All are welcome to enjoy Heritage Week, especially new villagers and those who know the village history. There will be a walk and talk from the Community Centre to Kilmurray church. A talk with Therese Hicks in the community centre at 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 26. Focusing on the history of Kilmurray church. This will be followed by a walk and talk from the community centre via Monaline to Kilmurray church facilitated by Therese Hicks and Huw O’Toole.
We will be asking members of the community to contribute history of pump house, Monaline etc. Older members of the community are especially welcome as we will be looking to compile a field and place names map during the walk. Bring a packed lunch for final chat and picnic (weather permitting) at Kilmurray church.
We will be illustrating phase two of stabilisation works by Newtownmountkennedy and District Tidy Towns supported by WCC through the Built Heritage Investment Scheme. Proposed Phase three will be discussed at the picnic.
If anyone had sketches or information/pictures of the church over the years especially pictures of the now missing sacristy roof it would be appreciated if you brought them to be copied on the day. Contact NDTT email@example.com Huw O’toole 087 8041636.
NEWTOWN JUNIORS FC
At the recent AGM of the WDSL it was decided courtesy of a vote to move the WDSL season to a calendar season. This means a year ahead of a directive from the FAI that the WDSL will have a ‘short season’ followed by a ‘long season’. The ‘short season’ will start beginning of September 2017 and finish the end of November 2017. The new season or long season will commence end of Feb/beg. of March 2018 and will finish in November 2018. There will be breaks during the course of the season to facilitate state exams etc. We will post further details as we get them.
Also in another initiative and also due to the amount of girls playing throughout the WDSL the league are looking at setting a girl’s league at under-12 and under-14 and if this venture proves successful the league will look to extend it to all age groups. The proposal is to run the girls’ football every two weeks and all players can double up on their mixed team within their club. Again as we get more information we will post it here.
The WDSL in conjunction with all the clubs in the league are running a fundraiser ‘The Kube’ on Saturday, November 18, in the Parkview Hotel in Newtown. It is hoped every club will enter at least one participant to take on the Kube. The entry fee is €300 per participant which each club must pay themselves or get sponsored. Sponsored cards are available at present through any committee member. As yet the club haven’t decided who will take on the Kube on behalf of the club but we have a couple of interested parties. Anything over €300 raised on the sponsor cards goes to the club and our participant stands to win up to €1,500 for the club depending on how she or he does. Further information in the coming weeks.
As mentioned in the past couple of weeks some of our teams will be starting back pre-season training in the weeks ahead. The following are the teams who have confirmed dates as we go forward.
Development Squad (players born in 2011-2013) to be confirmed; under-8s (players born in 2010) to be confirmed; under-9s (players born in 2009) to be confirmed; under-10s (players born in 2008) to be confirmed; under-11s (players born in 2007) to be confirmed; under-12s (players born in 2006) training Saturday, August 5, at 11 a.m.; under-14s (players born in 2004/2005) training Saturday, August 5, at 11.30 a.m.; under-16s (players born in 2002/2003) training Saturday, August 12, at 10.30 a.m.
Regards training for all teams please make sure to communicate with your child’s respective coach/s as to availability/unavailability of your child for training (it does help a lot).
We are looking for new players for all age groups so if you have a girl or boy interested in playing please contact Hughie at 087 6987653 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org he will put you in touch with the respective coaches of the teams. Some teams may have midweek training over the course of the coming months but as yet dates have to be confirmed.
As usual every year we are looking for individuals to come forward to take up positions in the club and this coming year will be no different. We will be looking for people to take up roles on the committee or to coach or assist with teams. It involves one or two hours per week at the maximum and would be greatly appreciated and would certainly ease the workload on those that are currently involved in the club. If you would be available for a role in the club or can help us in the running of the club please contact any of our committee members or coaches.
For further information on all matters ‘Newtown Juniors FC’ please contact the secretary at 087 6987653 or by email email@example.com and you can also follow the club on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
GAA CLUB NOTES
The seniors suffered a disappointing championship loss against Annacurra last Sunday in Arklow. Final score was 0-7 to 1-12. A win is needed in round three to see Newtown through to the next round, round three against Éire Óg is scheduled to take place on Friday, August 11, at 7.30 in Ashford.
Over recent weeks we have enjoyed glorious sunshine at our junior magpie’s nursery which takes place every Saturday at 10 a.m. on the pitch, the nursery is for kids aged 4-8 and great fun is had by all every week. We will have no nursery next week due to the bank holiday but will resume on Saturday, August 12.
The under-seven and under-9s had their last home blitz of the year recently, there are two blitzes left to finish out the season one in Bray on Friday, August 18, and one in Ballinakill on Saturday, September 2, Both of these teams are training on Tuesdays at 6.30 p.m.
The under-11s are back in action tonight against Kilcoole away and they train on Wednesdays at 7 p.m.
The under-13s are doing well in the league and they played Annacurra away on Monday, they train on Mondays at 6.30 p.m.
The under-8/10 girls train Wednesdays at 6.30 p.m. The under-12 girls were away to Baltinglass last Monday for the first match of the championship with their next match at home to Blessington.
The under-14 girls are due to play Tinahely in the championship next week however there is no date confirmed as yet, training is Mondays and Thursdays at 7 p.m.
The under-16 girls clinched the league recently and were presented with the cup last Thursday, Philly and his management team gave the girls the night off and took them out for a well-deserved pizza. Thanks to the Mountkennedy inn and chef Keith Devlin for a great evening. Now training has been stepped up and we really need everybody to attend all sessions. Best of luck in the championship which started on Monday with an away game against Baltinglass.
We had a great week at our Cúl Camps which was our best and biggest camp to date, many thanks to all who attended. Well done to Una Power, who won ‘Girl of the Camp’ and Dayle Carthy, who won ‘Boy of the Camp’. Massive thanks to all the coaches and the ever reliable Ger Burke, who as usual went beyond the call of duty.
If you need more info about any of our juvenile teams please give Shay a ring at 087 2699620.
There is a good stock of club gear now available to buy for any enquiries regarding club gear please contact Amy at 086 3332195.
The lotto rolled over again this week, numbers drawn were 7, 14, 15 and 18 and there were five match-three winners, this week’s jackpot was €5k.
Boys and girls from the senior group enjoying the Kellogg’s Cúl Camp at Netown GAA grounds.
Sean O’Toole taking part in the King of Greystones Triathalon.