John Wins Top Irish Award
Cuffesgrange man John O’Sullivan has been awarded first prize in the Children and Young People Category of Ireland Involved Awards 2011, in respect many years of work with Foróige. John (72) was nominated by Foróige support worker Rosie O’Brien and beat off hundreds of entries to win the title. John has organised the Danesfort / Cuffesgrange /Kells Foróige Club since 1964 and attends his club’s weekly meetings, encouraging young people to reach their full potential.
John believes in young people and their ability to change the world, he is an inspiration to many volunteers within the Foroige grouping. He has given his time selflessly to Foróige for nearly half a century. John, who is described as a loveable character with many tales to tell on how Ireland has changed over his lifetime, recognizes that the needs of young people remain constant — young people need to be listened to, have a safe place to meet, a sense of belonging, a place to be all that they can be and for someone to believe in them.
John was just one of the 33 outstanding volunteers shortlisted for this year’s awards. Their inspiring stories can be read by visiting www.irelandinvolvedawards.ie The importance of the Ireland Involved Awards cermony was highlighted by the attendance of President Michael D Higgins.
WORLD SPORT - Two young local sportspersos have created world breaking news in the last few weeks, Burnchurch swimmer Jane Roberts produced a fantastic display at the European Short Course Swimming Championships, held in Szczecin, Poland, last week, to set a new Irish Junior Record time of 1:02.29 in the 100m Backstroke. Jane, who competed for Ireland at the European Junior Swimming Championships during the summer, also swam strongly in the 100m Freestyle,finishing in a time of 57.70, a new personal best.
Eddie Sheehan, Sevenhouses, Cuffesgrange, is the first man outside of Russia to beat the Russians at their own game. Eddie competes in Kettlebells, a form of weightlifting which requires strength, agility, perseverance, focus and total concentration. The Kettlebell is like a very large cannon ball with a handle and weighs 32Kg, and those competing have to lift two Kettlebells above their shoulders, one in each hand, as many times they physically can in a two minute time. The second phase of the competion requires that the competitors’ swing the Kettlebell over their head,as many times as possible for one minute.
Eddie who is the first person outside Eastern Europe to win the Russian Giervoy organised Governers Cup Kettlebell competition scored a remarkable seventy four lifts of the two 32 Kilo kettles in 2 minutes and followed up with with 114 swings over his head to clinch the overall victory.
Eddie teaches fitness classes and the ability to participate in Kettlebells in Loughlin Road (behind McGuiness’s Pub).
SOCCER – Fort Rangers were narrowly by beaten Freebooters B in the St.Canice’s Premier Championship at Wallslough on Sunday. Fort went one down before a brilliant goal from Kenny Morris levelled this hard fought encounter. Fort were to succumb again when Booters scored just before the half way mark. Mid way through a hard fought second half the referee awarded a penalty kick to the home side. Emmet Nugent duly stood up and left the Freebooters keeper with no hope to level the decider. Unfortunately with fifteen minutes remaining Fort let their defences down and were duly punished to leave the score at 3-2 against the locals.
Results: Under-17 Evergreen 4 Fort Rangers 3, Under-9: Fort Rangers 1 East End Utd. 1
DINNER -Holly and the Ivy- Danesfort Community Centre will host its first Christmas Dinner on Saturday December 17 at 7.00pm sharp. Tickets €12 each can be purchased from Mary (087) 6456828 or Sheelagh (086) 8152398 and must be purchased prior to the night as seats will not be reserved. The night will be full of fun and festive cheer with lots of local mixed entertainment. There will also be plenty of fabulous raffle prizes available on the night.
CAROL SERVICE - Danesfort Youth Choral Group accompanied by Mary Butler on piano under the direction of Musical Director Noreen Cooney will present A Christmas Carol Service. A True Christmas Story on Friday December 16 at 7 30pm, in Danesfort Community Centre. Refreshments served afterwards, raffle on the night.
ROAD CLOSURES - Cuffesgrange Water Co-Operative will very shortly begin major work on the replacement of water main piping running from the village of Cuffesgrange up the Church road and ending at the end of the line which is in Grove.
As a result of this work there will be disruption to traffic flow due to road closure. This will mean access only for residents with a total ban on through traffic. There will be traffic diversion plans in place and residents should listen to local radio, read local notes in Kilkenny People,see notices and maps in public places in the area e.g. Church, Pub and School.
Residents can use the letter of notice (being delivered to their door) as verification that they are a resident in the area. You may on occasions be required to take the diversion route to your home but at no stage will you be denied access to your house.
It is expected to begin work this week on Ballybur Lane, and the main road. Later on work will be carried out from the village to Grove and then the Knock Road. School drops can operate as normal within the arrival and departure times for school. These times have been advised to the contractor.
Your area has been assigned a contact person from the Water Committee who has good local knowledge of the section under their supervision and if you have a query you can make contact with this person who will try to address any of your concerns.
These contacts are as follows: Ned Daly - Pump House to top Ballybur Lane 087 2398556. Jim Fennelly-Pump House to Anthony Dunne’s House 086 833993. Anthony Dunne-Anthony Dunnes house to Fergal Daly’s house 086 1597274.
Kevin Gaffney -Fergal Daly’s house to Linda Sheehan’s house 087 9341003.
Anthony Martin -Linda Sheehan’s to end of line at Joe Gorman’s 087 9421307
Thomas Moore-Knock Cross to end of line on Knock Rd 087 2347312.Thomas Marnell - Ballybur Lane 087 6289965.
GOING STRONG – The GOING STRONG Club will resume again today Wednesday December 14 at 11.00am. Look forward to seeing you all then as it will be our last meeting for 2011.
CHRISTMAS CARDS - Danesfort GAA Club Christmas Cards are now available. They are excellent quality and great souvenirs to send to family and friends this Christmas.There are 3 types of card. Card 1- Senior Danesfort team - County Champions - on one side and Minor Champions on the other side. Card 2- Minor Camogie Champions on one side and photo of new pitch and the late JJ Reddy on the other side. Card 3- Under-14 Boys champions on one side and Lisdowney Sevens team on the other side. There are 3 of each card in a pack so 9 in total. Cards can be purchased in the Parish schools, Sheridan’s Pub, The Harvester pub, and outside the Parish churches this weekend after mass or from Marian Murphy 086 8892767.
BINGO – Bingo is held each Wednesday in Danesfort Community Centre at 8.30pm. A bus service is provided from Kilkenny every week. If you are looking for an enjoyable night out with family or friends coming up to Christmas why not come along to our bingo night. Contact Noel at (087) 2266281 to book your seat on the bus. For the month of December there will be lots of extra Christmas prizes on offer each week.
LOTTO – the following are the results of the Danesfort GAA/ Parish Lotto Draw week 11-The Grange Inn. Jackpot €2100. Numbers Drawn - 11 - 25 – 13.No Winner
Christmas Meat Voucher Winners - Ned Frisby, Jack Walsh - Sevenhouses, Eamonn Murphy. Five Consolation Prizes of €30 - Alan McDonald, Davie Walsh, Maggie Davis, Tom Looby, Tony & Bridget Carroll. Promoter Christmas Meat Voucher Winners - Maurice Woodcock, Ned Brennan. Two Promoters Prizes of €20 - Breda Cunningham, Finbarr Kelly.
Next Draw December 12, Delaney's Kells - Jackpot €2200. Then Sheridan's Ennisnag, December 19.
GAA YEARBOOK - After a very successful year for Danesfort GAA, the club are producing a Yearbook to commemorate it’s success on the playing field. 2011 has to be the greatest year for the club, achieving Kilkenny Senior Hurling with the Intermediate hurling championship victory and also the many under-age victories, highlighting a great future for the Club. If any locally based community groups or organisations would like to submit articles or photos they are asked to email their information to firstname.lastname@example.org before December 14.
JUVENILE AGM - The Danesfort GAA Juvenille and Camogie club AGM, arranged for Thursday December 15 has had to be changed due to a clash with the County Board Convention. The AGM will now take place in early January 2012. Full details later this month.