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Monday 25 March 2019

Kilmacanogue Diary

Colm Mulligan

Darts raises over €1,000: Well done to James McDonald, Arthur Smith and Paddy Harvey Snr, who organised the annual Kilmac darts competition which took place over December.

32 entrants started out and the semi-finals and final took place on Saturday night in a packed bar in Plucks. First up was Trevor Carr and James McDonald with Trevor winning a tight affair. Then Philip Boyd took on Peter McKeown with Philip coming out the winner.

It turned out to be a bad old few days for the Manchester City supporter Phil, who saw City lose two games over Christmas and was beaten 4-0 in the final by a dominant Trevor Carr, who was presented with the trophy afterwards.

The whole competition was played in great spirit with lots of fun along the way but the real winners were the Kilmacanogue senior citizens, who were presented with €1,025 following the event and raffle, well done to everyone involved.

'Carols on the Green'

Once again, our very own Clare Stephens hosted the annual 'Carols on the Green' in Kilmacanogue. It took place on Saturday (22nd) evening and thankfully the weather was dry and mild and everyone had a great evening, well done to all.

Christmas engagement

Congratulations to David 'Chucky' Brady, who got engaged to Angela McMahon on Christmas Day.

Santy was not the only one delivering presents in the early hours of Christmas morning as Peadar Smyth collected David and the ring and they made the journey up to Monaghan before David got down on the bended knee and thankfully, Angela said yes.

Best wishes to you both for a long and happy Life together from your many friends in the village of Kilmacanogue.

Charity soccer matches

The annual Glencormac United Christmas charity matches took place last Thursday, December 27.

First up was the Joe Molloy Memorial Shield between the Coaches and Karl Bradshaws under-14 Squad. This was a super game of football which the coaches edged 2-1. Mary Molloy and her family, presented the shield to the winning coaches captain Liam Finnerty after the match but the talking point will be Andrew Molloys cracking strike on the day. It was about 20 yards out but by the time the evening had finished in Plucks, it was hit from the top of the Sugarloaf.

Then it was the Benny Finnerty Cup where the present team faced the Ex Glencormac Squad. Bray Wanderers legend Kieran 'Tarzan' O'Brien managed the ex-glens squad along with club stalwart Trevor Carr. This was the most competitive game in years and finished up 3-3 after 90 minutes, James Delahunty scoring twice for the present team along with Nay Watters with Gavan Barton, a super strike by Ciaran Ryan and Paul Molloy equalised for the ex-glens late on and so it went to penalties. Damian Johnston had the opportunity to win it for the older glens at 4-3 but missed and then in sudden death, nerves got to Alan Prendergast, who was like a rabbit caught in a headlight and fluffed his penalty kick while Nay Watters slotted home spot kick number six and the present team took the honours.

Thank you to the Molloy and Finnerty family for their support each year and well done to everyone who supported the two matches. All money raised are split between the Irish Heart Foundation and Bray Cancer Support Group (Purple House)

GAA Club AGM

Advance notice that the Kilmacanogue GAA Club AGM will take place on Thursday, January 10, at 7.30 p.m. in the clubhouse. All are welcome to attend this important meeting and reflect on what has been a great year for the club and exciting times ahead for 2019.

Thank you

As the local correspondent of the Kilmacanogue Diary, I would like to thank each and every one of you in the community for your constant provision of notes each week.

Sadly, for some in our community, this Christmas was a lonely one as we lost some wonderful people in 2018 whom we will always remember fondly in our hearts.

But we also had many happy occasions in 2018 which I was delighted to report about and I am genuinely amazed at the number of wonderful volunteers we have in our village who so willingly give up their time for the benefit of both young and old.

I would like to thank you all for your support and wish both you and your families a very Happy New Year.

Bray People

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