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Kilkenny Reporter

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 13 2013

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Kilkenny Reporter

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 13 2013

T: 056 7795051 E: sales@kilkennyreporter.ie

BRAVE HURLER TELLS OF STRUGGLE WITH DEPRESSION » SEE P24

Student power in electric debate

» Pages 74&75

JANE BOND: Move over James Bond, meet 007Gran, aka Jane Bond, creation of Bennettsbridge artist Joanne Bolger. » Story and pics Page 31

FLASHBACK: Nostalgists will enjoy a journey in time as Freshford celebrates the 60th birthday of its first panto. Left, Baron Tom Bergin, with Dame Jim Molloy. Inset, Eurovision star Dana who stars in concert. » Story and pics Pages 12, 54&55

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Dana: Warm welcome assured for a fantastic entertainer

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A warm community welcome for singer Dana NOEL CLEARE

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Ross Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Carroll Kelly and staff

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In Castlecomer with Chubby Brennan A WONDERFUL fortnight of athletics has ensured that four Castlecomer athletes have qualified to represent Kilkenny in the All-Ireland Cross Country Championships in Santry. Castlecomer AC captured two individual gold medals, three team golds and a team silver at the Kilkenny ‘B’ Cross Country Championships. Hannah Murphy and Aoife Cahalan (U14), Sean Buggy (U16) and Lauren Dermody (U18) travel to Santry to the All-Irelands on November 17 in Santry Demesne on foot of their performances in Dunboyne. The Kilkenny girls’ U14 team won bronze, while Lauren Dermody’s U18 team won provincial gold. The U16 boys were fourth. Killian Hogan also represented Castlecomer and Kilkenny in U14. Meanwhile in Kalakos, Castlecomer Boys’ U12 Cathal O’Reilly, Sean O’Dornan, Kevin Smyth and John Kevin Malone were U12 gold medal winners. U12 girls Sarah Brophy, Aoibhinn Brophy and Caoimhe O’Reilly won bronze with a doggedly determined team performance. At U14 , Castlecomer girls Hannah Murphy, Aoife Cahalan, Ellen Buggy and Eimear Stone won gold, as did U14 boys Christopher Korff, James Buggy and Nicky Connolly. The second U14 team of Killian Hogan, Jeremiah Burke and Adam Jacob won silver. Christopher Korff won individual gold, and James Buggy secured bronze with an impressive run. Nicky Connolly finished fourth. Killian, Jeremiah and Adam were 5th, 6th and 7th. These achievements followed an earlier gold in boys’ U10 when Alan Smyth’s powerful performance ensured he was first home. Ross Connolly im-

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Erin’s Own U14 county champions pressed when winning bronze at U16. Let us not forget the endeavours of U8 and U10 athletes. Lisa Smyth (4), Molly Hogan (8) and Matthew Bolger (5) at U8 are but on the first stage of the ladder and were all close to success. Joey Ryan applied himself well at U10. The U10 girls Molly O’Dornan, Katie Purcell and Ameilie Bolger were fourth in the team rankings. Next week the U11 to U9 Leinster Cross Country Championships are in Adamstown, County Wexford.

easily follow at their own pace, accompanied by Latin-inspired music to create a great party atmosphere. You are exercising and you don’t even know it! The benefits of Zumba include burning calories, improvement in cardiovascular health. Our bodies produce endorphins, the ‘feel good’ hormone after dancing or exercising.

Zumba classes are on Mondays and Wednesdays in Castlecomer, One Stop Business Centre at 8.30pm and are pay as you go. There are no big fees up front and students 12 to 16 years pay less. Facebook page Zumba Castlecomer has all times and prices. There is a class in Moneenroe Gym on Mondays 6.45pm.

Women’s football Erin’s Own women have finished football training for 2013. This year again proved a great success for this bunch of women who set out on a six-week venture in 2009. The season was a very busy one with training every Monday under the guidance of super coach Andy Korff.

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It is down to Andy and his commitment that the girls’ club is still up and running. Training was tougher this year but the feedback from players was positive and because of this the fitness levels of all players was so much better. The women played games at home and took part in the Leinster Blitz in June, Conahy Blitz in August and the All-Ireland Blitz in Dublin on October 19. The women also took part in a mixed game in Ballycomey in August. The All-Ireland blitz was a great day out, starting with a warm up. They then went on to play five games with great football being played in wet conditions. Following the blitz, the women travelled to Naas where they enjoyed a lovely meal and finished the day with a visit to Bollard’s on their return to ‘Comer. Special thanks went to Majella Deevy for all her help, especially with injuries. Although football is finished, the women will be busy getting ready for their Christmas Karaoke Night and New Year’s Day 2014. Gaelic4Mothers thanked a local businessman whose generosity enabled them to buy training tops. They thanked Eurospar for providing food and drinks for blitz days Billy Moran, Chairman Erin’s Own for his support and help.

Local lottos Golf €20,000; Erin’s Own €3,000.


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Illegal dumping: Heavy fines given out at local court

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ABOUT CHRISTMAS

• Norwegian scientists have hypothesized that Rudolph’s red nose is probably the result of a parasitic infection of his respiratory system. • The Germans made the first artificial Christmas trees out of dyed goose feathers. • Each year more than 3 billion Christmas cards are sent. • All the gifts in the Twelve Days of Christmas would equal 364 gifts. • The “true love” mentioned in the song “Twelve Days of Christmas” does not refer to a romantic couple, but the Catholic Church’s code for God. The person who receives

the gifts represents someone who has accepted that code. For example, the “partridge in a pear tree” represents Christ. The “two turtledoves” represent the Old and New Testaments.

• According to the Guinness world records, the tallest Christmas tree ever cut was a 221-foot Douglas fir that was displayed in 1950 at the Northgate Shopping Center in Seattle, Washington.

• Most of Santa’s reindeer have male-sounding names, such as Blitzer, Comet, and Cupid. However, male reindeers shed their antlers around Christmas, so the reindeer pulling Santa’s sleigh are likely not male, but female or castrati.

• The traditional three colors of Christmas are green, red, and gold. Green has long been a symbol of life and rebirth; red symbolizes the blood of Christ, and gold represents light as well as wealth and royalty.

• In A.D. 350, Pope Julius I, bishop of Rome, proclaimed December 25 the official celebration date for the birthday of Christ.

• Two weeks before Christmas is a popular time for couples to break up - aqccording to data analyzed from Facebook posts, two weeks before Christmas is one of the two most popular

times for couples to break up. However, Christmas Day is the least favorite day for breakups. • Contrary to popular belief, suicide rates during the Christmas holiday are low. The highest rates are during the spring. • The world’s largest Christmas stocking measured 106 feet and 9 inches (32.56 m) long and 49 feet and 1 inch (14.97 m) wide. It weighed as much as five reindeer and held almost 1,000 presents. It was made by the Children’s Society in London on December 14, 2007. • Christmas trees have been sold in the U.S. since 1850.b Christmas trees usually grow

for about 15 years before they are sold. • Many European countries believed that spirits, both good and evil, were active during the Twelve Days of Christmas. These spirits eventually evolved into Santa’s elves, especially under the influence of Clement C. Moore’s The Night Before Christmas (1779-1863) illustrated by Thomas Nast (1840-1902). • Each year there are approximately 20,000 “rent-a-Santas” across the United States. “Rent-a-Santas” usually undergo seasonal training on how to maintain a jolly attitude under pressure from the public. They also receive practical advice,

such as not accepting money from parents while children are looking and avoiding garlic, onions, or beans for lunch. • Bolivians celebrate Misa del Gallo or “Mass of the Rooster” on Christmas Eve. Some people bring roosters to the midnight mass, a gesture that symbolizes the belief that a rooster was the first animal to announce the birth of Jesus. • The British wear paper crowns while they eat Christmas dinner. The crowns are stored in a tube called a “Christmas cracker.” • In Poland, spiders or spider webs are common Christmas trees decorations because


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according to legend, a spider wove a blanket for Baby Jesus. In fact, Polish people consider spiders to be symbols of goodness and prosperity at Christmas. Alabama was the first state in the United States to officially recognize Christmas in 1836.f christmas Oklahoma was the last state the declare Christmas a holiday • Mistletoe (Viscum album) is from the Anglo-Saxon word misteltan, which means “little dung twig” because the plant spreads though bird drop-

pings. • Ancient peoples, such as the Druids, considered mistletoe sacred because it remains green and bears fruit during the winter when all other plants appear to die. Druids would cut the plant with golden sickles and never let it touch the ground. They thought it had the power to cure infertility and nervous diseases and to ward off evil. • Evergreens (from the Old English word aefie meaning “always” and gowan meaning

“to grow”) have been symbols of eternal life and rebirth since ancient times. The pagan use and worship of evergreen boughs and trees has evolved into the Christianized Christmas tree. • Because they viewed Christmas as a decadent Catholic holiday, the Puritans banned all Christmas celebrations from 1659-1681 with a penalty of five shillings for each offense. Some Puritan leaders condemned those who favored Christmas as enemies of the Christian religion.

• A Yule log is an enormous log that is typically burned during the Twelve Days of Christmas (December 25-January 6). Some scholars suggest that the word yule means “revolution” or “wheel,” which symbolizes the cyclical return of the sun. A burning log or its charred remains is said to offer health, fertility, and luck as well as the ability to ward off evil spirits. • Because of their pagan associations, both the holly (associated with the mascu-

line principle) and the ivy (the feminine) and other green boughs in home decoration were banned by the sixthcentury Christian Council of Braga. • The poinsettia is native to Mexico and was cultivated by the Aztecs, who called the plant Cuetlaxochitl (“flower which wilts”). For the Aztecs, the plant’s brilliant red color symbolized purity, and they often used it medicinally to reduce fever. Contrary to popular belief, the poinsettia is not poisonous, but holly

berries are. • Christmas has its roots in pagan festivals such as Saturnalia (December 17-December 23), the Kalends (January 1 -5, the precursor to the Twelve Days of Christmas), and Deus Sol Invictus or Birthday of the Unconquerable Sun (December 25). The Christians church heartily disapproved of such celebrations and co-opted the pagans by declaring December 25 as Christ’s day of birth, though there is no evidence Christ was born on that day.


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oming from the creator of Love Actually, Four Weddings and a Funeral and Notting Hill, you might understandably expect About Time to be a romantic comedy. After all, it is fronted by Rachel McAdams and Anna Karenina’s Domhnall Gleeson. Don’t be fooled. This is not a movie about romance. It’s about a far more encompassing idea of love, embracing lovers, friends, and family in a way that makes About Time a rich and wonderful narrative. If you could relive moments of your life until you get them just as you want, what would you do? “For me, it was always going to be all about love,” says young Tim (Gleeson), the eager but naïve romantic at the center of Curtis’s latest dramedy. On his 21st birthday, Tim’s loving father (the deeply charming Bill Nighy) tells him of the incredible inheritance to which he is now entitled. It’s not money, but rather the Y-chromosome imprinted ability to travel back within his own lifetime. His father warns him this gift should be used as a tool to help him get what he really wants in life. And for the first half of the film, Tim really wants a girlfriend. He uses his powers to get a second chance at a first kiss or make a better introduction to a girl he thinks might be the one (McAdams), and to plan a marriage proposal. Gleeson and McAdams are adorable as a couple in love, but just as this plotline begins to run thin, Curtis shifts focus from this story of romance to a more

mature themes that involve Tim’s relationship with his screw-up little sister (Lydia Wilson) and his father, who sadly not even time travel can make immortal. Science-fiction fans may gnash their teeth over the inconsistencies in Curtis’s brand of time travel, as clarity and consistency are sacrificed in favor of dramatic pacing. Here, time travel is used as a tool to discuss the choices we make to do what’s best for us or what’s best for our loved ones, which sometimes means giving up on living in the past. Curtis’s exploration of this theme is emotionally profound, underlined by a pitch perfect soundtrack that includes songs from Nick Cave, Ben Folds, and Jimmy Fontana-- guaranteed to draw tears as he presents a pocket of possibility for time travel that is beautiful and bittersweet. Yet Curtis’s ear for snappy dialogue gives About Time an effervescence, while the cast imbues it with a rich warmth. Gleeson is darling as our lanky hero, handling the awkward romantic introductions as well as the father-son plotline with a vibrant humor. Outstanding support is given by Lindsay Duncan as Tim’s brusque mother, Lydia Wilson as his wild child sister, Richard Cordery as the lovably befuddled Uncle Desmond, and Tom Hollander as Tim’s ever-furious playwright friend Harry. But it’s Nighy who grounds the movie with his role as the timetraveling bookworm who is an easygoing patriarch to this clan. His performance seems so effortless that his and Tim’s relationship feels

authentically lived-in, making the film’s final act all the more powerful. Sadly McAdams is a weak spot. She’s cute and affable as Mary, but she seems miscast, especially with the costuming department desperately playing down McAdams’s natural beauty, saddling her with a bad haircut and clunky matronly clothes. And her charm, while welcome, is wasted on a character that is more a plot necessity than a person. There’s no conflict or complexity to her character. She’s just a tool to teach us about Tim. Mary doesn’t care about the details of her wedding to Tim. He can pick the when, where and who of it all. She’ll just show up in an unconventional dress and look glorious and be a perfect symbol of marital happiness achieved. Aside from this underwritten character and bizarre casting choice, Curtis has made a fantastic and inventive modern-day fable. Tim’s extraordinary ability sets him apart from the rest of the world, giving him a chance to relive any day of his life again. Yet in doing that he discovers he really isn’t that different from the rest of us. His choices are just like ours, deciding to get caught up in what has passed, or to live for today and accept that life goes on. Curtis creates this narrative with a sensational sense of joy and a ribbon of tragedy that makes the former all the sweeter. Beyond being a movie that will make you laugh and cry, About Time is that rare cinematic treat that can make you better appreciate life itself.


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orld War II has been depicted onscreen so many times in the last decade that we at least need a moratorium, if not an outright command to move on to other wars. But The Book Thief, based on the popular novel by Markus Zusak, manages to come across a new angle on this war, exploring the friendship between two young children who wear Swastika armbands and sing songs to Hitler not because they are evil or brainwashed, but because they live in a small German town and this is as common and ordinary as joining the Boy Scouts. That might be enough story for a single sweet, war-torn coming of age story, but The Book Thief feels compelled cram in at least half a dozen other tropes, including the Jew hiding from the Nazis, the orphan girl warming to her new parents, the mysterious older lady benefactor helping our plucky heroine, the tentative preadolescent romance, and of course, the saga of survival amid air raid sirens and war. The fact that thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also occasional voiceover from the Grim Reaper may sound like a joke, but I assure you, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in there too. A rambling, howlingly sentimental story that seems to be grabbing for awards at every turn, The Book Thief dares to burrow deep inside the complex world of German civilians during World War II and come away with nothing except mawkish, soft-focus nonsense. Sophie Nelisse, a French-Canadian up and comer, is all wideeyed, open-mouthed wonder as Liesel, the girl orphaned when her mother is arrested for being a Communist; her younger brother, for unknown reasons, dies while en route to their adoptive parents, so Liesel arrives alone to live with stern Rosa (Emily Watson) and twinkle-eyed Hans (Geoffrey Rush) in their small German village. Shy and closed-off at first, Liesel eventually learns to read with Hansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s encouragement, strikes up a friendship with cutie neighbor Rudy (Nico Liersch), and develops an even deeper bond with a Jewish refugee (Ben Schentzer) hiding out in the basement. The book thieving comes in much later, when the mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wife (Kirsten Block) notices Liesel snatch a copy of The Invisible Man off a pile of tomes the Nazis have opted to burn; instead of turning Liesel in, the woman invites the girl into her expansive library for afternoon reading sessions. I can imagine curling up with and enjoying the book version of The Book Thief, where thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to get into the coming-of-age rhythms and dig into the constant conflict of being a decent person in a country thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on the wrong side of a war. But the glossy, completely surfacelevel movie version of The Book Thief feels committed to scrubbing all that nuance out. From the presence of Rush and Watson to the generically sentimental score from John Williams, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a soulless chimera of every Oscar-bait trope, cobbled from a story that actually deserved better.

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Can you find the words then fit them correctly into the grid?

Bold, courageous, independent, enthusiastic, fun-loving and fascinating Aries. Your ruling planet is Mars, your best day of the week is Tuesday and red is your colour. With Uranus moving through your sign (until 2017), others will surely be magnetised by your presence and captivated by your antics. Persistent, appreciative, dependable, practical and creative Taurus: Your ruling planet is Venus, your best day of the week is Friday and your best colour, green. With Pluto moving through another of the Earth signs, Capricorn, until 2024, your expertise is set to grow and consolidate in the coming years. Funny, versatile, talkative, fast-thinking and sophisticated Gemini: Your ruling planet is Mercury, your best day of the week is Wednesday and your best colours are spring-like, yellow and lilac. Jupiter is in your sign until late June 2013 broadening your world. Sensitive, nurturing, careful, imaginative and encouraging Cancer: Your ruling â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;planetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is the Moon, your best day of the week is Monday and your best colours are blue and silver. Jupiter arrives in your sign in late June 2013 ushering in a period of extraordinary growth and opportunity. Instinctive, warm, creative, extravagant and delightful Leo Your ruling â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;planetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is the Sun, your best day of the week is Sunday and your best colours are gold, yellow and orange. With Uranus moving through another of the Fire signs until 2017, your life journey is set to include adventures. Nimble, versatile, analytical, constructive, meticulous and often mimicallygifted Virgo. Your ruling planet is Mercury, your best day of the week is Wednesday and your colours are Earthy greens and browns. With Neptune now in your opposite sign of Pisces, the need to find perfection is strong. Charming, elegant, stylish, romantic and merger-making Libra Your ruling planet is Venus, your best day of the week is Friday and your colours are gentle hues of blues, pinks and violets. Plutoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s passage through Capricorn until 2024 is shaking your very foundations.

M. Systems (7) N. Synthetic material (5) O. Conspicuous (7) O. Last letter of the Greek alphabet (5) P. Sacred songs (6) S. Changed around (8) S. Balance (8) T. Bandits (7) T. Large drum (7) U. Unwitting (7) W. Victor (6) W. Sapience (6) Z. Elan (4) Z. African equine (5)

A. Dull pain (4) A. Accumulate (5) A. Clumsy (7) C. Hoard (5) C. Composed (4) D. Lairs (4) D. Hates (7) E. Bird of prey (5) E. Tree (3) H. Pig (3) I. Block of metal (5) K. Retains (5) L. Terse (7) M. Spiritualist (6)

A. Justify (7) A. Jelly based on stock (5) A. Insist (6) C. Tapers (7) C. Small boat (5) E. Tripod (5) E. Long fish (3) E. Signs up (7) E. Perpetual (7) G. Gizmos (7) G. Ambit (5) G. Fuel (3) I. Topping (5) I. Notions (5)

K. Small falcon (7) L. Pamphlet (7) M. Enlarge (7) M. Wonder (6) M. Fruit (5) P. Go before (7) R. Detection device (5) R. Rating (7) R. Uncover (6) S. Twilled fabric (5) S. Elementary (6) S. Ophidian (5) T. Topics (6) Y. Annually (6)

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Mesmerising, insightful, determined, resourceful and focused Scorpio Your ruling planets are Mars and Pluto, your best day of the week is Tuesday and your colours deep, deep red and black. Saturn is moving through your sign until late 2014. View this as a long period of self-investment. Developments are indicated by both Mercury and then Neptune arriving at their direct stations. These are likely to be family (and property) related and might even involve increased commitment either to a place or to relatives who live some distance away. The slow-moving right angle formation between Uranus and Pluto is coinciding with highly charged developments in many situations. At economic, social and political levels, root and branch changes are now underway. With these however come roller coasters of emotion. As you probably know, you are sensitive to the movements of both Saturn and Uranus. This week they arrive at a fresh stage of their cycle - as it happens, coinciding with Neptune arriving at its direct station. The link between these three â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;outerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; planets, is indicative of internal change. This week the Moon moves through your sign - and just as Mercury appears to stand still in the sky. This could be your moment to speak out for what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d really appreciate others doing. With Neptune arriving at its station itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to make dreams a reality.


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Business of the week DK Music DK music is a new shop for musical instruments, opened on John Street which had its grand opening last Friday. The shop prices competitively given the quality of their products and there is a huge array of different instruments and items to choose from. The shop has all you could need when it

comes to guitars, pianos, drums, violins and sound-mixing equipment to name just a few items in its massive inventory. The staff are friendly and will help you in all of your inquiries. Kilkenny has a great musical tradition and DK Music is another fantastic place to shop for your music needs.

Pub of the week The Dylan Whisky Bar Though only four years old, The Dylan Whisky Bar feels like it has been sitting on John Street for twenty times that. The bar’s aesthetic is Victorian, and it executes the cosy atmosphere splendidly with its deep red couches and dozens of artworks that line the walls. As you might already

suspect, The Dylan Whisky Bar has a fantastic selection of whiskies with over 100 different types from all around the world but that is not their only drinks. Along with whisky there is also dozens of different beers, wines and other spirits that give the place a fantastic variety. A great and unique bar.

Book of the week Townlands: a habitation Townlands: a habitation is a new book, locally produced that focuses on the effect that landscape and geography have on people’s identity and culture. The book’s subtitle is ‘A Creative Exploration of a Rural Landscape’ and it is truly an exploration full of depth that gives a glimpse of both the wide cultural variety that exists

in Ireland as well as detailed analysis of certain people and cultures. Though only 148 pages the work is bursting with content from essays, poems and photography as well as a myriad of other items. Townlands: a habitation is an absolutely fascinating and enlightening experience that should definitely be picked up.

DVD of the week The Great Gatsby The Great Gatsby was quite a controversial film when it first came out at the start of the Summer. Many loved its fantastic casting and intoxicating style while others loathed its

TV of the week Vikings Season 1 Vikings is a new Canadian-Irish television series, filmed in Ireland that had its first season earlier this year and is set to start again in 2014. Certainly a show aiming to compete with Game of Thrones, Vikings is a much more straightforward and focused work that, though not quite Game of Thrones is

an extremely highquality experience. The show follows the adventures of Ragnar Lothbrok, a hero of his age who has aspirations to become king of the Viking tribes. Vikings is certainly a concept made surprisingly little use of in the world of fantasy and this show should definitely be watched.

incessant melodrama and Baz Luhrmann’s seemingly superficial view of the novel (painting Gatsby just as Nick sees him, maintaining Gatsby’s illusions of Daisy etc.). Luhrmann has always been an extremely visual and often inconsistent director but The Great

Gatsby manages to be just as stylistic as his previous films while also having story and characters much more grounded and real than in previous efforts. Even if the sets often resemble something out of ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’ the film is still a worthy effort and worth seeing.


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Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag In its now five year history Assassin’s Creed has been an incredibly popular mainstay in the games industry and has taken us from the holy land to renaissance Italy to the American Revolution and now to the Caribbean. A spiritual successor to the Prince of Persia series, the basic gameplay of Assassin’s Creed is

made up of killing political officials, leaping across rooftops and more recently sailing ships. How smoothly our main character can manoeuver across every ledge and rise on the front of a building is one of the series’ defining elements. After the series hit its nadir with last year’s Assassin’s Creed 3 I am

pleased to announce that ubisoft have completely refreshed the formula

with Black Flag and it is one of the series’ best instalments.

App of the week Infinity Blade III At launch, the first Infinity Blade was famous for being by a mile the best looking game ever available on a smart phone. Developed by Epic Games (Gears of War and Unreal Tournament) on the Unreal 3 engine (also used on everything

from Borderlands to Mass Effect) the game was one of the few app games to receive reviews by mainstream publications like gamespot and IGN. The basic gameplay is based on a series of one on one fights with monsters and men of dozens of different

varieties, the combat is basically a series of quick-time events and works very well overall. Infinity Blade doesn’t change the formula much but the gameplay is of such high quality for an app game that it’s hard to notice.

Film of the week Gravity Finally out in cinemas in Ireland, the latest film by director Alfonso Cuarón is transcendent and one of the best films released this year. Gravity is a film about a medical engineer and an astronaut who must work together after they are left adrift in space because of an accident.

The film stars George Clooney, Ed Harris and Sandra Bullock and they all put in the phenomenal performances expected of them, expect heavy talk of this film when the Oscars come around. The film’s critical reception has been unprecedented in the genre, the film is simply a must see.

Gig of the week An evening with Michael Harding Michael Harding is an Irish novelist, playwright and short-story writer, most notable for plays: Strawboys, Una Pooka and Misogynist. Tomorrow will see him make readings of his memoirs ‘Staring at Lakes’ at The Watergate theatre. From becoming a priest to his spiral into depression, Staring at Lakes is a harrowing but

Album of the Week Oneothrix Point Never: R Plus Seven Even if one is not a fan of the music of Oneothrix Point Never, it cannot be denied that he is a musician who never repeats himself. Most fans were disappointed with R plus Seven, a schizophrenic and bizarre work that sets itself at complete odds with 2011’s fantastic and much loved Replica. The album makes use of samples as well as sounds one

would expect to hear from a 1980’s computer, these sounds are layered on top of each other and are changed and altered constantly. This creates a sound that is unsettling and alien while also being extremely warm and organic, a rare accomplishment in electronic music. R Plus Seven is a fantastic follow up from one of electronic music’s greatest minds.

ultimately uplifting and rejuvenating experience whose message can be experienced tenfold by the man himself delivering it to you. On top of this Harding will talk openly of his experiences as well as interact with his famous wit and charm with the audience. The evening will start at 8PM and tickets are €15.

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9ROXQWHHULQJWRKHOS We at Castlecomer Credit Union have been serving the people of Ballyfoyle, Castlecomer, Clogh, Connahy, Coon, Mooneenroe and Muckalee, since our formation on Wednesday 15th February 1967. Our credit union is run and overseen by a group of unpaid volunteers who are elected by the credit union members at the annual AGM at the end of the year. A Board of Directors is elected to direct the running of the credit union and also a group of three supervisors are elected to independently ensure that the credit union is being directed in a proper manner for the benefit of all members. Our Credit Union is owned by it members. The Credit Union uses member’s savings to provide affordable loans for other members. The Credit Union encourages people to save regularly and then when they have built up a savings record, to take out loans if and when they require them. Historically, Castlecomer Credit Union grew steadily between 1967 and 2008, the collapse in the Irish economy has impacted on the Credit Union Sector, but to a lesser extent as compared to other financial institutions as the credit union has managed to continue to be able to pay a dividend to its members. The board of directors are continually examining the viability of Castlecomer Credit Union. While the possibility of merging with another credit union is a consideration the Board have agreed that no such merger will occur at present. The Board of Directors aims to steer the Credit Union on a course that will enable it to increase its membership, while at the same time engage with its current members, and strengthen its position in the local community. To attain this, the Board of Directors are focused on the following objectives:  Retain existing membership.  Encourage new members.  Maintain existing and provide new services to our membership to meet their changing needs.  Use all available methods of communicating with our members including our website printed media, digital media and social media.  Create a personal relationship with our members.  Become more involved in our community through sponsorship and support.  Introduce a draw for members.  To improve the level of service we provide to our members.  Create a relationship with all the schools within the common bond to maximise potential membership and educate future members on the operating principles of the credit union movement and the services available.  Treat all our members equally  Promote a good loan application experience for members, and minimise time taken for a decision on future applications.  Introduce an interest rebate for members annually.  Make use of the latest technological advances to improve our services to members. Castlecomer Credit Union recently launched their website www.castlecomercu. ie. The website allows members to access their accounts, check their balance and view transactions. There is also a lot of information about the Credit Union on our website, including a loan calculator which is a very useful tool for members to assess their ability to repay a loan. There are a number of forms available on the website such as membership application form, and a loan application form. We will be developing the website over time to include online bill payment, transfer of funds to other accounts etc. We would encourage members to register online and enter an email address

so they can receive the newsletters and information about future developments of the Credit Union. Approximately 64% of the households in the common bond have access to computers and the internet. We will be launching a Facebook page shortly and would encourage members with a Facebook account to like and share the Credit Union page and they will then be alerted to upcoming events and developments within the Credit Union. We will have competitions on our Facebook page so watch out for that. We are also considering the introduction of debit cards to members, which will give members access to the funds 24 hours a day seven days a week. This development will take time but we hope to be in a position to deliver these services during 2014. As we have no transaction charges we would encourage members to transfer their wages to their Credit Union account. Anyone wishing have their wages paid to their Credit Union account should contact the Credit Union for further details. We currently have the service for members to pay their utility bills at Castlecomer Credit Union. We are considering the introduction of budget accounts for members to assist members in mamaging the household finances. Since its introduction there is greater demand for debit card services by members as they come to appreciate the their convenience. This facility will allow members to make a payment over the phone and the receipt is given to the member when they call in to the Credit Union. Our opening hours are: Monday CLOSED Tuesday 9.30am - 5.00pm (open through lunch) Wednesday 9.30am - 5.00pm (open through lunch) Thursday 9.30am - 5.00pm (open through lunch) Friday 9.30am - 5.00pm (open through lunch) Saturday 9.30am - 5.00pm (open through

lunch) As a Credit Union operates within a what is called a common bond area, we are not competing with other credit unions for a share of the market. Our main competitors for loans are Banks, Finance Companies, and money lenders. The following tables show the cost for similar loans from the Credit Union and their

competitors. Borrowing €1,500 Over 12 Month Term Financial Institution Loan Amount Monthly Repayment Term in Months Total Cost of Credit Bank Of Ireland €1,500 133.89 12 1,606.68 Allied Irish Bank €1,500 134.70 12 1,616.40 Permanent TSB €1,500 132.78 12 1,593.36 Ulster Bank €1,500 134.91 12 1,618.92 Castlecomer CU €1,500 131.87 12 1,582.44 Borrowing €5,000 Over 36 Month Term Financial Institution Loan Amount Monthly Repayment Term in Months Total Cost of Credit Bank Of Ireland €5,000 166.14 36 5,981.04 Allied Irish Bank €5,000 166.10 36 5,979.60 Permanent TSB €5,000 164.66 36 5,999.76 Ulster Bank €5,000 167.37 36 6,025.32 Castlecomer CU €5,000 161.34 36 5,808.24 Borrowing €10,000 Over 60 Month Term Financial Institution Loan Amount Monthly Repayment Term in Months Total Cost of Credit Bank Of Ireland €10,000 220.02 60 13,201.20 Allied Irish Bank €10,000 219.00 60 13,140.00 Permanent TSB €10,000 223.68 60 13,420.65 Ulster Bank €10,000 220.68 60 13,240.80 Castlecomer CU €10,000 212.47 60 12,748.20 Borrowing €500 Over 12 Month Term Financial Institution Loan Amount Monthly Repayment Term in Months Total Cost of Credit Provident Ireland €50015.00 52 780.00 Castlecomer CU €50010.11 52 525.72 The results show clearly that borrowing from Castlecomer Credit Union is cheaper on each example above. The Credit Union rate used in the above examples was the personal loan rate of 10.52% APR. The Comparison betwen Provident Ireland and Castlecomer Credit Union needs no explanation as the advertised interest rate of 157.3% APR for Provident is not competitive. The interest rates of Castlecomer Credit Union are only charged on the remaining


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balance of a loan. We have three interest rates which we apply to loans: Standard Personal Loans 10.52% APR Student Loans 6.18% APR Guaranteed Loans 5.65% APR Guaranteed loans are loans granted to members which are less than the value of their shares. An amount of shares equal to the loan balance are held as security againast the loan. This amount reduces with the declining loan balance. For futher information on any of the above rates or to apply for a loan please call in to the Credit Union and speak to one of the loans officers. There is no need for an appointment. The competitors which have not been analysed in the above examples are the Car Finance Companies. There is a significant difference in the way the Finance companies operate in comparison to the Credit Union. The finance companies operate a hire purchase agreement with the consumer. This agreement means the ownership of the vehicle does not transfer to the consumer until the final payment has been made by the consumer. The finance companies require an initial deposit of between 10% and 30% of the retail price of the car being purchased. They also require a baloon payment at the end of the term of the hire purchase agreement. Apart from the Credit Union being cheaper, the Credit Union member has full ownership of the car from the begining of the agreement. The research on all the competitors demonstrates the competitive position of Castlecomer Credit Union. The interest rate used for Castlecomer Credit Union in the examples above was 10.52%, which is the personal loan rate. This is the highest interest rate charged by Castlecomer Credit Union. The layout of the the Credit Union has changed recently with the erection of a partition at the loans counter. Members privacy is very important to the Credit Union and it is envisaged this partition will give members

more privacy when making a loan application. We offer the following services to our members:  Shares  Loans to Members  Household Bill Payment  Savings Stamps  MABS payments  County Council Morgtage Payments  Life Savings Insurance  Loan Protection Insurance  Death Benefit Insurance

 Health Insurance Group Scheme  Debit Card Payments  Express Lodgement Facility  Scholarships Our main product is loans to members at very competitive interest rates. The other products and services are provided at no cost to Credit Union members. The range of products and services could be extended to include budget accounts, online bill payments, online loan enquiries, direct debits, debit cards, and an

APP for mobile phones. We want to meet the needs of our members in the current economic climate. One method of meeting the needs of our members is to offer an interest rebate to our members with performing loans. The rebate will refund a percentage of the interest paid by the member during the financial year. This would equate to a cut in the loan interest rates and would reward the borrowers whose repayments are up to date. The rebate would be paid to members in early December, in time for Christmas and the members would be allowed to withdraw the rebate for their own personal use. We will work with all the schools in the common bond to educate the children on how to use the credit union from an early age. We will talk to their families annually on the best ways to prepare for third level education for their children starting as they enter secondary school which gives families up to six years to prepare. We are currently working with the transition year students in Castlecomer Community School on a project which will benefit the students and Castlecomer Credit Union. This project will come to fruition early in 2014. Castlecomer Credit Union has a scholarship which is awarded to one student each year. All student members can enter the draw for the scholarship which takes place at the Annual General Meeting each year. The Scholarship is for a three year period. For further details contact Castlecomer Credit Union. We will introduce a newsletter for our members which would be freely available. The personnel of the Credit Union know the members by name and have built a relationship with the members. This is very important for the members and for the future of the Credit Union. We are very competitive with our interest rates. If we introduce an interest rebate annually and a dividend our membership will grow. This will make Castlecomer Credit Union viable and secure for the next generation. This is your Credit Union, and we encourage you to make the best use of your membership to meet your own needs.


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Call for independent review of engagement

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Bronze Medal, Inistioge: At the SuperValu TidyTowns South East Regional Awards in Kilkenny Castle, from left, Martin Kelleher, SuperValu Managing Director, David Woods, Inistioge Tidy Towns and Minister Phil Hogan

Commended, Tullahought: Martin Kelleher, Eamon Doyle, Tullahought Community Development Ltd, Minister Phil Hogan

Highly Commended, Inistioge: Martin Kelleher, David Woods, Inistioge Tidy Towns, Cllr Pat Dunphy, Chair Kilkenny County Council and Phil Hogan

Endeavour, Bennettsbridge: Martin Kelleher, Ann Mahon, Bennettsbridge TidyTowns and Phil Hogan

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Catriona Hahn, formerly Catriona Cleere of Bennettsbridge, meets Mick Hanley

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Golf Notes – Callan Lotto

on offer from Callan Golf Club this November with the possibility of winning a free years membership for 2014. The first prize in the club raffle draw is full membership and for 5e per ticket or 3 for 10e it could be you!! Please support your club and you never know, 2014 could be a year of fantastic value for you.

Almost 3 years ago the Callan Golf Club Lottery was launched and thanks to the wonderful support of members and friends of the club it has gone from strength to strength. In 2013 alone there were 3 jackpot winners bringing the number of thousandaires who have won into double figures. The Lotto is a vital income stream thanks to your generosity. On behalf of the lotto committee and chairperson Murt Cuddihy your support is much appreciated and ensures the safe financial stability of our organisation. Please continue entering the draw every Thursday and hopefully you could be our latest thousandaire !!

Ladies Results Senior Ladies Results Thursday 7th Nov 1st Mairead Blanchfield 2nd Sheila Kirby 3rd Betty McGrath 4th Ann Campion Tuesday Nov. 5th 12 Hole Stableford Bea O’Donovan 25pts Breda Bolger 24pts Joan Phelan 24pts c/b Mary D Grace 23pts

Improvements and thanks 2013 will live long in the memory for the volunteerism when members put their shoulders to the wheel and helped to improve their club. There are too many people to thank individually bit their efforts can be seen even on approach to the club as the paint work is resplendent around the gate, while the showers, upstairs seating and bar area have all recieved a face lift.

Junior Alliance/Minor Alliance There has been a team of volunteers keeping the shop running and providing wonderfully welcoming receptions to visitors and locals alike. The course continues to recieve great compliments and huge credit goes to the course staff for their untiring efforts. Voluntary work on the course was at a high level also with divot filling, bunker edging and

lake cleaning on the first hole all undertaken. A massive job was done on the sixth hole with necessary green renovation making a massive difference to the green for many years to come. The secret of the continuing success of our club has been the wonderful voluntary efforts of so many members without whose efforts the club would struggle.

Please know that all the effort has been noticed and is vital to the future running of the club. Thanks to all for your on going efforts. Captains Social Evening On Saturday 23rd of November Paul Cashin and Rose Brophy, Captains 2013, invite all members to join them for their social evening in the Golf Club with dinner and entertainment included in the

ticket price. It promises to be a memorable night with tickets (25e) available from the bar and the office. It is always a great night and a fitting curtain closer for the golfing year so please come along and enjoy an evening with your 2013 Captains.

Membership Raffle There is a wonderful prize

Helena McCormack had a great win in the Junior Alliance in Gowran Park on Monday Nov 4th bringing in a score of 40 pts. On the same day Callan hosted the Minor Alliance . Over 70 golfers played and Aoife Lanigan was among the prize winners. Ladies AGM will take place on Monday Dec.2nd at 7.30 pm in Callan Golf Club.

Golf Notes – Gowran NOVEMBER MADNESS – Play for Turkey’s and Hams There will be an Open Singles Competition on Saturday next 16th November with a special entry fee of only €10.00 for visitors (€5 for members). Prizes will be turkey’s and hams – a great chance to get ready for the festive season ahead! Timesheet is now open online or telephone 056 7726699. Open Fourball – Sunday 10th November Our final Open Fourball of the year took place on Sunday last after a short delay due to frost. Blessington Lake members Gavin Morris (18) and Michael Anglim (14) too first spot on the day with 47 points. Serious scrutiny took place to define 2nd and 3rd place between Gowran Park pairings James Comerford and Larry Cleere and Paddy McGuinness and Mick Dillon after being level on the back 9, 6 , 3 and back 1. They were eventually divided by a countback on the last 6 holes of the front 9 with James Comerford’s eagle on the 8th hole being the determining

1st M. Logue (21) 22pts cb 2nd G.Latchford (24) 22pts Ladies South East Alliance 4th November 2013 - Gowran Park 1st H. McCormick (Callan) (21) - 40pts 2nd G. Walsh (Clonmel) (25) - 36pts 3rd P. Barry (Cahir Park) (27) - 35pts cb 4th G. Hickey (Gowran) (21) - 35pts Back 9 A. Farrell (Gowran) (19) - 21pts Front 9 G. Latchford (Gowran) (25) 20pts Well done to Ann Mullins and Catherine O’Driscoll who featured in the Squirrels Alliance in Rathdowney.

SENIORS

factor – well done James and Larry.

Autumn Qualifier – 7th/8th November 2013 Competition was strong in last weeks’ Autumn Qualifying series. Thomastown native

John Skehan (18) took the leading qualifying spot on a countback from Michael Fitzpatrick (13) – both players scored 37 points with Gerry Minogue (15) taking the remaining qualifying spot 2 points further back. The series continues this

Thursday and Friday with a timesheet in place with the final to take place on 13th December.

LADIES Ladies 11 Hole Stableford - 6th November 2013

Seniors Open Singles – Tuesday 5th November 2013 Callan members were to the fore in our last Open Seniors for the season on Tuesday last 5th November. S. Fitzpatrick (17) took the leading spot on 39 points with playing partner Tommy Owen taking the runner up spot on 31 points. Golden Golfers - Scramble – Friday 8th November 2013 Our weekly golden golf-

ers competition goes from strength to strength, with a great atmosphere ensuing on Friday mornings in Gowran Park! Friday 8th saw an 11 hole Scramble with Liam O’Dwyer’s team coming out victorious with 58 points just pipping Kieran Mahon’s team into second place with 57 points. Competition continues every Friday for members with a draw for partners at 10.00 a.m. This open draw is an opportunity for members to get to mingle outside of their usual pairings and especially for new members to become involved. 1st L.ODwyer (9), M.Bolger (16), J.Fisher (20) & S.Kavanagh (23) - 58pts 2nd K.Mahon (12). M.Comerford (20), G;Latchford (25) 57pts

Fixtures Saturday 16th November Open Singles – Visitors €10.00 – play for Turkey’s & Hams Sunday 17th November Members 11 Hole Singles Thursday 14th/Fri 15th November Open Autumn Series – Singles Saturday 23rd November RACE MEETING


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Golf Notes – Kilkenny MEMBERSHIP There are a number of vacancies open for the Ladies and Gents sections of the club. Applicants who wish to join at the moment can enjoy the benefit of 3 months free membership as their fees will cover them until their subscription becomes due for renewal in 2015. Please contact Sean or Aoife in the office at 056 7765400 who will give you full details of all the packages that are available. Membership for the Boys and Girls Primary/ Juvenile/Junior categories will not be considered until February 2014.

BRIDGE LESSONS The Bridge lessons will continue on Monday Nov 18th at 7.45pm in the club.

PLACING Placing is in play everywhere on the course except in hazards. The ball must be marked before lifting and replaced within 6 inches not nearer the hole. Relief may also be obtained from the drainage tracks on the 7th, 9th and 11th, Nearest point of relief not nearer the hole. Ropes and stanchions are immovable obstructions and cannot be interfered with; relief may be obtained nearest point of relief not nearer the hole.

BAR CLOSING TIMES With the arrival of Winter the Bar closing times have changed to the following, Mon 10.30pm (Bridge Lessons) Tues 8pm. Wed 11pm, Thurs 8pm, Fri & Sat 9pm, Sun 10pm. These times may vary

Nicholson, Mary Shields 34 pts 2. Phil Cooke, Joan O’Sullivan, Mary Gorman 33 pts 3. Josie Bolger, Breda Kavanagh, Barbara Schofield 33 pts 4. Pat Walsh, Ann Gubbins, Josie McPhilips 30 pts Next Competition Thursday November 14th 10.00 – 11.00.

FIXTURES

depending on functions etc.

RESULTS MENS 14 HOLE SINGLES SUNDAY NOVEMEBER 10TH. 1. Stephen Sheenan (11) 33 Pts (B3) 2. Pat Butler Snr (5) 33 Pts 3. John Martin (13) 32 Pts Best Gross; Colin Corbett (8) 25 Gross Pts 4. Michael Egan Snr (17) 31 Pts 5. Lee O’ Sullivan (11) 31 Pts Date for Presentation of Prizes to be confirmed. Two’s Club Sun 10TH November 2013, 14 Hole Mens Singles Conor Boland at 6th, Pat Butler, Alan Byrne, Gerry Stewart, Cathal O’Neill, Jeff Kealy at 17th. Each Two is worth €22.00 and is credited in the Pro Shop. MENS SATURDAY CROSSCARD NOVEMEBR 9TH - 4 PERSON TEAM EVENT 1. Liam Cody (12) Joe O’Neill (17) Stephen Sheenan (11)

Michael Keane (16) 77 pts 2. David Culliton (20) Maurice Ryan (21) John Bracken (17) Tom Keating (28) 74 pts 3. Seamus Rochford (12) Jim White (9) Myles McCabe (22) Daragh McNamara (7) 72 pts 4. Michael O’Reilly (19) Larry Gittens (11) Eddie Guilfoyle (14) Noel Skehan (15) 70 pts

LADIES RESULTS & NEWS LADIES 9 HOLE ABC STROKE SUN 3RD NOV & TUES NOV 5TH 1st Class A, Eithne Murphy (15) 33.5 net 2nd Class A, Bridie McGarry (9) 36.5 net 1st Class B, Ann Widger (22) 34 net 2nd Class B, Margaret McCreery (19) 36.5 net (35.5+1) 1st Class C, Deirdre Byrne (36) 39 net 2nd Class C, Barbara Schofield (35) 39.5 net

Overall 2nd, Mary Leahy Browne (3) 37.5 net Overall 3rd, Margaret Hogan (24) 38 net (L6) Ladies Committee Meeting on Tuesday November 12th at 7.30pm. The Ladies who lost out on golf on their outing to Woodenbridge due to weather will have a get together in Kilkenny on Wednesday November 21st. The tee is reserved from 11 to 12. Yoga continues each Wednesday morning at 10.30 am.

Ladies Fixtures Tuesday 12th November, Ladies 9 Hole Stableford 8.30 -10.20 and 12.20 – 2.20, No evening slots. Tuesday 19th November, Ladies 9 Hole Stableford 8.30 -10.20 and 12.20 – 2.20, No evening slots. Times also available on Saturday Nov 16th 1.30 – 2.15 Draw

SENIOR MEN Results Thursday November

7th 14 Holes 1. John O’Leary (18) Jack Nolan (22) Frank Dalton (22) Peter McQuillan (24) 67 pts (B7) 2. Tom Gunning (15) Shem Lawlor (22) Finbar Coughlan (22) Billy Dalton (32) 67 pts 3. Michael Grant (8) Pat O’ Shea (19) Michael Cody (21) Tim O’Mahony (36) 66 pts (B7) 4. Jim Ryan (14) Michael O’Reilly (19) Reay Brandon (21) Tom Reade (24) 66 pts 5. Rodger Curran (15) Peter Dabinet (19) Michael Barry (26) Pat Kelleher (26) 65 pts 6. Pat Foley (12) Christy Rainey (22) Jim Treacy (21) Maurice Ryan (21) 63 pts 7. Con O’Sullivan (15) Dick Cogan (21) Martin Treacy (19) Eamon Brennan (30) 62 pts Next Competition Thursday November 14th 11.00 – 1.00.

SENIOR LADIES Results Thursday November 7th 1. Hilda Richardson, Gretta

Tuesday 12th Nov, 8.30 -10.20 and 12.20 – 2.20 Ladies 9 Hole Stableford, 11.00 – 11.15 Schools Match Wednesday 13th Nov, 1.00 – 2.00 Members Time Thursday 14thNov, 10.00 – 11.00 Senior Ladies, 11.00 – 1.00 Senior Men, 1.00 – 2.00 Members Time Friday 15th Nov; 1.00 - 2.00 Members Saturday 16th Nov; 8.00 – 9.30 Members, 10.00 – 11.00 Visitors, Men’s Crosscard Shotgun Start at 1.00, Please sing in by 12.45 at latest. 1.45 – 2.30 Ladies 9 Hole Competition. Sunday 17th Nov, 8.00 – 1.45, Four Person Team Event. Monday 18th Nov, 1.00 – 2.00 Members Time Tuesday 19th Nov, 8.30 -10.20 and 12.20 – 2.20 Ladies 9 Hole Stableford, slots also available Saturday 16th from 1.45 – 2.30 (Draw for partner) Wednesday 20th Nov, 11.00 – 12.00 Kilkenny Ladies, 1.00 – 2.00 Members Time.

Golf Notes – Mountain View Christmas Parties Mountain View seniors are holding their Christmas party on Tuesday November 26th. On the day their competition will commence at 10.00 AM followed by presentation of prizes and Christmas dinner. The day will conclude with the usual card game. If you are member of this group and not playing regular golf please contact John Coleman or the clubhouse if you wish to attend. Club members are reminded to register for the Members Christmas Mixed Scramble. The scramble will take place on December 1st with a shotgun start at 9am. This will be followed with a presentation of all outstanding prizes including Golfer of The Year, Club Singles & Doubles winners and runners up, all Monthly Medals, Champions

Cup and Winter League winners. It promises to be a great day and afterwards join us for some festive food and drinks to mark the end of another great year.

1. C Foskin / D Grant / S Manogue 81 Pts. 2. M Walsh / D Hanrahan / J Rochford 76 Pts. 3. F Nolan / J Coleman / T Walsh 76 Pts. Tuesday Nov 5th MV Seniors Fourball Better Ball 1 Dick Hanrahan / John Menton 48 Pts. 2. Martin Walsh / Mick Dunne 44 Pts. 3. Michael Hoyne / John Fielding 44 Pts.

Winter League After round 4 of the winter league Colm Hayes has extended his lead to 42Pts in category 1 after scoring 46Pts last weekend. He is followed by Eddie Walsh on 27Pts and Michael Waugh with 18 Pts. In Category 2 Tommy Coyne is the leader on 21Pts with David Fitzpatrick on 18Pts. Vincent McCarthy has moved to third place with 15Pts followed by Nicky Byrne and Frank Kavanagh both on 12Pts. Philip Parsons and Joe Earle are joint leaders in Category 3 on 33Pts. They are followed by JJ Holohan 19Pts and Pat Ryan 16Pts.

Diary

Results Sunday Nov 10th Winter League 4th round Catagory 1. C Hayes(13)

46Pts, E Walsh(13) 43Pts, M Waugh(14) 42Pts. Category 3. V McCarthy(17) 41Pts, Jim Dunne(18) 39Pts, D Fitzpatrick(18) 38Pts.

Category 3. J Earle(20) 43Pts, P Parsons(19) 41Pts, JJ Holohan(22) 36Pts Tuesday Oct 29th MV Seniors 3 Person Rumble.

Sunday Nov 17th Winter League 5th Round (Single Stroke) Tuesday Nov 19th MV Seniors Competition Wednesday Nov 20th Ladies 18 Hole Competition Sunday Nov 24th Winter League 6th Round (Single Stableford) Tuesday Nov 26th MV Seniors Christmas Party Sunday Dec 1st Members Christmas Mixed Scramble


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