Last week certainly proved a sad one in the village with the loss of two well-known gentlemen.
Jimmy Bradshaw passed away peacefully in the care of the staff of Blackrock Hospice last Thursday after a brave battle against a long illness. His heartbroken brother Eddie best summed it up when he said his suffering is over but all the family were by his bedside when he passed away, a memory they are eternally grateful for.
Jimmy was the loving husband of his devoted wife Anne and much loved father of Ellie, Ed, Marie and James.
He will be remembered fondly by all grandchildren, great grandchildren, brothers, sisters, extended family and friends and neighbours.
Members of Delgany G.C. will also remember fondly a much loved member and a cracking golfer whose presence in the club will be missed greatly.
His Funeral Mass took place on Monday morning in St. Patricks Church in Kilquade and interment afterwards in Kilquade New Cemetery. Rest in Peace Jimmy and make sure them Fairways and Greens in Heaven are kept up to scratch!
There was complete shock on Saturday morning when locals heard of the sudden passing of Frank Nolan at the age of 48.
Frank lived in Kilrush in Clare where he worked for the ESB but was born and reared in the family home at Jameson's Corner and attended Kilmac N.S from 1969 to 1977.
Afterwards, he attended the old Tech in Bray before joining the ESB. Classmates remember "Big Frank" fondly as a quiet gentle person and were in complete shock to hear he was no longer with us.
He was looking forward to returning to Wicklow in December to join in the celebrations for his mother's 90th birthday. His funeral mass will take place today (Wed) at 11am in Kilrush.
Deepest sympathy is extended to his wife Marie, 2 children Ben and Ruth, his mother Biddy, sisters Kay and Geraldine and all the extended family. Rest in Peace Frank.
MARY CELEBRATES 70TH
Congratulations to Mary McGrath who celebrated turning 70 years young last weekend with a party for all her family, friends and neighbours held in the Glencormac Inn last Saturday night (pictured above).
Mary is the uncrowned queen of the large Philips family and is a great organiser of the family events but last Saturday, it was the turn of the family to spoil "Our Mary" and a great night was had by all.
It was measure of just how well thought of and appreciated Mary is when you see the amount of family that travelled over from England just to help her celebrate and it was even rumoured that little brother Pat even bought a round of drinks but it did turn out to be only a rumour! Mary's four children Edward, Angela, Debbie and Anthony were all there to help celebrate the occasion but the highlight of the night had to be Kilmacanogue's most famous Tenor Jim McGrath, giving a wonderful rendition of "In Dreams" and one wonders has Jim ever hit the high notes as high as he did Saturday night for his Mary.
Happy 70th Mary, your one of the very best comes from us all in Kilmacanogue and best wishes for many more of them.
REMEMBERING LOVED ONES
The Annual Kilmacanogue GAA Mass to remember former members no longer with us will take place this Friday (16th) November at 8pm in Kilmacanogue.
Fr. Ben Mulligan will celebrate the mass and as always, a big turnout is expected.
Nordic Walking classes continue in the fields and woods of the Killruddery Estate even though the gardens close for the season at the end of October.
Walks are held on Saturdays at 10.30 and on Sundays at 11am but its best to check by ringing 086-1936861 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org as the locations of the walks will vary due to the shooting season in the winter months!
Three Glencormac teams were in action last weekend.
The U8s were at home to Wolfe Tone and lost out to a stronger side. Charlie Ward scored a very good goal following a great run from Conor Giles. Finn Kelly, Jack Carey, Daniel Brady & Shane Merriman played well on the day.
The U-9s were away to Arklow Town on Saturday morning and suffered a 4-1 defeat. The Glens never got going in this one and their only real highlight was a late Kieren Griffiths consolation strike when they were 4-0 down. The 12s were away to Wicklow Rovers and this clash was a close one from beginning to end. Brian Glass got the first for Glencormac after a great cross from Laura O'Toole following on from a perfect pass from Charlie Jones. Wicklow Rovers got one back just before half time to make it all square at the break.
However, the Glens started the second half well.
Charlie Jones was involved again linking with Sean Clarke in a one-two move and putting Sean through to get his first. Sean got another shortly after to put Glencormac 3-1 up, but the game wasn't over yet.
With less than ten minutes to go Wicklow got their second and the Glens defended heroically for the last few minutes to get a well-deserved win.
Jamie Nally put in a great performance in defence and it was great to see Caoilfhionn Tighe back for her first game after her recent injury and she played a major part in a great team performance.
SCHOOL TEAM SUCCESS
The boys of Kilmacacnogue N.S participated in Cumann na mbunscol blitz recently which took place on in October and November at Bray Emmetts GAA Grounds. The Boys played brilliantly on both days, just losing the final of Division 2 to an excellent Rathdrum side.
Boys who took part were as follows, Andrew Giles, Scott Drew, Shane O'Toole, Michael Brady-Mcmahon, Oscar Wainwright Smith, Stephen Flynn, Ethan O Mahony, Cian Pearse, Seán Reddan, George Carstairs, Kevin Bushe, Josh Tighe Kelly, Aaron Bradshaw and Marcus Lennon. The mentors state that the boys played excellently showing great attacking flair and determination while defending.
Finally, all at Kilmacanogue N.S would like to thank all the parents who helped with lifts to and from the blitzes.
This weekend could see Kilmacanogue's promotion to senior football finally confirmed. The team are at home to Avondale at 11am on Sunday morning and as always, they would encourage everybody to come along and cheer the lads on over the final hurdle.
This Friday evening (16th), the annual mass for the deceased members of the club will take place. Two weeks later, on Friday November 30th, the club will host its annual AGM.
It should be noted that only paid up members of the club shall be permitted to vote at this meeting.
If you have not paid any membership this season but would like to vote at the AGM, please get in touch with Joy Burke.
If anybody would like to take on a position within the club, please make it known at the AGM. For further queries, contact Jason Doyle on 087-7906486.
GLENCORMAC INN GS
The final outing of the Glencormac Inn Golf Society for 2012 took place last Saturday in Powerscourt G.C.
This was a team event with Tom Byrne, Shay Kiernan, Paul Murphy and John "The Roo" Connolly emerging the winners with a great score of 87 points. Seven teams of four played on the day with Paddy Byrne Snr. captaining his team to last place in what was one of his last outings.
Afterwards, the members were treated to a nice meal in the Glencormac Inn which was much appreciated.
Outgoing captain Kevin Molloy thanked the hard working committee on behalf of himself and the members for all their efforts over the year and then welcomed the incoming 2013 captain, Louis Nally.
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