Junior black belt

Junior black belt

One of the youngest recipients of a Black Belt in Judo, thirteen years old Conor Lynch, has done Kilmeade proud and, now he is officially a “First Dan”. Conor, from Fontstown, is the son of David and Pauline, a former pupil of Scoil Ide Naofa and, currently a student at Ardscoil na Trionoide, Athy.,

Conor has been training for the last five years and, at this stage, has nine belts for judo, having graduated up through the ranks, under the expert tutelage of Grand Master Daniel Rooney.

Conor attends classes at Molly O’Rooney’s, Narraghmore, under the auspices of the Irish Sharinken Jutsu Federation and loves judo with a passion. He intends to keep it up and, who knows, some day he may be Conor Lynch, Grand Master! Congratulations Conor.

Aunty poppy

For many years Aunty Poppy has been visiting Young World Pre-School and 2012 was no exception, except that Aunty Poppy is now a blonde! The recession has obviously had no effect on this ageless lady as, this year, Aunty Poppy’s ensemble was new from head to toe. “Poppy in Pink” was her theme with a magnificent jewel encrusted satin pink gown with pink net underlay, silver shoes, the most incredible pink and silver tights, pink spectacles with a heart shaped diamond, her shawl adorned with poppies and then the hat; what a hat! Totally covered in Easter eggs, bunnies and flowers it was a sight to behold.

I met her outside Young World as she got ready to go in to see the children. Already she had stopped many motorists in their tracks where the 60km speed limit in Kilmeade meant they were able to get a really good look! When I commented on her change of hair colour Aunty Poppy informed me that “blondes have more fun”!

Her entry into Young World was met with gasps of excitement from the boys and girls, Director Bridie and her assistants, Margaret and Trish. Many of the girls were dressed in their party dresses and all of them were wearing beautiful Easter bonnets which they had made themselves. The boys were having none of these bonnets but had made macho headbands with an Easter theme, which they proudly wore!.

Aunty Poppy introduced her two Easter bunnies, Annabelle and Rudi who brought round to each boy and girl. Bridie produced two of the biggest carrots I have ever seen for the two bunnies.

In the centre of the room the table held all the Easter baskets, once again made by the children, waiting to be filled from Aunty Poppy’s giant basket of goodies.

Of course no visit would be complete without a song and we heard “Little Peter Rabbit had a fly upon his nose”, “Here is a Bunny, with ears so funny”, and “Chick Chick Chicken lay a little egg for me”, complete with great actions!

Declaring herself mighty pleased with the songs, Aunty Poppy filled the baskets to the brim and before she left to head off to Scoil Ide Naofa for her annual visit, complete with another load of Easter goodies, she was presented with an Easter card and some chocolate Easter nests. Everyone also got a great big Aunty Poppy hug!

As I always do I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Young World where signs of Easter were everywhere with an Easter table, complete with nests and lambs, Easter baskets, drawings of Easter chicks and lambs and Easter masks and a big Spring cutout; wonderful creative work.

This year, among the little Young World pupils are triplet girls, who were sporting great Easter masks, once again made by themselves.

Well done to Jess and Mark who were the recipients of “stars of the week”.

I was delighted to meet everyone at Young World Pre-School, who embrace every season and special occasion with such enthusiasm, and thank you for my chocolate Easter nests!

Now I wonder, would I, like Aunty Poppy, have more fun if I decided to go blonde!

Going green

Pupils at Scoil Ide Naofa decided on a unique fundraiser for the Jonathan Mulhall Trust Fund when they dressed in green around St. Patrick’s Day for a “Go Green for Jonny Day” and got sponsorship, resulting in a whopping €1,050.00 for Jonathan. Well done to all of you.

Birthday girl

One of Kilmeade’s great dog lovers, Casey Dunne, from Moate View celebrated her tenth birthday on 29 March. Casey is a pupil at Scoil Ide Naofa and also a member of Kilmeade Figure Dancers.

We hope you had a great birthday Casey.

Birthday boy

Brian Ashmore, Elone, Fontstown, is our special boy this week, having celebrated a milestone birthday on 1 April.

Happy birthday Brian from all your local and Athy County Show friends.

Flying feet

Results from the Brownstown hosted Feis at the Arch, Athy, Sunday, l April. SIEGE OF ENNIS (Grade- Senior A) Section a) 2nd prize winners- Joseph Gorman, Naomi Cardiff, Rebecca Leech, Michaela Lawler. 3rd prize winners- Kate Lawler, Niamh Keegan, Shauna Kavanagh, Abbey Stynes. Section b) 3rd prize winners- Vivienne Kelly, Wayne Kelly, Lauren Hickey, Sadhbh O’Rourke. HARVEST TIME JIG (Grade C) Section a) 1st prize winners- Nicole Cardiff, Helen Duffy, Roisin Behan, 3rd prize winners- Aoife Tyrell, Casey Dargan, Niamh Behan. Section b) 1st prize winners- Sophie Alcock, Ashley Proctor, Sinead Ryan. TWO HAND REEL (Grade D) Section a) 2nd prize winners- Niamh Duffy and Hannah Rafferty Section b) 2nd prize winners- Sophie Alcock and Ashley Proctor 4th prize winners- Anne Tyrell and Codianne Perse. FOUR HAND REEL (Grade B) 5th prize winners- Abbey Stynes, Rachel Corcoran, Shauna Kavanagh, Casey Dargan SIAMSA BEIRTE (Grade- Senior A) Section a) 2nd prize winners- Rebecca Leech and Michaela Lawler 3rd prize winners- Joseph Gorman and Naomi Cardiff. Section b) 3rd prize winners- Sadhbh O’Rourke and Lauren Hickey. SWEETS OF MAY (Grade C) Section a) 3rd prize winners- Karyn Griffin, Nicole Cardiff, Roisin Behan, Helen Duffy, Freya McBride, Aine Taylor, Shonagh Gallagher, Emma O’Toole. Section b) 2nd prize winners- Casey Dargan, Aoife Tyrell, Anne Tyrell, Niamh Behan, Eadaoine Roche, Abbey Kane, Sophie Alcock, Ashley Proctor. SIAMSA BEIRTE (Grade D) Section a) 5th prize winners- Grace Gibbons and Christine Dempsey Section b) 5th prize winners-Anne Tyrell and Codianne Perse SWEETS OF MAY (Grade B) 3rd prize winners- Abbey Stynes, Rachel Corcoran, Freya McBride, Shauna Kavanagh, Nicole Cardiff, Helen Duffy, Roisin Behan, Niamh Behan GLENCARR REEL (Grade- Senior A) Section a) 1st prize winners- Michaela Lawler, Rebecca Leech, Naomi Cardiff, Joseph Gorman, Kate Lawler, Niamh Keegan. SIAMSE BEIRTE (Grade C) Section a) 5th prize winners- Nicole Cardiff and Helen Duffy

Section b)4th prize winners- Sinead Ryan and Anne Tyrell WALLS OF LIMERICK (Grade D)

Section b) 4th prize winners- Sinead Ryan and Danielle Mackey SIAMSA BEIRTE (Grade B) 1st prize winners- Shauna Kavanagh and Casey Dargan 4th prize winners- Karyn Griffin and Shona Gallagher THE THREE TUNES (Grade Senior A) Section a) 2nd prize winners- Rebecca Leech, Naomi Cardiff, Michaela Lawler, Kate Lawler, Niamh Keegan, Ciara Taylor, Shauna Kavanagh, Rachel Corcoran Section b) 2nd prize winners-Nikitta Stynes, Vivienne Kelly, Lauren Hickey, Sabhdh O’Rourke, Michaela Leech, Wayne Kelly, Megan Grufferty, Joseph Gorman

Flower power

Up on last year’s figure, with an incredible €8,000, the local proceeds of Daffodil Day. Well done to Bridie Corrigan, her great bunch of volunteers, sellars, businesses and schools and, of course the generous public.

Go Muriel go

Fontstown ICA member, Muriel Hendy, proved she’s not just a master craftswoman, but has a fine strong arm which was in mighty form in Killarney when she won the cup for the bowls tournament at The Gleneagles. This is not Muriel’s first win at bowls, a sport she loves, so congratulations to her and to fellow team member, Anne Cunningham, from Athy who won the plate at Killarney.

Get well Rosemary

Rosemary Berry from Moate View is recovering from minor surgery but has a win of €49 from the Moat View Lotto to sweeten her recovery. I reported that it was Rosemary Dempsey who won the money when, in fact, it was Rosemary Berry and we send you best wishes Rosemary for a speedy recovery to good health.

Last week’s lucky winner was Anne Connors who netted herself €50. Congratulations Anne.

Larries lore

And so to news from St. Laurence’s GFC with a report from PRO Dermot Breen as follows:

Our Seniors were at home for Round 2 of the Camogie League on Monday 2 April against Cappagh. After a closely fought duel, in which scores were again at a premium the Larries had to settle for their second draw of the League, Laurence’s 0-4 Cappagh 1-1. Cappagh made much of the early running in the first half but Laurence’s were first on the scoreboard with a point from play by Louise Keatley in the eight minute matched two minutes later by a Cappagh point from a free. Cappagh continued to have the best of it for the next ten minutes but despite their pressure failed to score. Indeed the Larries backs, where Milly O Neill, Pam Grufferty and Carol Nolan were dominant, would go on  to keep a clean sheet from play for the second game in a row. The Larries began to get their act together a bit better and closed the half much stronger but the only reward was a further point from Louise from a free leaving it 0-2 to 0-1 in favour of Laurence’s at half time. In the second half Cappagh again started strongly and should have taken the lead when Orla Mulally seemed to have a goal at her mercy only to shoot narrowly wide. Louise Keatley stretched the Larries lead with a pointed free in the ninth minute and with Laurence’s having gained the upper hand it looked as if they would move on to a win but half way through the half a Cappagh free ended up in the Larrie’s net to give Cappagh a one point lead. Laurence’s forwards led by Louise Keatley and Niamh Breen piled on the pressure for the remainder of the match but a number of agonising  misses negated their cause until a Carol Nolan point from a free in the 25th minute levelled the score. Laurence’s continued to press forward but despite some agonisingly near misses failed to achieve the winner. With two rounds of the league played we have two draws and two points so all to play for. It is encouraging to see that the girls having their first season in the senior ranks are settling in and showing that they can do it at this level.  Laurence’s Mel Treacy, Muireann Fagin, Roxanne Treacy, Pam Grufferty, Ciara Tallon, Carol Nolan, Melissa O Neill, Samantha Keatley, Louise Keatley, Maggie Keatley, Niamh Breen, Naoise Berry, Cheyanne Holmes, Amy Dunne, Aisling Treacy, Jennifer Downey, Edel Kearney, Brona Doran, Carol Cullen, Elaine Miley, Paula Keatley

ICA reminder

This Thursday, 12 April, is the date, at Molly O’Looney’s, Narraghmore, for the very important Annual General Meeting of the Fontstown Guild when members are asked to make a special effort to attend.

Fun table quiz

Well known Bank Official, Margaret O’Grady, from AIB in Athy, will be travelling to Kenya in June to work as part of the “Cara Projects – Rebuilding Africa” and she needs your help!

Margaret is planning what she describes as a “Fun Table Quiz” at Athy Golf Club on Friday, 20 April at 8.30p.m. sharp. Tables of four for €40, so now all you have to do is get a committement from your brainy friends!

Hello Dolly!

Of all the “hellos” you will greet people with during the month of May none will give you as much pleasure as the one you might utter during the first week!

PRO Miriam McGilly tells me that Athy Musical and Dramatic Society are presently in rehearsal for the much loved “Hello Dolly”, directed by Don O’Connor, Kilkenny, Musical Director Vincent Crowley, Athy and Choreographer Marie Cashin from Carlow.

It will be staged at Ardscoil na Trionoide from Tuesday, 1 May until Saturday, 5 May, at 8p.m. each night.

Tickets cost €12, concessions €10, available from Winkles and The Gem, Athy, with a limited supply at the door each night, but the advice is to book early to avoid disappointment.

Miriam promises a great night’s entertainment, fun and laughter guaranteed. “Hello Dolly” is an irresistible story of the joy of living, glittering with happy songs, shining with loving scenes and alive with the personality of one of the most fabulous characters, Dolly Gallagher Levi.

Classic musical numbers include “Put on Your Sunday Clothes”, “Ribbons Down my Back”, “Before the Parade Passes By”, “Elegance”, “It Only takes a Moment” and “So Long Dearie”.

What happens at the end? Will Dolly get her man? PRO Miriam says, “you just have to come and see”!

Arrive for Jonny

Aideen Treacy tells us that “Narraghmore Vintage Club, in association with The Jonathan Mulhall Trust, have come together to arrange a fundraising weekend for Jonathan on 5 and 6 May next.      The event planned is a vintage run from Crookstown to Enniscorthy on Saturday 5 May camping overnight in Enniscorthy Rugby Club  where we will have the use of all their facilities,  returning to Narraghmore on Sunday the 6th .     There will also be a group of people cycling from Narraghmore to Enniscorthy and back and also a group of runners, running 4 mile relays to Enniscorthy, also leaving from Narraghmore.        We are hoping that everyone taking part would endeavour to raise as near to €100 each as possible.       The interest in this event is increasing daily and if you would like to participate in any of the events listed, contact Aideen Treacy on 087 7700789, who will register you with the relevant group.      Sponsor Cards are available.

As there will be so many people joining us, we are also asking for donations of food, maybe breads, lasagnes, salads, curries, sausages, rolls,  anything that is simple to prepare but would go a long way... so come all you Master Chefs, now is your opportunity.     If you would like to help in any way at the set off points or catering in Enniscorthy Rugby Club,  please again contact Aideen(0877700789) and rest assured, you will get some kind of a job.

We are asking as many people as possible to get involved and help to make this as big a success as possible for Jonathan and also have a chance to be part of a very enjoyable weekend.         If you are not the camping type, there will be parking facilities available in Enniscorthy Rugby Club for campers, caravans etc.   Accommodation is filling fast in the area so book quickly to avoid disappointment.

So come on everybody  “ARRIVE FOR JONNY”.

Think on

“In those vernal seasons of the year, when the air is calm and pleasant, it were an injury and sullenness against Nature not to go out and see her riches, and partake in her rejoicing with heaven and earth…..” John Milton.

Enjoy the Easter break!