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Sunday 24 September 2017

Community news: Kilmacanogue Diary

Lenten Prayer Service: A Lenten Prayer Service started last week and will continue to take place in St Mochonóg's Church at 10 a.m. each Wednesday till Easter. These Prayer Services are led by members of the liturgy team and follow on from the success of those held before Christmas. All parishioners are welcome to avail of these opportunities to take a prayerful time out during Lent.

History society

Tuesday, March 7, last was a sensational night for the members of Kilmacanogue History Society, when over 250 people packed into the large conference room of the Glenview Hotel.

The guest speaker on the night was the Earl of Meath, Jack Brabazon, who was in conversation with local historian and storyteller Phillip Byrne. This new format worked perfectly on the night where the Earl and the storyteller chatted together in a relaxed atmosphere.

Lord Meath gave a most interesting account of his family origins in Belgium followed by the history of his 14 predecessors. These accounts included many interesting and humorous anecdotes as well as a history of Kilruddery House and Gardens. Lord Meath was very generous with his time and answered many questions from the large audience.

The society wants to say a special thanks to Phillip Byrne, who conducted the proceedings in a professional and relaxed manner. The next talk takes place on Tuesday, April 4, at 8 p.m. in the Glenview Hotel.

The guest speaker on the night will be Charles Egan and the title of his talk is the Famine Roads. Charles is the author of two acclaimed novels on the Great Irish Famine, with a third in the series due to be published later this year. Everyone is welcome to this very interesting talk, especially new members.

Soccer news

The under-10s played at home to Avonmore on Saturday and were very unlucky to lose 3-1. The team were missing star defender Seán Mooney for this one and all the team wish him a speedy recovery and hope to have him back in action soon when his leg brace comes off.

The under-11s had a very good 10-2 victory. Manager Alan Prendergast was delighted to see a few headed goals in this one, a thing that has been missing of late. Michael Prendergast got three, Luke Honan (2), a great headed goal by Billy Mansfield and Tony Prendergast, Ben Morgan, Finn Kelly and Reuben Smith completed the tally. Keep it going now guys.

The under-13s were at home to Wicklow Rovers on Sunday and recorded a 6-1 win.

Luke Kelly has been in fine form of late and hit a hattrick with Eoghan Giles netting two and John Fox completing the tally. This was yet another super display by the lads and a second hatrick in as many games for Luke. The Glens were 4-0 up within the first 10 minutes after a fantastic opening and now move up to second in the table.

The seniors faced Arklow Celtic at home on Sunday afternoon and won out 2-1 in a tight affair. Both sides had chances in the first half before Josh O'Callaghan hit an unstoppable shot to the roof of the net but Arklow hit back to level matters before the break. The second half was also edgy but Ben O'Callaghan has a habit of popping up with vital goals from the midfield and he did so once again on Sunday to seal a great win. Seán Holly, Simon Doyle and Ben were excellent on the day in a great team display.

On a sad note, popular young player Sam Kerr is heading off on his travels for a year this weekend to New Zealand. Sam has been a great servant to the team this year and everyone would like to wish him well on his travels. Stay safe Sam and see you next March.

First outing of year for golf society

The members of Plucks Golf Society played their first outing of the year last Saturday in Powerscourt GC. There is no doubt Brendan Finnerty loves his outings in this club and he followed up last year's win on the West Course with a win on the East Course last Saturday scoring 36 points.

Mr Consistent himself Tom Byrne was second with 35 pts while Paul Murphy was third with 34. Category one winner was Paddy 'Bounty' Byrne, Category two was won by Trevor Carr (34 pts) and Category three winner was Brian Morgan (33 pts).The Front nine winner was Kevin 'Kapp' Molloy (20) while the Back Nine was won by Colm Griffith (17 pts). Mick Holly and Colm won the two nearest the pins on offer while Paul Murphy hit the Longest Drive.

The next outing takes place in Blainroe on April 15 and the Society Match Plays must have been played by then.

A big thanks also to Helen and Nick from Plucks for the Goody Bags and Golf Hats for last Saturdays outing.

Diary notes

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