Allen, Coill Dubh

THAT OLD ROBERTSTOWN SCHOOL PHOTO AGAIN: A few weeks back we published in this column an old school photograph from Robertstown NS and enquired if anyone could identify all those included. The picture – of the 1947 Confirmation class – obviously generated quite a bit of interest, as we got a number of helpful calls, all gratefully received.

In the end two men, Mick Nugent, Ballyteague, and Tom Moore, Prosperous, were especially helpful. Between them they are pretty confident that they can name the entire group, eight or nine of whom are gone to their eternal reward: Back Row (from left) Breda Donoghue, Theresa Cross, Gretta Fitzgerald, Michael Herbert, Mick Nugent, Padraig Harrington, Sean Malone, Eileen Fitzgerald.

Middle (from left) Tom Moore, Mick Lenihan, Martin Swords, Paddy Brereton, John Maher, Ned Malone, Frank Maher.

Front (from left) Seamus Farrell, Kathleen Moore, Elsie Logan, Lil Maher, Anne Domican, Mary Domican, Theresa Byrne, Dick Lenihan.

There were three teachers in the school at the time, the principal Mr. P. D. Harrington, whose son Padraig ( pictured) is a bishop in Africa, Miss Doyle and Miss Murray, who taught the infants and lived for so many years in Kilmeague.

While 1947 is not all that long ago really, both Mick and Tom can recall each pupil having to bring a sod of turf for the fire each day, a system which had changed to an ass-load of turf by the time your scribe started in the old academy on the hill almost a decade later. Hopefully we have got most of the names correct, though Tom and Mick concede that there may be some doubt over a couple of the Christian names.

ROBERTSTOWN GFC: Junior A Championship Semi-Final: Robertstown v Rheban on Sunday in Newbridge at 5pm, all support appreciated.

MEDIA STAR: How many of you heard local Garda John Joe O’Connell doing the Garda slot on KFM recently? It will probably be next stop ‘Crimecall’ for the affable Laois man, who also plays football for the O’Dempseys club, as well as for the Carlow-Kildare divisional team in the Garda championships.

HURLING HAPPENINGS: The seniors lost out by five points to Ardclough in their final group game on Sunday evening. Some good saves from Damien Byrne kept Coill Dubh in the hunt, with Noel Casey, John Byrne and Adrian McAndrew also to the fore. Coill Dubh’s qualification for the latter stages comes down to the score difference in the remaining group games There was no winner of the n7,600 jackpotin the Coill Dubh/St Kevin’s lottodraw held on Tuesday16 September. The numbers drawn were 4, 13, 19, 24. The following won n40 each, Mag Gill, c/o Betty Dolan; Sarah Dunne, c/o Mary Reilly; Elaine Harris,c/oTony Kenny;andNoreen Wilson,c/o Leanne Power.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION: The Sacrament of First Holy Communion will be celebrated in Allen Parish in 2009 as follows: Allenwood – 26th April at 10am, Milltown – 10th May at 9.30am, Robertstown – 17th May at 11am in Allen, and Allen – 24th May at 11am.

The Sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated in Allenwood Church on Friday 27th March at 4pm.

It is proposed to close Allenwood Church for restoration after First Communion on 26th April.

MILLTOWN GFC: JFC Semi-Final v Straffan on Saturday at Newbridge, 5pm, support appreciated.

Under 6 and 8 training for boys and girls has resumed on Saturdays at 11-30 a.m. All welcome.

Committee meeting on Tuesday Sept 30, 8.30p.m.

Development Squad 12 to 16 year olds meet at 7p.m. Fridaynights on the pitch.

U/11 South Board League away to Round Towers on Thurs Sept 25th at 6.30 p.m. An all-round team performance secured a 4-11to 4-3 victory over Monasterevin.

Ladies Football: Junior ‘E’ Football Championship Round 7 at home to Rathangan Saturday Oct 4th.

U/11 Div 5 Championship at home to St. Laurence’s B Saturday Sept 27th, 11a.m.

U/13 Div 3 Championship at home to Athy on Sept 24th, 6.30 p.m.

Five-Month Development Draw: Final draw on Thursday Sept 25th. First prize n7,000.

Cards 25s every Wednesday night at 8p.m. in the club house; new players welcome.

Annual Golf Classic took place on Friday last many thanks to our sponsor Jimmy Dignam Milltown Inn, Cill Dara Golf Club, and to all who took part and to our committee members for their work on this annual event. First: Gerry Jacob’s team of Ronnie, Mick and Mark Masterson, with 95 pts. Second: Curragh Carpets (92) Third: Liam Field’s (91) Front Nine; John Anderson’s team Back Nine P.J. Whelan’s Nearest Pin; Aidan Cluskey. Men’s Longest Drive John Whelan. Ladies Longest Drive; Kathleen Garrett.

PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION: Are you over 35, a Credit Union member and interested in photography? If so, then this could well be for you. To mark Chapter Seven of the Irish League of Credit Unions’ 40 years of service in the community in 2008, Coill Dubh and District Credit Union are looking for photographs based on the theme ‘My Community’. While photographers are asked to bear this in mind, a liberal interpretation of the theme is encouraged, for example, inspirational still life of monuments and buildings, to real life images in your neighbourhood. Each winning entry will win a prize at local level and go on to represent their Credit Union at chapter level. Full details are available from your local Credit Union office. The closing date for receipt of entries is 20th October 2008.

NEWS FROM THE BLUES: No luck for the seniors in their championship quarter final against Celbridge on Saturday evening. A first-half penalty miss was cancelled out by two good goals by Adrian McAndrew and John Doyle. In the end however a six-point was lost as a young Celbridge team prevailed by 15 points to 2-8. Sincere thanks to Mick Fogarty and his management team for their work with the players in what was a difficult enough year.

Saturday evening’s fashion show, superbly compered by Brenda Donoghue, proved an enormous success, with great audience enjoyment and some superb model participation. While the exact figure raised is not to hand as yet, it should be a really worthwhile event for the club. For their work on producing a catwalk to rival any seen in London or Paris, sincere thanks is owed to Daragh Johnson, John Aungier, Paudie Dunne, Paul Wright, Eamon Moran, Cormac Sullivan, John Wiltshire and Stephen Swords, as well as to all the models and organising committee. A DVD of the event will be shown in the clubhouse shortly and should make for a great night’s viewing.

Greyhound Race Night, Saturday, October 25th in Newbridge Greyhound Stadium. Tickets and sponsorship cards available from Morgan and Johnny O’Callaghan.

SCOUTS: Registration night in Allenwood GAA Hall on Mon. 22nd and Mon. 29th Sept. at 8pm.

CLAY PIGEONS: On Sunday 28th September, Allenwood Clay Pigeon Shooting Group will hold a ‘shoot’ in Blakes’ Bog (entrance beside the GAA grounds) in Allenwood in aid ofAllen and Allenwood National schools. The action starts at 11am and a great day’s sport is assured. Full detailsavailable on 087-2632861.

NA FIANNA GFC: The minors take on Sarsfields in the semi-final of the championship in Newbridge on Sunday at 3.30pm.


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