FRIDAY in Shortall’s Bar brings a farewell evening of sorts to another fantastic Wellie Festival in the town of Castlecomer.
The Last Super, as it has become popularly known, is a celebration of a great event that boosts the coffers of a collection of charities in ‘Comer and hinterland.
Money raised by the Wellie Race will be presented to various charities at 9pm. There is an open invitation to locals and friends to go along to the big night.
The evening will be the official end of Wellie Race 2018 and will also mark the start of preparations for the next big event on New Year’s Day, January 1, 2019.
Kilquan Players present The Maiden Aunt, a comedy in three parts by Jimmy Keary.
Venue is Coon Hall on this Saturday and Sunday, March 3 and 4, 8pm. Admission €10.
Castlecomer Library Ladies’ Friendship Club meet twice monthly.
Join them for a cuppa, chat and exchange of views and information.
Next meeting is March 13, 10.30am-12 noon. Facilitator: is Sarah Kearns at 77-71404.
Afternoon Book Club meets on the last Tuesday of the month. February 27 meeting will discuss Naming the Stars by Jennifer Johnston. New members welcome.
World Book Day is March 1, and if you call to the library they will enter you in a free raffle.
The library welcomes parents and carers with pre-school children, every Wednesday at 11.30am for stories and crafts.
The Men’s Shed Group will host an information session, with refreshments from 11am to 1pm on March 7. New members welcome.
Do you know that it costs nothing to own a Library Card? The library encourages everyone to apply for a card which will give access to millions of books, cds, dvds as as well as all the online services, such as languages, courses, ebooks audiobooks.
Call in and ask any staff member for further details.
For further information: contact: 056-4440561 or email@example.com
Day of Prayer
The annual Women’s World Day of Prayer Service will be held in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Castlecomer on at 7 30pm. All are welcome
Wandesforde National School, Castlecomer, is accepting applications for the next school year.
Completed applications must be in by 3pm on March 31.
Kilkenny AAI awards night in Gowran Park marked multiple achievements by athletes in 2017.
Castlecomer athletes presented with awards included James Kelly (road racing), Lauren Dermody celebrating her cross country performances which included her personal race achievements, her part as a member of Senior All-Ireland Kilkenny team and also in the All-Ireland novice championship.
Molly O’Dornan, U13 All-Ireland silver medal winning Kilkenny team. Sile Carroll, Kilkenny Ladies CC and and Mary Mealey were other award recipients
James Kelly competed at under age levels. However,the demands of the early years of his career precluded the input to training required to sustain competitive running.
He has now returned to this discipline, having progressed to a new balance where he includes in his training the commute to and from work, covering the paths from suburbia to Dublin City Centre.
No surprise then that while performing well in cross country, including being a county silver medallist at provincial level, he has excelled on the road racing circuit. His approach is perhaps a model in discipline and time management.
Lauren Dermody, a student in UL has progressed steadily from under age running to the adult stage.
Most recently she excelled in the National Intermediate Cross Country Championships.
Before that she was the leading runner on the Irish U23 Celtic Championships team.
When younger she led an Irish team to international competition in Burgos in Spain and was part of the UL National Road Racing Relay championship winning team in 2017.
Lauren was silver medallist in the U23 8k National CC Championship race in Abbotstown last November.
In October her outstanding second place in the Novice Women’s National Championship race was the first individual national cross country medal won at adult level since Castlecomer AC reformed in 1984.
Lauren’s modesty is as notable as her achievements.
Long cherished within club circles, this award is indicative of the esteem with which she is held in County Kilkenny.
When Kilkenny U13 girls won bronze in the National Cross Country Championships, Molly O’Dornan was one of their number.
To appreciate what Molly brought to the team, let us return to the excitement she brought to the Kilkenny Championships in Castlecomer in October.
In this column, we read that ‘Molly O’Dornan was immensely impressive – running at the head of the race throughout the first half. It was only at the three quarter stage that she fell out of the medal positions – undeterred she finished strongly in fourth place.’
The ability to be at the head of the race, enhanced by the response when overtaken, demonstrates what Molly brings to cross country running and what made her such a valuable member of the county team. She was in the top 20 at Leinster Championship stage.
When Kilkenny were U13 All-Ireland bronze medal winners, Molly O’Dornan was their third runner of six home when finishing 37th in a field of almost 150.
Sile Carroll whose underage running was with Castlecomer AC was a part of the Kilkenny Senior Ladies All-Ireland Cross Country medal winning team – Sile currently runs with Liffey Valley AC while representing Kilkenny at inter-county level.
Living and working in Dublin, Sile trains and competes with Liffey Valley AC.
With The Phoenix Park as a training venue. she continues to run competitively.
In a move which illustrates the inclusiveness and community base of athletics clubs, each club was invited to nominate a long serving member whose service would be acknowledged.
This award has been largely earned by the club acknowledging the input in this column of its PRO.
The opportunity to engage in competitive athletics for these and all other Castlecomer athletes is facilitated by those who coach and administer at club level.
In celebrating this group of notable achievers, we reflect with gratitude on the many who have contributed in this way over time.
For the current team it is particularly satisfying to engage with the extra encouragement which success brings.
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