Senior: The seniors played Carrick Swan on Saturday night last in Kilsheelan. This was a game we had to win to retain any interest in the South Championship and this was reflected in the player’s attitude right from the throw in. Ardfinnan hit the ground running and had a goal in the first minute from Daniel O’Regan. This was followed with 3 pointed frees from Aidan Savage, Billy Hewitt and Brian Lonergan. Daniel O’Regan then got an excellent point from play and this was followed by points from Peter Hally, Jonathon Ryan, Johnny English, Brian Lonergan and a Thomas Maher 45. Ardfinnan played some excellent football throughout the first half and were well worth their half time lead of 1-9 to no score. Ardfinnan started the second half as they finished the first with 2 points from Billy Hewitt and a Daniel O’Regan point from play. Further points from O’Regan, Johnny English and Jonathon Ryan left the scoreline at the finish Ardfinnan 1-15 Swan 5 points. The team played great football throughout the hour and to a man they won their individual battles. A highlight of the game was the finishing of the forwards with some brilliant scores on the night. The younger members of the team were excellent throughout with Michael O’Sullivan offering himself for the overlap time and time again and running straight at the Swan backline which created the space for the forwards to finish the moves. At the moment the permutations for qualification are not clear with a number of games still remaining. The last spot will be fought for by Ardfinnan, Clonmel Og, Fethard and Swan. After the weekends action Ardfinnan have 3 points, Swan have 4, Clonmel Og have 3 and Fethard have 4. This means we have to win our remaining games to reach the 7 point mark that should ensure qualification to the quarterfinals.
The Juniors continued their preparations for championship with two very good challenges this weekend. Training continues on Monday and Friday nights.
It’s a busy week for the minors. If they get over the quarter final they will play Swan or Fethard on Wednesday, May 11.
The club would like to congratulate Oisin Flynn and Tom Kirwin who represented Tipperary at Minor football and hurling recently.
Ardfinnan is represented on the newly formed Knockmealdown Active steering group by Helen Nugent and Seamus Butler.
Knockmealdown Active has been set up with the aim of promoting the Knockmealdown Mountains & surrounding areas of Ardfinnan, Newcastle, Goatenbridge, Clogheen and Ballyporeen. The group is being helped in every way by Con Ryan, recreation officer with the South Tipperary Development Company and Philly Ryan from Celtic Community Link, a Muintir na Tire initiative.
A recent report by Dublin-based company SLR Consulting found that Ardfinnan had numerous attractions to offer visitors and locals in the area, including historical features like Lady’s Abbey, a vibrant village community, strong sporting clubs and a plethora of activities in the local area.
Meanwhile, Knockmealdown Active is running a photographic competition with €50 prize for the winner. The photo should show the spirit of the Knockmealdown area. Entries should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org before May 30.
To find out more about Knockmealdown Active, contact Helen Nugent on 086-2398710 or Seamus Butler on 087-9049280. You can also find Knockmealdown Active on Facebook.
Are you fed up of watching the weather forecast so that you can have a birthday party for your child outside? Well, Ardfinnan Community Council has the solution for you. You can book the hall to hold your child’s birthday party indoors where you can have a bouncy castle or obstacle course all at a reduced rate. The cost of renting the hall is €20 however it is essential that you book early to guarantee your date. To book please contact Kitty on 052 7466271 or mobile 087 7562742. To get a reduced rate on your bouncy castle or obstacle castle for the hall contact Barry on 086 8298999 directly. Keep your business local.
Ardfinnan Community Council would like to congratulate Ardfinnan National School on achieving the prestigious Green Flag status. An enormous amount of work went into getting the Green Flag and everyone involved should be extremely proud of this. Congratulations to the pupils, the staff and teachers, the principal Mairead Condon, parents, Board of Management and Parents Council and to all who helped make this possible. What a wonderful sight the flag will be to all who live or just pass through our lovely village and just shows what can be achieved with dedication, hard work and commitment to a goal.
Congratulations to all the pupils of Ardfinnan National School who made their Confirmation last Thursday. While the weather was not so kind all the staff, teachers, parents, families and pupils made the day a very special one indeed. Well done to all involved in this very special day. We would like to wish all the pupils the very best for the future when they will start secondary school in September and embark on another journey in their lives.
Ardfinnan Tidy Towns will be out doing their bit around the village on Saturday, May 14, and we would like anyone available for an hour or two to give a hand. We will be meeting at the community centre at 11am and from there we will be doing some fence painting, litter picking, flower planting and hanging baskets around the village.
Have you thought about getting more involved in your community or just around your estate well now is your chance to do so.
Every year tidy towns and all who help out gain a few extra points for the village presentation but it is hard work and we need your support to continue the great work. Tidy towns are available to help out any area or estate that need shrubs, flowers etc or removal of any litter or bushes that you tidy up. Once again thanks keeps up the great work.
ARDFINNAN LADIES FOOTBALL
U12 training continues every Wednesday night in the green from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. U14 training is every Monday night in the GAA field from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. New girls are always welcome.
The Gaelic for Women training is on every Tuesday night in the GAA field at 8pm. This training is for anyone who would like to play football of any age over 18 please come along, all new players are welcome.
Well done to all involved in the community games this year. The team put up a gallent fight against a very strong Cahir team and looked like coming close in the second half but in the end it was Cahir who emerged winners. Team: Ciara Slattery, Amy Lonergan, Sabrina Lambert, Aoife O’Farrell, Siadbh Fitzgearld, Jordan Aoife Keating, Eimear O’Connor, Anna Barlow, Rachel Doyle, Ciara Nagle, Orla Keating, Grace O’Mahoney, Caoimhe Quinn, Maeve Saxon, Alice Tobin, Subs: Chloe Bray, Jayde Tobin Wall, Sinead Cunningham.
Well done to Laura Nagle and the Tipperary u14 team who played Waterford in the Munster Final on Sunday last in Cahir. Tipperary proved too strong for Waterford and earned themselves a Munster Title. Well done to all involved.
The Junior team played Upperchurch in the league last weekend, with only four points in it at half time Ardfinnan pulled away in the second half and emerged worthy winners.