 0 U-12B Park Rgs 3; Bohemians B 0 Kilmac’ 0; Dungarvan 1 St. Pauls 1; Johnville 2

U-12C Ferrybank B 3; Kilmacow 2 St. Saviours 10; Ballinroad B 8 Bohemians C 3; Tramore B 0 Ballyduff 4; Wat. Crystal 2 Stradbally 4; Carrick Utd B 7 Villa B 1; Piltown B 4. U-14A Piltown 0; Ferrybank A 2 U-14B Kilmac’ 4; Bohemians B 1 Kilmacow 4; Southend Utd 3

U-14C Seaview Celtic 2; Villa C 1 De La Salle B 2; Portlaw Utd 2 Park Rangers 2; Tramore B 0 Ferrybank B 4; Ballinroad B 1 U-16A Park Rangers 0; Tramore 3 Ballinroad 2 Ferrybank 0 Villa A 5 Bohemians A 1 Carrick Utd 3; Johnville 0 U-16B Dungarvan 4; Bohemians B 0 Kilmacow 7; Kilmacthomas 2

Presentation of O'Neill Sports Sponsorship for the West Waterford East Cork League Ned Barry Cup Final. At presentation were from left: Owen Madden, Colin O'Rourke, Noel Hegarty and Alan Landers, Captain Lismore FC; T. J. Moloney, O'Neill Sports, Sponsors; Alan McNamee, West Waterford East Cork League; Daniel Dransfield, Captain; Derek Browne and Stephen Power, Railway Athletic FC. [Sean Byrne//Deise Sport]

Railway Athletic FC RAILWAY ARE PROMOTED TO PREMIER LEAGUE What a weekend for the club as we gained promotion to the premier league which was sealed with a comprehensive 12-3 win over Caherdrina at the Danes field on Sunday morning last. This season has been one to remember for all involved with the junior set-up as after gaining promotion we now turn our attention to next Sunday when we travel to Tallow to face Lismore in the Ned Barry cup final. We will start this game as huge underdogs but the lads will not be found wanting and I'm sure they will give a good account of themselves. On Sunday last they were in mighty form scoring twelve goals with Killian hitting six plus five for Danny and one for Peter in a very good performance. With two games to go one against Caherdrina again and the final game against our near neighbours Cappoquin we should be in a position where a point against Cappoquin will guarantee us the league title but if we lose it will go down to a play-off between both of us. Cappoquin have also been promoted to the premier league and we congratulate them on their achievement also. On Sunday next we will be short the services of our topclass keeper Sean Cullinane who broke his elbow last week and he will be a huge loss to us. Andy Molumby is also ruled out so two lads who would have been starters are going to be hard

to replace but thank god Derek and Steve have a good squad of players to choose from and here's hoping that on Sunday evening we will be celebrating a huge win for the club. Best wishes boys and give it your best shot. NED BARRY CUP FINAL All roads will lead to Tallow on Sunday afternoon next as our junior side face Lismore in the Ned Barry Cup final. We are asking all former players and supporters of the club to come along and give the lads a cheer on as they face a very strong Lismore side who are seeking their third cup win in a row. Kick-off is at 2.30 in Brideview park and we hope to see a big crowd there to cheer on the lads. GOOD WIN FOR UNDER 13S Ferrybank were the visitors to the Danes Field on Saturday morning last as our under 13 side short a number of regulars recorded a fine 20 win. Sam Uniacke was the scorer of both Railway goals as they battled to a fine win. Some of the lads who filled in for the missing players have done their chances of a regular place on the team no harm as they were excellent throughout. Well done lads and here is hoping for a good remainder to the season. NEW SPONSORSHIP All in the club would like to say a big thanks to Greg Reddy of the Meat Centre who has sponsored a new kit for the Ned Barry cup final next week. Greg was a former player for Railway and it is great to see the continued support of the Meat Centre

continue to be involved with the club. Thanks also to AA Fire Safety, Blackwater Motors, Denn Feeds, The Meat Centre and Paul Ormonde (Irish Pride) for there sponsorship of adds for the final. WATERFORD UNDER 12 SQUAD INTO MUNSTER FINAL Well done to the Waterford under 12 squad who have qualified for the Munster final against Cork which might be played at the RSC on the 26th/27th of April. They had two great wins over the weekend against West Cork 5-1 and Limerick County 7-1 to claim there place in the decider. Tireoghan Flynn is a member of the squad and he scored the first goal V West Cork and played very well in the game against Limerick County. We wish Tiger and all the squad the best in the Munster final. UNDER 11 DEVELOPMENT TRAINING We have three lads training with this squad at the moment every Thursday evening in Dungarvan. Sam Uniacke, Tadgh Kelleher and Rory Byrne have been doing well in this training programme and all three are well deserving of their place on this squad. 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 euros. Two euro will get you into the draw. Five euro will get you into three draws. Ten euro will get you into seven draws. Twenty euro will get you into thirteen draws. Fifty euro will get you into thirty draws and one hundred euro 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 6.30 pm to 7.15. It costs only two euro per child up to a max of 5 euro per family of three or more. MATCH SPONSORS This season we are having most games sponsored and we would like to thank everyone who has agreed to sponsor games for us. For a modest fee you can have your name alongside our weekly match reports and we will try and give you as much publicity during the season as possible. For more information on this you can get in touch with any of our club members.

Waterford Clubs invited to submit for Aviva Club of the Year IRISH Internationals Jonathan Walters and David Meyler have launched the search for the new Aviva Club of the Year. The awards, which are in their ninth year, recognise and reward any Irish soccer clubs that have succeeded both on and off

the pitch. The Aviva Club of the Year Award has been completely overhauled for this season with four different categories for teams to enter; Coach Education, Best Communities Club, Participation within Clubs

(Boys & Girls), and Club Development and Facilities. Clubs can enter one category or all categories online at or with entries closing on the 30th May. The closing date for entries

is 30th May although clubs who enter by the 16th May will be in with an opportunity to win the use of a Corporate Box for the Ireland v Turkey Senior international friendly and the FAI Junior Cup Final on the 25th May at the Aviva Stadium.


CLUB KIT AND ORDERS All the kit orders have arrived and are packed. We will have the kit in Paddy Morrisey's for collection this Saturday, 5th April. We will be serving those who have ordered kit first. If you can't make the Saturday, please let us know in advance, you can give Derek Troy a call on 0863109440 to arrange collection. Also Folks, a gentle reminder, No cash, no kit. GROUP SPINS/RACE UPDATE With the weather almost becoming seasonal again and the hour changing the weekend we should be looking forward to a few mid week spins now shortly. This past weekend we had decent numbers on the club runs. Group 2 headed for the coast and went Bonmahon, Kill, Kilmeaden and back for Dungarvan. Group 3 headed in a similar direction, taking in Seafield, Kilmacthomas, Carrick and back to Dungarvan. We also had a number of Club members tackle Clogheen Vee Challenge on Sunday, so fair play to all the Shams that completed that successfully. If anyone is


completing a Sportive or the like, if there are any photos or updates afterwards please do let us know, it would be great to publicise these more. On the race front we had a few club members make the trip to Minane Bridge for the Aquablue Classic in Cork, Stephen Murray took home 4th Place in the A1 Race in very Spring Classics weather. Well done to Stephen on his placing and fair play to all those who raced in that weather. INTRODUCTORY SPIN The introductory spin is working out well with numbers increasing week on week. There will be another couple of weeks of this spin and then we will look to get a Group 4 running every sunday. Please contact the club on or drop your name into Paddy Morrissey in Cyclesports or Tony or Siobhan OíMahony in O’Mahony Cycles. PREDICT YOUR TIME LEAGUE RACE The Predict your Time TT League once again kindly sponsored by Liam Rossister Meats will be back on your calendar for the 2nd of April

(6:15 for the first couple of weeks) and will run for 5 weeks. The open race is scheduled for the 15th of June. With the PYT League and League Race, we will be looking for volunteers to marshal, if you do not volunteer we will end up drawing names from a hat and scheduling marshalling duties each week for people. CYCLING QUOTE “When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking.” – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author. CONTACT US Be sure to check the club website at for up to date news, blasts from the past, Strava updates, and links to our Facebook and Twitter feeds. If there are any news items you want to report please email us at

Kilmacthomas Badminton Club MIXED LEAGUE Our Section E team are eagerly awaiting the winners of the semi-final between Dunmore and Drangan to see who they will face in the final. On Friday night last our Section H team faced Rathgormack 2 in their semifinal. The team got off to an excellent start with Bridget and Bryan both winning their singles in two sets. Next up Ian and Padraig paired up for the mens doubles. They got off to a slow start losing the opening set, but soon got back to winning ways and went on to take the next two sets. This gave the team a 3-0 lead going into the ladies doubles. Edel and

Niamh took to the court for this game and had an impressive win in two sets, giving the team a 4-0 victory on the night. Both teams agreed to play the remaining three mixed games anyway, and these acted as great preparation games for the final. Padraig and Edel had a great win in first mixed. Niamh and Bryan had a tough encounter in their game where the Rathgormack pair came out on top. The final game of the night saw Ian and Bridget take to the court, for probably the closest game of the night. After a thrilling three-setter, it was the Rathgormack pair who were victorious.

Team: Ian Gourlay, Padraig Lenane, Bryan Kavanagh, Edel Firth, Niamh Flavin and Bridget Walsh. The team will now play Ballyduff 1 in the final. Best of luck to everyone. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for details of when the finals will be taking place. ALL-IRELAND GRADED INDIVIDUALS The club will be well represented this weekend in Baldoyle for the All-Ireland Graded Individuals, with seventeen players competing. We wish all those travelling the very best of luck and you never know we may have some All-Ireland Champions in the club come Sunday evening.

Tried and Tested Triathlon Club BUTLERSTOWN DUATHLON For many members the first competitive event of the year will be Waterford Tri Club’s Butlerstown Sprint Duathlon on Saturday next, April 5th. This comprises a 5km run, 20km cycle and a 3km run over a looped circuit outside Waterford. Registration for this event will be at the Butlerstown GAA Club, Holy Cross. Entries are still open on-line via the TI website and there will be limited entries available on the day. Event starts at 11am but get there early to register and set up. If you don’t have a Racing Licence from TI, you will be able to purchase a One Day Licence on the day also, at a cost of €10. While many of us will make the short journey to Butlerstown, Jason Travers is heading to Skerries, Co.

Dublin to compete in the National Duathlon Championships, hosted by Fingal Tri Club. This standard distance event comprises a 10k run, 40km and 5km run. Jason is performing well again this season, with a top twenty finish last weekend in the highly competitive Naas Duathlon. Best of luck Jason. CLUB TRAINING Club membership has been increasing steadily since the start of the year, with lots of new people joining training groups for “brick” sessions. A brick session refers to the stacking of two disciplines (eg bike and run) during the same workout, one after the other with no break. Typically, we would cycle about 25km, then run about 5km, only stopping to park the bike, take off the helmet and change from bike shoes to runners. When you stop

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Seamus Power of West Waterford Golf Club wins the Cowan’s Ford Open in North Carolina WEST Waterford's Seamus Power grabbed his first win for nearly two years when he fired five birdies in closing 69 to win the eGolf Tour’s Cowan's Ford Open by four shots on 10 under par. Leading by two shots after rounds of 70 and 67, the 27 year-old kept his cool to card a 68 and collect his third eGolf Tour title and a cheque for $12,500 that catapulted him to the top of the money list. Now he's hoping to push on and have a big season after a frustrating 2013 campaign that saw him notch three runner-up finishes and an impressive 15 top-25s enroute to a fourth place finish on the money list but no wins. “It was nice," Power said. "I haven’t won for a while, so

it was a good feeling. It was tough starting out, but I was able to pull it together there at the end. “I think you have to get a bit of experience, and now my game is starting to come together well,” said Power when asked what seems to be clicking this year. “My ball-striking carried me this week and I was never really in trouble. That makes a big difference.” “It was nice. I haven’t won for a while, so it was a good feeling. It was tough starting out, but I was able to pull it together there at the end.” The pay-day brought Power’s 2014 earnings to $21,364, giving him top spot on the eGolf Tour money list. This performance may enhance Seamus’ chance to

Seamus Power accepts the silverware. get an invite for the Irish Open in Fota this year. Seamus played the Irish Open last

year and was one of the select few Irish that made the cut.

Manchester United Supporters Club – Waterford Branch GROUP TRIP MAJOR SUCCESS We were mob handed going to the Villa match last weekend and "a trip like no other, the best ever, and has to be done again" were the main comments to be returned from those who travelled. The fact that a victory was also part of the trip was a boost. Some arrived early on Friday morning and as there were two "NEW MEMBERS" among the early arrivals a tour of "THE CHAMPIONS" was the first port of call. This was enjoyed by all and the poor tour guide didn't know where to look when put on the spot on a number of occasions! From the trophy room to the Munich tunnel a tremendous few hours and a lot of fond memories especially for the "NEW MEMBERS".

An epic night was had by all and the hospitality shown to us by "THE BEST WESTERN WILLOWBANK HOTEL and staff was second to none and at times above and beyond the call of duty at times throughout the duration of our stay". Match day was a slowburner to begin with having the breakfast kickstarted the "late night/early morning session. The match was by the high standards of United poor enough but the most important thing on any trip is a win to raise the euphoria even more and with a resounding 4-1 victory we attained that target at least. The rest of the weekend just seemed to come and pass to quickly. A return to "The Bishop on the Sunday for footie watch was the order for some while others went a shopping and

some just chilled at the hotel. An epic weekend and plans are underway for next season already when a time suitable to most will again be the order of the day (and flights as well!). THIS WEEKEND This weekend we travel to Newcastle to take on a team who have been as Jekyl and Hyde as ourselves this season as in capable of turning any team over or equally as has been the case getting turned over by anyone in the league. Hopefully, a good game in store as it usually guarantees goals and here's hoping for more of the same but all in the Newcastle end past Tim Krul ! DAIVD MAY AND LEE SHARPE We recieved notice that United legends David May (treble winner) and Lee

Sharpe will be coming to "The Clonmel Park Hotel" on Saturday, 10th May. If there is enough interest we may run a bus to the event which is V.I.P. ticket €30 and ordinary ticket for €20. Contact the secretary if interested on 086 3925677. BELATED BIRTHDAY WISHES The president of our branch was surprised to be greeted with a chorus of "happy birthday" on Friday night by the staff and members needless to say no acceptance speech. 21 again for the 40th year in a row! Happy birthday Pat and a surprise visit organised by Pat Grant junior compounded a great trip for founder member and President Pat Grant snr when he met relatives from Burnley who came to Manchester on Sunday for the roast in the "BISHOP".

Lismore/Ballysaggart Community Games cycling and start running, your legs may feel heavy and a bit strange but you’ll soon get into a rhythm and manage the distance. This is essential training for anyone planning to do a triathlon so if you are planning on competing in the Dungarvan Tri on June 28th, start incorporating some brick sessions into your training. Swimming sessions continue on Mondays and Wednesdays and the plan is to have our first group sea swim on April 26th in Clonea. CLUB WEBSITE 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

THE Lismore/Ballysaggart Community Games are hosting the County Handwriting and Art Competition on this coming Saturday, April 5th at 11 a.m.

in Bun Scoil Bhothar Na Naomh. This year the County art Competition is being run under a different format from that of other years.

There is no area art competition so all children can turn up at the County finals on Saturday with their art and handwriting materials. Registration is at 10.30

a.m. in the school with the competition beginning at 11 a.m. sharp. Children will be given 2 hours to complete their project.

Causeway Tennis & Bowls Club members walking over the Causeway, past the Clubhouse in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.


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Talking Horses Upcoming Fixtures Leopardstown – Wednesday, 2nd April (First Race 3:40) Clonmel – Thursday, 3rd April (First Race 4:10) Dundalk – Friday, 4th April (First Race 6:15) Gowran Park – Saturday, 5th April (First Race 1:50) Cork – Sunday, 6th April (First Race 1:55) Fairyhouse – Sunday, 6th April (First Race 2:10) Limerick – Wednesday, 9th April (First Race TBC)

Bracelet looks a top prospect at Leopardstown THE Group 3 Leopardstown 2,000 Guineas Trial Stakes was the feature race on Sunday’s card at Leopardstown and it produced a very promising winning performance from the Aidan O’Brien-trained Bracelet. The daughter of Montjeu quickened up impressively to prevail by a length under

Joseph O’Brien and looks to be a live Classic contender. Dermot Weld and Pat Smullen were the team to follow on the remainder of the card, combining with Go For Goal to win the Listed Leopardstown 2,000 Guineas Trial Stakes and Fascinating Rock to win the Leopardstown 2,000 Guineas Trial Stakes.

Slipper Orchid scores at Dundalk THE most valuable contest at Dundalk on Friday evening was the Handicap and it produced a bunch finish with the Mick Halford-trained Slipper Orchid coming out on top. The five-year-old missed the break, but was delivered with a well-timed challenge

to lead inside the final furlong and prevail by ¾-length under Damien Melia. The pick of the rest of the action on the card was the Happy Mother's Day Weekend At Dundalk Stadium Median Auction Maiden and it was the Charlie Swan-trained I’Vegotafeeling that prevailed by a length under Billy Lee.

Qipco to sponsor Irish Champion Stakes QIPCO Holding and Horse Racing Ireland have announced a new three-year sponsorship agreement for the Irish Champion Stakes, to be run at Leopardstown on Saturday, September 13th 2014. It will be the feature race on day one of the new Irish Champions Weekend, which places two iconic racing fixtures, the Irish Champion Stakes and the Irish St. Leger, back-to-back on September 13th and 14th at Leopardstown and the Curragh respec-

tively. The prize-fund for this year’s QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes will be €1,000,000, a significant increase on the 2013 figure of €750,000. QIPCO Holding, current sponsors of British Champions Day at Ascot and other major British races, is one of the leading private investment companies in Qatar, owned by six brothers who are members of the Royal Family of Qatar.

Bog Warrior (left) and Paul Carberry out battle Baily Green (right) to win the Webster Cup Chase Navan.

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Bog Warrior stars at Navan THE Grade 2 Webster Cup Chase was the main event at Navan on Saturday and it was the Tony Martin-trained Bog Warrior that scooped the pot. Tony Martin’s talented 10-yearold was given an excellent ride by Paul Carberry and having been delivered to lead before the final flight, he ground out a

Halford strikes at Meydan WHILE most of Ireland’s biggest guns failed to fire on the Dubai World Cup card at Meydan on Saturday, Mick Halford ensured that the Irish got on the score sheet by saddling Certerach to secure success in the Group 2 Dubai Gold Cup. Jamie Spencer delivered the six-year-old with a potent late challenge to prevail by a neck.

three lengths victory. Elsewhere on the card, Davy Russell was in double form, winning the Annual Family Day 18th May Maiden Hurdle on the Robbie Burns-trained Baby King and the Novice Chase on the Willie Mullins-trained Mozoltov.

Rebel Fitz makes winning return at Cork MICK Winters’ highly-popular performer Rebel Fitz was the star attraction at Cork on Thursday and he didn’t let down his supporters. Ridden by Barry Geraghty, the nine-year-old hit the front before the penultimate flight and surged clear to score by 10 lengths. The most valuable race on the card was the UCC Horse Racing Society Handicap Hurdle and it saw the Daniel Murphy-trained Bothair Clei take the spoils by a head under Philip Enright.

Point to Point Fixture List 2014

Certerach (Jamie Spencer) beats Cavalryman (Silvestre de Sousa) in the Dubai Gold Cup Dubai.

[Edward Whitaker]

APRIL Sat 5th Co. Down (S) Derrydrummuck, Loughbrickland, Co. Down. L/H Sun 6th Louth (F) Rathnestin, Tallanstown, Co. Louth. L/H Sun 6th Suirvale (H) Fairyhill, Templemore, Co. Tipperary. R/H Sun 6th United Hunt (F) Ballynoe Garryanne, Killavorilla, Kilclare, Cork. R/H Sun 6th Westmeath (F) Castletown-Geoghegan, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath. L/H Sat 12th Tipperary (F) Lisronagh, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary. L/H Sun 13th Ballymacad (F) Newcastle, Oldcastle, Co. Meath. L/H Sun 13th Duhallow (F) Dromahane, Mallow, Co. Cork. L/H Sun 13th Limerick (F) Kilmallock Bulgaden, Kilmallock, Co. Limerick. R/H Wed 16th Killeagh (H) Inch Ballyanthony, Tallow, Co. Cork. R/H Sun 20th Co. Clare (H) Dromoland at Quakerstown Boston, Co. Clare. L/H Sun 20th Laois (F) Stradbally Hall, Stradbally, Co. Laois. R/H Sun 20th Waterford (F) Ballydurn, Portlaw, Co. Waterford. L/H Mon 21st East Antrim (H) Loughanmore, Dunadry, Co. Antrim. L/H Tues 22nd East Antrim (H) Loughanmore, Dunadry, Co. Antrim. L/H Sat 26th Killeady (H) at Dromahane, Mallow, Co. Cork. L/H Sat 26th Mid Antrim (H) Moneyglass, Toomebridge, Co. Antrim. L/H Sun 27th Doneraile (F) at Dromahane, Mallow, Co. Cork. L/H Sun 27th Meath (F) & Tara (H) Tattersalls Farm, Fairyhouse, Co. Meath. R/H

Gordon Lord Byron Scores In Australia THERE was a sensational Irish success in Australia on Saturday morning with the Tom Hogan-trained Gordon Lord Byron winning the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes. The Tipperary-based handler sent the six-year-old over in recent weeks and local rider Craig Williams delivered him late and fast to score by a head and record a famous victory for Ireland.

Mullins doubles up at Limerick CHAMPION Trainer Willie Mullins took centre stage at Limerick on Sunday, completing a double that included the featured Grade 2 Hugh McMahon Memorial Novice Chase with Touch The Eden. Ridden by Paul Townend, the seven-year-old was never far from the lead and ground out a 2½ lengths success. The other Mullins win came in the Listed Kevin McManus Bookmaker Champion INH Flat Race with Aminabad recording an authoritative length victory under Patrick Mullins.



Cunnigar Pitch & Putt Club TABLE QUIZ The Cunnigar Pitch and Putt Fun Quiz Night was a brilliant success. Dillon’s Bar was packed to capacity as people supported the Cunnigar Pitch and Putt Club. Everyone enjoyed themselves and a good night was had by all. We would like to thank all of the people who gave prizes for the raffle and their time to make this evening a very successful and enjoyable night out. The Cunnigar Pitch and Putt Club would sincerely like to thank Dillon’s Bar for their most generous sponsorship. We would like to thank all of our members and their guests for their support. We would also like to thank Brendan O'Brien, Marie and Michael for all their hard work during the evening. The lucky winners were – 1st Team: Margaret Shanahan, Martin Shanahan, Mark Shanahan, Leona Bransfield; 2nd Team: Christine Dwyer, Mary

Hickey, Roisin Hickey, John Hickey; 3rd Team: Cait Mulcahy, Olivia Maher, Antoinette Enright, Jack Elsted. MEMBERSHIP FEES Membership fees are now due and can be given to any committee member. Family €150; Adult €80; Over 60 €50; Juvenile €5; Life members €30. WEDNESDAY GAME The Ladies game is now back on at the Cunnigar on a Wednesday. Names to be in for 10.00 a.m. tee off at 10.30 a.m. 1st Nett: Stella Kinsella, Eileen McCarthy; 1st Gross: Lorraine Troy, Eilish O'Sullivan. SATURDAY GAME Our Saturday Games are now underway, all our members are welcome to play so have your names in by 1.00 p.m. and we will be teeing off at 1.30 p.m. Unfortunately, Saturday’s game was cancelled due to the poor weather conditions.

Dream debut season for Peter Moloney 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 have each got one in competition. BONUS NUMBER No winner of number 8. NATIONAL LADIES AND GENTS MATCHPLAY Closing date 9th April. P. J. BELL QUALIFIERS Sunday, 6th April, at 3.00 p.m. COMMITTEE MEETING Thursday, 3rd April, 7.00 p.m. DID YOU KNOW? 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.

Dunhill Squash Club ON court and off court, these are very busy times at Dunhill Squash Club. ON COURT The Dawn International Spring league is now in full swing. We wish to express our appreciation to Dawn International for their continued support again this year. It’s our second last league of the season, all of which have been hard fought and competitive. More of this in our next notes. The Club Championships are also running at present. We have had a great entry this year in both ladies and gents competitions. We know who the bookies favourites are, but don’t rule out plenty of upsets on the way! Following our “friendly” in Enniscorthy last month, we sent a team to take on the Rebels in Highfield Squash Club, Cork last week. All games were closely matched, and we thank our Cork friends for organizing such an enjoyable evening. They will be given a real Deise welcome on the return fixture towards the end of the

season. Incidentally, who won the match overall? … ..nobody seems to know!! THE JUNIOR SCENE We must acknowledge the huge work with the juniors done by Mary O’Loughlin and Jack Laffan. Apart from their organization of matches, transport etc., their coaching has been very instrumental in the high standards of our younger members. We had eight of our members representing Munster at the Inter-provincial competition in Belfast recently. Those playing were Roisin Kirwan, Orla Lacey, Grainne Kavanagh, Sinead Walsh, Conor Friend, James Gaffney, Bill Lacey, and Owen Murphy. Last weekend Roisin played for Ireland under 13s in the Home Internationals. Can we wish Sean McDonald a speedy recovery from his recent injury, and look forward to having him back on court shortly. Well done to ALL of our juniors, and a big thank you to Mary and Jack.

TORTURE! Anthony Lyons started a weekly session of circuit training last week. He took eight brave and unsuspecting souls on to Court 1 last Monday night. The training was good, and beneficial, but quite a few discovered pains and aches the following morning in muscles they did not even know they had! Anthony will be dishing out more punishment every Monday night until season’s end! OFF COURT The committee has been busy in recent weeks, mainly with an eye to next season. The big news is that we will have heated courts next year. Costings are being done at present, and we expect to have nice warm courts from the start of season 2014/15. Online booking of courts will also come on stream for next season. We will start to phase this in over the next month or so. These two initiatives should prove to be beneficial to members……and we are not finished yet!

Waterford Badminton Association Mixed League WE are now reaching the concluding stages of the mixed leagues in all divisions. We wish those teams still competing the very best of luck. Last Thursday night saw the Section F final take place between Waterford 2 and Dunmore 2. Dunmore held home advantage in this tie, but this did not phase the Waterford team as they earned themselves a 4-0 victory. Well done to both teams and we wish Waterford the best of luck in the Munster

competition. ALL-IRELAND GRADED INDIVIDUALS Best of luck to all the Waterford players competing in the All-Ireland Graded Individuals this coming weekend in Baldoyle. Hopefully, we will have some All-Ireland champions amongst us come Sunday evening. A.G.M. The Annual General Meeting of the Waterford Badminton Association will take place on the 28th April in Lawlors Hotel at 8 pm sharp.

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We invite affiliated Clubs to submit motions, which amend or add to the constitution of the Association, for inclusion on the agenda. All motions must be returned to Trudy Kennedy not later than Wednesday, 16th April. The AGM is an important event in the Badminton Calendar, if you have not attended in the past, please make the effort this year. A well attended lively A.G.M. is essential to the health of our Association.

WITH the start of Ireland’s premier motorcycle racing event upon us it’s time for Dungarvan’s Peter Moloney to gather his thoughts and focus on the task in hand after what can only be described as a dream debut season in the elite division. Peter is looking to carry forward the form that saw him round off the 2013 masters with a hat-trick of podiums and finished fourth overall after 14 rounds. Peter as with all Irish motorcycle racers does not take part in this sport for the money its for the dream and when you look down the list of competitors Moloney has finished ahead of riders that have graced the circuits of the BSB and Isle of Man TT. Like most privateers Peter is racing on a shoestring budget, so out of necessity you have to keep your hobby affordable. Hobbies grow up

though, and now he has come of age. Peter again has Karl Baumann Crash Repairs Dungarvan, I&M Groundworks, Spartan S&C onboard and Jamie Maloney covering all from pit boards to tyre changings but there is

plenty of room for more with the mounting costs of motorcycle racing with the top echelons. This year offers a unique platform for advertisers/sponsors no matter how big or small with the showing of the

Peter Moloney

Adelaide Masters live on the web at plus delayed coverage on ITV and a host of satellite channels not to mention local papers and exclusive on-board footage on Peter’s Youtube channel.

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Trekkin Eegits 2014 WELL we’ve well and truly ‘Sprung’ forward into official Summer Time so here’s hoping that as well as getting nice long evenings we might get some sun to go with them. The Trekkin Eegits 2014 campaign ‘Miles for Smiles’ is on countdown at this stage with just over 4 weeks to go ‘til we hit the roads in aid of St. John’s School Playground fund. Definitely time to get out there and put in a couple of miles walking during the week. Sponsorship cards are available from Cara in the Cappoquin branch of Lismore and Cappoquin Credit Union just give her a buzz on 087 9664513 to make sure she has a card for you. We will be delighted to see new faces alongside our annual group of die hard ‘Eegits’. Last year we had approx 100 walkers taking part in our relay trek and it would be brilliant to have that amount and even more this year. Remember if you have picked your route it is really important to let us know which one it is so we can make sure our leaders have company on each stage. There will be leaders on each route who will know where you are going and encourage you along the way. As stages range in distance from 19km to 3.5 km there are many to choose from and you can even do more than one if you feel like it. On Friday the 25th of April at 4pm in Cappoquin we will commence our trek through the beautiful West Waterford Countryside and on Saturday evening the 26th of April with luck and good weather on our side we aim to be back in Cappoquin at approx 5.45pm. TREKKER’S – PICK YOUR STAGE! As highlighted in early notes our route this year is bit of a loopy one, criss crossing the very picturesque County Waterford and we get to see Cappoquin on three different stages as part of this year’s event. The following is an

outline of the stages, distances and times of this year’s route • The first group will leave Cappoquin at 4 pm travelling via The Glen to Melleray Community Centre a trek of 7km. This stage should take approx 1 hour and fifteen minutes) • At 5.20 pm Group 2 will leave Melleray and head to the next point at Modeligo Community Centre (via Scart Mountain) with a journey of 16.5km taking approx 2 hours and 55 minutes. • Group 3 take up the baton at 8.20 pm for a 10km trek and head to Kereen Bar taking in Glen, Whitechurch and Ballinameela enroute (approx I hour and 45 minutes) • Stage 4 is from Kereen to Cappoquin via Woodstock, Curraghroche & Dromana for another 10km trot. This one leaves at around 10.10pm to take approx 1 hour and 45 minutes. • Midnight will see Stage 5 leave Cappoquin, on to the Round Hill, Lismore up Ballyanchor and ending in Tallow with a distance of 14.5km with approx 2 hours and 35 minutes on the clock. • Stage 6 is from Tallow to Cappoquin via Moorhill and Camphire leaving at 2.40am -this is our longest route and clocks up 19km and will take approx 3 hours and 25 minutes. • At 6.10 am and hopefully a bright and beautiful dawn the stage 7 group will leave Cappoquin travelling to Aglish via Dromana wood a 12 km route estimated to take 2 hours and 10 minutes. • Stage 8 will leave at approx 8.25 am from Aglish with a trot to Youghal Bridge via Clashmore using local roads is 14km in distance and 2 hours and 30 minutes on the clock. • At 11 bells Stage 9 will leave Youghal Bridge walking through Glendine and striking for the hills of Knockanore with a nice distance of 13km and clocking up another 2

hours and 20 minutes. • 1.35 in the afternoon we anticipate that Stage 10 will be leaving Knockanore, travelling along Strancally and Camphire Bogs to Brown’s Cross in Camphire up racking up 11km and taking up 1 hour 55 minutes. • The home stretch is fast approaching as Stage 11 with a trek of 7.5Km from Camphire via Boolakiely to Tourin Hall leave at around 3.20pm this is estimated to take about 1 hour and 20 minutes • Stage 12 -The final stage takes us from Tourin GAA field to The Square. After a cup of tea and some buns (hopefully) and a little bit of socialising we hope to leave Tourin Hall about 5pm and saunter into Cappoquin a short while later. Cappoquin is only a mere 3.3km from Tourin and this route should only take between half an hour and 40 minutes to complete. Please note that all of the above times are approximate and will probably change so we ask that all of you who participate to please be flexible and forgiving! There are 2 /3 night walks and they are worth considering, they can be really enjoyable and the topics of conversations can be extremely entertaining! Don’t let the idea of walking in the dark deter you from some fabulous company and experiences when all you need is a torch and your hi-vis jackets by way of equipment – honestly these stages can be great craic! You might start this Trek with the sole intention of raising money for a worthwhile cause but we can nearly guarantee that you will leave it with some new friends and you will definitely see some of Waterford’s beautiful countryside so that has to be an added incentive. Want to get involved? Easy Just contact Cara 087 9664513, Eamon 087 2867453 or Gina 087

9028594, we will be delighted to hear from you. Who benefits? St. John’s School in Dungarvan will be benefiting from our mad trek this year to help them in their quest to raise money for a playground for the students and anyone can support us in our fundraising by: Sponsoring one of the gang – all of us will have official sponsorship forms By contacting us by email at By walking and getting others to sponsor you (sponsor Cards are available from Cara 087 9664513) Want some more information? Visit our website, just type “trekkin eegits” into your search browser and we will pop up. We are also on Facebook There are loads of photos from our previous treks and plenty of information to whet your interest. Remember we will be delighted if you decide to take part. Get out the walking shoes and get ‘Trekkin’ . Pick up the phone and get yourself a card and help St. John’s get that playground for their fabulous students. Please remember At the risk of preaching to the converted - safety is a very important consideration so please wear hi-vis vests when out walking – they will help motorists see you and should be worn in daylight as well as in the evening. It is advisable to wear comfortable, well broken-in, well fitting walking shoes or runners and bring a pair or two of extra socks to change into – your feet will be delighted with you! It may also be wise to bring some wet gear – the weather remains ‘changeable’ and you may be thankful that you brought that coat! Don’t worry too much about it though none of the routes are too far from home and that warm cup of tea! Happy Trekkin.

Dungarvan observer 4 4 2014 edition  
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