On the 18th of February Carrickshock GAA won an Intermediate All-Ireland Final. They beat Ahascragh- Fohenagh on a score line of 2-16 to 0-6. The match was on at the GAA headquarters, the one and only Croke Park. I was there and I was an anxious Carrickshock supporter. Ahascragh- Fohenagh are from Galway and for all you GAA fans you might know what famous hurlers play club hurling for them. Cathal and Padráic Mannion are from Ahascragh- Fohenagh. Just because they have two county players doesn’t mean we can’t match that. We have Kilkenny’s one and only Richie Power, John Power, John Tennyson, John Dalton and Michael Rice. Carrickshock were relegated from the Senior ranks last year unfortunately but they bounced back very quickly indeed. Anyway onto the match. A lot of people were very scared that Ahascragh- Fohenagh would trash Carrickshock but Carrickshock were determined not to lose. Carrickshock lost the same match in 2004. Around six of the players who were playing in that one point defeat in 2004 were playing in Croker on the 18th of February. Carrickshock started the match very strongly and had four points before Ahascragh-Fohenagh put the ball over the crossbar. Just before the end of the first half Padráic Mannion fouled Richie Power inside the box so it was a penalty. Richie’s brother Jamie who is the Carrickshock goalkeeper sprinted up the pitch and scored the penalty by blasting it into the bottom left corner. Again in the second half Carrickshock started strongly and early in the second half Damien Walsh got the second and last goal of the match. Then Carrickshock started pulling away and Richie Power showed his pure skill and ability by just catching puck outs and slotting them over the bar. In the end the score was 2-16 to 0-6. John Tennyson was the man to walk up the steps of Croke Park and represent Carrickshock and lift the cup. I hope this isn’t the last time Carrickshock win an All-Ireland. This was the proudest day of my life.
On Thursday the 13th of October three very important people came to our school. Their names were Aisling O’ Farrell, Lydia Phelan and the one and only Jacqui Frisby. And the reason they came was because they had all beaten Cork in the All-Ireland Camogie Final. Aisling , Lydia and Sabrina Walsh were on the Intermediate team who were from Carrickshock. Sadly Sabrina wasn’t able to come but we still had a good time. Also Edel Frisby wasn’t able to make it. Edel is a past pupil and she played a vital part on the Intermediate team as a solid wing back. And last but not least my hero the one and only Jacqui Frisby. Jacqui is my hero because she has lost so many finals, but every time she lost, she just picked herself up and dusted herself off. It must have been the best day ever for the Frisby family as Jacqui and Edel Frisby both won a cup. Hopefully someday I might just be up there doing the same thing as them.
Last week the league final was played between Darragh’s team and Stephen’s team. These teams are very big rivals. From the start it was a serious competition. Aine Rohan and Edward Dwyer were on pure fire. Both of them chipped in with score after score. A goal from Aine really lifted her team but a few points back from Edward meant they still had a chance. The determination from both teams was unreal .The scores were rolling in. A goal from Darragh that dropped over Stephen’s head lifted the team again. Stephen’s team showed great determination not to give up. Edward’s unstoppable goal really lifted the team but sadly for Stephen the final whistle blew. The final score in favour of Darragh was 3-8 to 1-5. Stephen was gutted but Darragh was delighted.
Darragh Dwyer 5th class
Carrickshock schools hurling team had a great day in Nowlan Park when they played an exhibition game against Graignamanagh/Skeough during half time in the relegation final between Kilkenny and Clare. It was a great experience for all the players to play in front of a big crowd and everyone really enjoyed the day. In addition we were able to watch a very exciting game between Kilkenny and Clare which went right to the wire with Killian Buckley scoring a wonderful point in the final minute to give Kilkenny a narrow victory.
A person in our village who has put his heart and soul into our community is Criostóir ó Tuama. He was from Ballyvourney, West Cork. He came to Newmarket in 1952. For 37 years he was the principal of Newmarket N.S. Thanks to Criostóir, Newmarket was the first rural community in 1957 with a water scheme. He had a keen interest in G.A.A and trained the parish school team for 27 years. In 1988 he retired and moved on from teaching to becoming involved in tidy towns and he formed a committee. He was the secretary of the Newmarket tidy towns committee for many years. Newmarket got top marks in category A of the Kilkenny tidy towns for ten years! He also took care of Calvary cemetery, the local graveyard. He used to often visit us in Newmarket school. He used to always influence us to speak the Irish language. He always loved the Irish language, even if he came into the school to visit us he would talk in Irish and encourage us to as well. Criostóir used to visit us very frequently. He thought the Irish language should come first. He was also responsible for the building of Gairdín an Ghorta which is a lovely garden remembering the famine in 1841. He very sadly passed away on the 30th of December 2014. We, the pupils in Newmarket school played the recorder in his memory in Hugginstown church on the 6th of January 2015. It was very sad. Everyone that knew Criostóir will always remember him. He was a person who made a great contribution to our community. To the very end, Criostóir was working to finish the footpath from the village to the Gairdin, and for Newmarket church to reopen. We will certainly never forget Criostóir. I don’t think anyone who knew him will. We will very much miss his frequent visits, and his encouragement to us for the Irish language. Our prayers are sent to Criostóir’s family and friends.
Leah 6th class
On Friday last John and Richie Power visited our school and brought a very special guest with them. It was the McCarthy Cup they had recently won in the All Ireland final. On Thursday when Mr. Duggan told us they were coming I was hopping with excitement .The next day I was waiting for half ten all morning. Finally John, Richie and of course Liam arrived and everyone clapped for them. Then we were asking them questions and after that we got to hold Liam I kissed it about five times .A while later we went outside for a picture. I was holding Liam with my friends. After a lot of pictures everyone were getting their hurls jerseys flags and posters signed by John and Richie. Everyone was so happy. Then a lot of people went running around with Liam.(Including me)It was a bit disappointing when the three had to leave but it was well worth it and they had left Coke, Club Orange, 7 up and crisps! When everyone was outside they were having picnics on big Kilkenny flags but in short it was a really really good day!