Thursday 23 May 2019

Kilamacanogue Diary

Colm Mulligan

Happy 40th Liz - Congratulations to Liz Driver, who turned 40 years young over the weekend.

Liz celebrated with a party for family over the weekend hosted by husband Mark and her two little princesses Megan and Rebecca. A 'Happy 40th Wish' also Liz from all your work colleagues in Fragrances of Ireland.

Music in Calary

Following on from the Bank Holiday weekend concert, the next concert in the 'Music in Calary Series' will take place on Thursday, May 23, at 8 p.m. This concert will be performed by Deirdre Moynihan and the RTÉ Con Tempo Quartet and will feature a special concert to mark the 200th anniversary of Clara Schumann's birth including the premiere of a new arrangement of Clara Schumann's '6 Lieder, Op. 13' for soprano and string quartet. In addition, they will play works by Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms and Karl Weigl's Wartime Song Cycle. The concert is titled 'Sounds Secretly Coming to Life'. Tickets for this concert are €18 and €15 for concessions and, for further information or to book tickets, please ring John at 01 2818146 or email

History Lecture

Our local Kilmacanogue History Society group hosted a talk on 'Irish Bank Notes - an Inside Story' in the Glenview Hotel this week. The guest speaker was Louis O'Byrne, a former Head of the Irish Banknote Printing Works and Mint. Louis was centrally involved in the changeover to the Euro and is currently Chair of the Central Bank of Ireland's Numismatic Advisory Committee. Although we use our banknotes on a daily basis, very few of us have actually looked at them closely. But if we examine them in more detail, they reveal a surprisingly broad and rich tapestry of our history and culture. The talk covered our history from this very different perspective and was enjoyed by all present.

GAA action

The senior team faced Avondale in the league at home last week. Kilmacanogue have a lot of injuries at the moment and the final score was 4-12 to nine points to Avondale. The Kilmacanogue scorers were Niall Meldon (two points), Sam O'Callaghan (five points), Josh O'Callaghan (one point) and Adam McDonald (one point). Well done to Adam on getting your first senior point, the first of many we are sure. The Junior B team travelled to Annacurra on Thursday night and suffered defeat. Some reporters are saying that Wicklow People Sports reporter Daniel Gorman will want to improve his half back performances or his weekly blog on the life of a Junior B Footballer will be written 100% from the side-lines but 'Our Danny' is blaming a sore shoulder.

The under-15s made the long trip south to take on Shillelagh/Coolboy last Friday. The hosts deserved their 4-point lead at half time but the Kilmac boys dug deep and stormed back in the second half and showed what they are capable of stringing together some great moves resulting in crucial scores. Kilmacanogue eventually came out on top of an entertaining match on a score of 8-08 to 7-06. The club wishes popular player Jamie Buckley a speedy recovery from an injury he picked up on the night.

Finally, hard luck to panel members Stephen Flynn and Ethan O'Mahony, who were on the Presentation College team that faced Scoil Chonglais in the Wicklow Schools A final on May 2 in Aughrim and lost out by the narrowest of margins on the day despite a great late rally.

Soccer action

The Glencormac United under-12s get top billing this week after their fantastic 2-0m win over Rathnew. Seán Mooney and Luke Honan got the goals in a great team display and manager Alan Condon was thrilled with everyone on the panel.

The Glencormac under-14s had a friendly with Ardmore and came back twice to draw 2-2. Kieran Griffith got both goals in a good team display.

The under-10s drew a great game 4-4 on Sunday morning in a cracking game of football. Ben Merrigan was the hero with a great late equaliser to complete his hattrick while Darragh Murray got the other goal. The goal scorers were the best players in a great team performance.

The seniors got a walkover last Sunday from Arklow United but face St Peter's again this Thursday night (May 9) in the Vevay Sports field at 7 p.m.

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