Now that we are into the busy summer season, GAA and Camogie Clubs in particular are busy with fundraising events as a whole range of events will take place across the county.
Young Irelands GAA and Camogie Club in Gowran will be busy over the summer with a number of events planned, and the first of their arranged events takes place with their annual Dog Night in Kilkenny Greyhound Track this coming Sunday night.
The Dog Night has been a major success since the first running of the event, and with the longer evenings and likelihood of lovely summer weather, it’s a perfect social opportunity to meet-up with friends and neighbours.
There are plenty of prizes to be won this Sunday night, and for anyone that purchases a ticket including advance they will be entered into a Draw for a chance to win.
Similar to last year, The Camogie Club have come on board for this fundraiser and with both the GAA and Camogie Clubs raising funds for Sunday nights event from Ticket and Raffle Sales, it will generate greater interest and should bring in extra income for both Clubs.
The action gets underway on Sunday Evening with the first race from 7.30pm. Admission is €10 for Adults with children free, and all proceeds from ticket sales will go to Young Irelands GAA and Camogie Clubs.
For further information on The Young Irelands Dog Night, check out The Young Irelands GAA and Camogie Club pages on Facebook for further details.
Meanwhile, on the playing field last Saturday, the annual U-12 Young Irelands Tournament took place in Gowran with this years tournament held in honour of Beatrice Treacy.
It was a very special occassion on a very special day, and the Young Irelands boys were most fitting winners with the team Captained by Patrick Treacy who is a Grandson of Beatrice.
Beatrice’s Husband Paddy Treacy presented The Cup to Patrick in a very special moment, while her Son Brian “Beano” Treacy came home from New Zealand especially for the occassion.
Before The Tournament began last Saturday Morning, The eight teams that competed lined up in a circle led by a Piper Musician.
The eight teams that competed were Young Irelands Gowran(Cup Winners), Graigue-Ballycallan, Danesfort, Mullinavat, St. Martins, Mooncoin, Bennettsbridge (Shield Winners) and Barrow Rangers.
Beatrice was a Young Irelands stalwart heavily involved in The Club for so many years with both Hurling and Camogie. She served as PRO of The Club for almost 20 years, while in Millenium Year (2000) she was Editor of The Gowran GAA Story.
She was also a founding member of St. Marys Camogie Club in Gowran, while she was very centrally involved in Kilkenny Camogie both as a County Board delegate and also was a Selector in Kilkenny’s First Senior All-Ireland in 1974.
Beatrice’s Granddaughters Steffi and Tiffanie were on the starting team as Kilkenny won The Senior All-Ireland last year.
As mentioned, Young Irelands will be busy with a range of Fundraising events over the next few months.
The annual Young Irelands GAA Golf Classic will take place in Gowran Park on the weekend of Friday 23rd and Saturday June 24th with €3000 in Prize Money on offer.
Tee times available on Friday and from 2pm on Saturday, while a Team of four costs €200.
Players without a GUI Handicap will be given one on the day, and their prizes for longest drive, nearest the pin and money hole. For further information on Tee Times, contact Liam Walsh on 087 2647248.
Meanwhile, one of the great highlights of the year takes place on Sunday July 9th with The Kilkenny Country Music Festival in Gowran Park.
A whole host of acts will take to the stage with Mike Denver once again returning along with Trudi Lalor, Jimmy and Claudia Buckley, while Olivia Douglas and Brendan Shine will also perform at this years Festival. Tickets are available from Hennessys Shop, Gowran, Gowran Pharmacy anad Porters Newsagent, High St, Kilkenny, and also at https://www.eventbrite.ie/
For further information on This years Kilkenny Country Music Festival, check out https://kilkennycountrymusicfestival.ie/ for all the details.
Plenty for Young Irelands in Gowran to look forward to throughout the Summer Months, with The Dog Night at Kilkenny Greyhound Track on Sunday Night starting at 7.30pm.