Congratulations to Christy Maher, Doonane on being honoured at the Laois Community Forum Awards in the Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise, recently in the "Unsung Hero" category for his voluntary work in the community over the past 40 years.
Top Score at Newtown Whist on Saturday last was won by Betty Shore, Coon. 1st Lady Hannah Moore. 2nd lady Nora Fisher. 1st Gent: Christy Maher. 2nd Gent Owen Salmon. 1st Half: Kay Chase. 2nd Half M Quigley and T Gowing. 1t quarter: Eamon Wheatley 2nd quarter: M Coady and T Kealy. Raffle winners were K Chase, Eliz Coffey, Teresa Mulhare, Maureen Coady and Mary Quigley. Whist continues as usual on Saturday next.
There was a great turnout in Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny on Sunday 25th November for the Annual Senior Citizens Party. Brigid Brennan, Doonane Terrace and Christy Browne, Mayo, the two oldest citizens cut the cake which was made by Agnes Kennedy, Ardenteggle. Turkey and Ham with the usual Christmas fare was served and dancing continued for the evening.
CRETTYARD GFC LOTTO
Last weeks winners in the Crettyard Footballers Lotto were Mary O'Shea, Newtown, Aine Brennan, Newtown and Michael Doyle, Fairymount. The winning numbers were 5-10-12-21.
Golden Goal week number €4,750 prizewinner was Peter Whelan. Bonus Ball Winner Aine Roche. Whites Pharmacy Division: Crettyard United B 2. Stretford United 2. Ladies Division 1: Crettyard Utd 8 Nurney Villa 1.
The Christmas Party and Draw will be held on Sunday 16th December and prizes will include a large hamper, Turkey and Ham, mini hamper and many other prizes.
The Junior B Tem were so close to success in the Leinster Club Team on Saturday defeating Tinryland 46 to 35, they then played last year's champions, Kells, Co Kilkenny in the semi final after two timed games of 25 minutes the lads were beaten by 1 ace on a scoreline 37 to 38. Team members were Joe Brennan, Andrew Dowling, Peter Whelan and Michael Donovan. Kells were champions for the 2nd year running when they defeated Coolgreaney, Wexford in the final 40-35.
The Club AGM is being held on Wednesday 19th December at 8.30 pm in Monavea Handball Alley. The Christmas Hamper Draw will take place on Saturday 15th December in Behans.
Cara in Fine Form: The 'Woodies' National cross country championships were decided for the first time over a rather soft course in Tattersalls, Co. Meath. Cara Maher was our sole representative in the girls U.12 and she did a marvellous job wearing the club colours with pride.
Setting out at a steady pace she found herself in the top 25 approaching the halfway mark in a field of over 150. Moving smoothly and with plenty of encouragement she passed them one by one to move into the top 10 with 400 metres to go and still driving for the finish she crossed the line in a brilliant 6th place. Added to this she was the 3rd scoring member on the Athletics Leinster team which won the inter provincial crown. Many congratulations Cara on another fine performance.
The STOOK 10 miler: A number of club members took part in the Gowran 10 mile road race held at the Stook recently. Breda Mulcahy had a fine run to finish 31st across the line for 2nd lady in a time of 1-06.28. Teresa Agar returning after her great run in the Dublin marathon was 4th lady in 46th place overall in 1-09.08. Mark Wogan was 94th in 1-16.43, with Paula Guinan 116th in 1-19.35 and Michael Lyons 202nd in 1-28.46 from a field of 298 finishers.
Thanks very much: The final members draw took place in Behan's Tolerton on Sunday night with Jimmy Whelan celebrating his 60th birthday in style having 7 out of the 9 winners. Noel Graham, Ashfield was the winner of €1,200, with Aaron & Shane Maguire, Aughaterry settling for €600. €100 winners included:- Eddie & Janet Bradley, Bilbo, Fred Graham, Bilbo, Tom Quinn, St. Mary's Park, Eugene Wheatley, Doonane, Rita Wilson, Clogh, Ena Graham Tolerton and Cillian Byrne, Monavea. Jimmy Whelan and Dick Mullins were the winners of the promoters prize. Many thanks to everyone that made the draw such a success in these difficult financial times.
Secondary schools league: The 3rd and final stage of the 3 county schools league was run as a relay in St. Laurence O'Toole grounds recently. Again close on 1,000 athletes turned out and an excellent mornings competition took place. Several club members did the business with fine performances for their school. Included among these were Laura Graham representing St. Leo's, Kevin Brennan Knockbeg and Siobhan Nash leading Heywood, to retain the senior girls shield. Others to perform admirably included:- Aaron Barry, Dylan Byrne, Aran Murphy, Joseph Barry, Michael Dempsey, Niamh Moore, James Moore and Niall Brennan.
Juvenile Party: The juvenile members Christmas Party will take place on the 18th December, all those interested are requested to fill in form in the clubhouse.