Well done to Eoin Morrissey and his assistants for all their hard work in producing an excellent book entitled Golden Days to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of Golden National School.


There are two seats still available on the outing to An Grianan on Wednesday, July 11. There will be a choice of two classes on the day, flower arranging or style and image. Full details from Maureen 06251277.


Golden/Kilfeacle Queen of the Suir Festival kicked off with a huge buzz last Wednesday, June 27, with the Fun Run/Walk around Mantlehill. Walk was 6k and the run was 8k. First home on the night was Paudie Coen in a very fast time of 32 mins and 35 seconds followed closely by Sean Ryan in 33 mins 55 seconds. First lady home was Joanne Donnelly in a super time of 42 mins and 55 seconds. Honours for the first walkers home were divided between local ladies Trish Fogarty and Caroline Carr. The first juniors to cross the finish line were Mary Louise and John O’Rourke in a super time of 44mins 50 seconds.

The final of the PJ Ryan Memorial indoor soccer tournament followed. The teams of Damian Fogarty and Shane Stapleton played end to end soccer which resulted in a thrilling 5 - 4 victory for Damian Fogarty which were ably led by Keith Landy. The Ryan family presented medals to winners and runners up. Winning squad were Damian Fogarty, Keith Landy, Brian Fogarty, James Casey, Tadhg O’Driscoll and Paul Fogarty.

Thursday evening saw the festival bingo which with double prize money on the night drew a huge crowd and as always is one of the highlights of the festival.

Friday night was the Annual Fashion Show night and was our first opportunity to see the 14 lovely queens who competed for this years Queen of the Suir title. Beautiful fashion, champagne, chocolate fountain and numerous local celebrity models including a wonderful selection of budding young supermodels from Golden and Thomastown National schools made this a night to remember. Saturday saw a wide variety of events kicking off in the Creamery grounds with a car boot sale at 3pm. The Community hall was the venue for the Kiddie afternoon which included a disco, face painting and art competition. Festivities then moved down to the island where we had a beat on the island. Main attractions on the night included Tug of War where the Kilfeacle Rugby team proved too strong for the other competitors. Next came the eagerly awaited wife carrying competition which saw last year champs Trish and Brian Fogarty fall at the final fence and blow their chance of a back to back title. The final then saw Michael and Caroline Carr take on Aidan Sullivan and Sinead. Both teams had a fall as they hit the first bend but regrouped to finish in a dead tie and share the prize money of €E150.

Caroline O’Donnell