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Shooting for good causes 09 Jan

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09 January 2004

The Chernobyl Children's Orphanage appeal and the local community playgroup benefited.
Shooting began at 10am and went on until dusk. Among the winners were B. Maher, M. Cleere, E. Condon and B. O'Connor.
The club thanked the “Dirty Dozen” who continually get stuck in to help make these events successful.
Thanks also went to C. Reilly, M. Reilly, E. Reilly, G. Gahan, E. Pollard, J. Hogan, J. Carroll, L. O'Shea and other young people who helped with catering.
The club's next shoot is in April.
Before that the club hopes to have a limited number of local “invite only” shoots. The members' draw will be held at Easter to raise funds for the club's game conservation programmes during 2004.

Soccer – The local under-10s were in festive mood recently. They finished off the year in style with a blitz against neighbours Moyglass.
The group have been coming together every Saturday in Ballycullen under the watchful eyes of Lee Browning and John Bermingham, with the emphasis on fun and participation rather than competition.
The lads turned up in such numbers that Mullinahone were able to field two teams. Three short games were played with Mullinahone coming out narrowly on top.
Goals were scored by Cathal Horan (2), Sean Bermingham (2), Gary Cronin and James Hindley.
Perhaps if John Vaughan has his way about opening up Croke Park we could yet see a Mullinahone man head a ball there?
On a historical note the fist ever Mullinahone football team met and practiced in a field in Ballycullen and played under that name.
 
Final Call – Final preparations are being made for the Jack Brett Golf Challenge in Carrick on January 24.
Tee-off times are between 10am and 12.30pm with 8-10 minute gaps between foursomes.
The challenge is likely to be oversubscribed so it is important that all those wishing to take part should contact the local organisers straight away.
Contacts: Johnny Kennedy 052-53479, Richard Needham, Joe Pollard 052-53366.
Handicaps will have to be verified and then allocated to each hair.
In the event of there being a surplus, money will be divided among local charities.
A magnificent crystal trophy has been donated by Thomas Lonergan and Jimmy Wall.
 
So Dry – Although the last day of the year yielded more than half an inch of rainfall (14.22mm) the amount did little to alter the patter of the year.
Overall last year 794.1mm (313/4") fell in the area on 174 days. Since records began to be kept in the area in 1980 only 2001 has been drier.
That year 780.4mm or 311/4" of rain fell on 183 days. As regards the number of wet days in 2003 only 1991 with 169 wet days has had more dry days in the last 24/25 years than last year.
The below average rainfall for the year was due mostly to the fact that most months of 2003 were relatively dry.
Only in November (the wettest month of the year) did the local rainfall for the month exceed 100mm (4").
In November 109.9mm of rain fell on 20 of the 30 days.
May was the second wettest month of the year with 92.33mm of rain falling on 22 days, just edging out December which had 91.33mm of rainfall on 15 days.
At the other end of the scale September was the driest month with only 9.6mm of rain falling on six days.
October own the silver medal for dry weather with 24.1mm of rainfall on ten days, with September third with 33.3mm of rain on 14 days.
We remember that Indian Summer during August, September and October. In fact during the period August 1 to October 20 inclusive a period of 81 days rain fell on only 25 of them.
Believe it or not the longest continuous spell without rainfall didn't take place during the Indian Summer. It lasted from March 12 to 27 inclusive, a period of 16 days.
This length of time is classified in official weather circles as a drought. The next longest spell was during August, 1 to 11.
Do you remember the wet days? The wettest day of the year was June 29 (once the feast day of Saints Peter and Paul). that day 32.8mm (11/3") of rain fell.
April 24 was the second wettest day with 24.9mm (1") of rainfall. The third wettest day of the year was July 16 with 23.1mm of rainfall.
That was a close call for St Swithin's Day (July 15) when only 1.7mm of rain fell.
The second half of July was pretty wet with the promised 40 days of rainfall petering out on August 1 with the coming of the Indian Summer.
 
Silence – Since Radio Kilkenny went off the air the “sound of silence” is definitely the No 1 hit on local radio stations in many areas of the parish.
Radio Kilkenny came in loud and clear to all areas. Not so Tipp FM which due to the proximity of Slievenamon cannot be picked up in many parts of the parish, especially the village.
 
Lotto – The local lotto jackpot was not won over Christmas. On December 22 the winning numbers were 7, 9, 16 and 20. Three people shared e150; Mary T. Mockler, Gin and Tonic, c/o Kelly's and Kyle McNamara.
Jackpot on January 12 is expected to be e4,500.
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Thanks – James Maher has thanked local people who helped to raise e2,150 for the Chernobyl Development Trust Fund, COPE meals on wheels and the Billy Riordan Memorial Fund.

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Last Updated: 09 January 2004 9:01 AM
 

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