Without going in to any detail or recriminations re our campaign to win All Ireland honours this year. It's fair to state we had great entertainment following our hurling heroes throughout their campaign, so commiserations to all contenders reaching this year's finals.
It’s safe to say that we don’t like losing but we will be back!
Beware of an injured cat.
Michael Grogan and Alan Cooper arranged a bowling night on 3rd July 2019 followed by a meeting in JB Burke’s Bar.
Ber Butler surprised everyone with strawberries & cream, home grown in Alan Cooper’s garden. A big thank you goes to Ber and to JB, who prepared sandwiches for all attendees.
Alan welcomed all to our second meeting this year. Among the items discussed was a trip to Cork by Bus from Kilkenny. Some attendees expressed a wish to stay over and a trip to Spike Island was also discussed. Eamon Holohan made reference to our proposed get together for the Class of 59 as this year is our sixtieth anniversary since 1959. No definite date has been agreed for these events.
The CBS attendance awards took place on Wednesday night June 26th 2019 at 7.30pm. Eamon Holohan and Richie Hogan represented the Class of 59 and were warmly welcomed by School Principle Niall Bergin. Niall paid tribute to the Class of 59 and our continued involvement. The overall award winner was presented with the CBS Class of ‘59 Trophy and a €50 voucher. Medals and attendance certificates were also presented to deserving students. Niall also made contact with our chairman Alan Cooper thanking him for organising this annual event.
E Holohan R Hogan & overall winning student June 2019
On the 30th May, ten Classmates made their way to Dublin for a return visit to Collins Barracks. Our first was in 2015 and as this is a very large museum, we felt it necessary for a second visit as it’s too vast to see everything on one day. Collins Barracks was built in 1702 and is located in the Arbour Hill area of Dublin city. The buildings now house the National Museum of Ireland having previously housed both the British Armed Forces and the Irish Army garrisons for up to three hundred years. Of particular interest were the 1916 Rebellion and the Michael Collins story. After our visit we made our way back to Hueston Station for some refreshments and our train journey home, another enjoyable and memorable day out for the Class of ‘59.
P Lennon & A Cooper Collins Brks
Our outing to Waterford was a good start to 2019, just half an hour by rail to the oldest city in Ireland, this train ride south was a first for me since the mid sixties. Nine of us made the short journey and our first stop was Waterford Crystal showrooms. Waterford Crystal is known the world over, from its earliest beginningd in 1783, producing cut glass chandeliers, decanters and a luxurious range of contemporary and traditional crystal stemware, china, vases, wedding gifts and much more. Next was a step across the road to the Bishop's Palace. This building contains a wealth of fascinating artefacts, period furniture, beautiful fireplaces and a collection of rare and important paintings. It also holds the Penrose Decanter which is the oldest surviving piece of Waterford Crystal, dating back to 1789. Our culture trip continued to the Medieval Museum in the Viking Triangle. We enjoyed the company of a very knowledgeable tour guide and were treated to views of several historical artefacts including the unique Cloth of Gold vestments, which were lost for hundreds of years after they were hidden from Cromwell’s army. After a delightful carvery lunch we made our way back home and finished our day in JB’s Bar for a thirst quencher.
Alan Cooper and Ber Butler Waterford Crystal Mar 2019
Bowling was organised at McDonagh Junction on 6th March 2019 and a meeting took place afterwards in JB Burke’s Bar. Our Chairman Alan Cooper welcomed all to our first meeting: of the year and made apologies for Secretary M Grogan who was unable to attend. After some libation and sandwiches which were kindly supplied by the Proprietor JB, the business end of our meeting commenced. A review of our activities for last year including our current finances was discussed and outlined by Alan and by Treasurer Richie Hogan. Members contributions were collected and Secretary’s expenses agreed and cheques written. If you require a detailed financial report or require any further information, please contact Richie or Alan. In any other business, a short trip to Waterford on Thursday the 28th, as outlined in our news section was proposed and agreed (including a visit to Waterford Crystal and Museum).
The Kings of Club Hurling - Ballyhale Shamrocks - are celebrating and deservedly so, after their decisive win over St Thomas of Galway in a one sided clash in Croke park on St Patrick’s Day. Henry Shefflin’s team out hurled their opponents with a score line of Shamrocks 2.28 to St Thomas’ 2.11. Kilkenny Boss Brian Cody will no doubt be having a good look at some of the rising stars from Ballyhale as the county team ends their league campaign with a defeat to Cork on Saturday 16th in Nowlan Park. Shamrocks’ Captain Michael Fennelly dedicated their win to former colleague Owen Doyle who sadly passed away last year.
Congratulations to Jimmy Shortt who celebrated his birthday recently. Jimmy is a brother to Frankie Shortt who had an illustrious career as a jockey and rode a number of times on the famous Aintree course. He came third in the Grand National in 1970 on Miss Hunter. The Aintree course was a lot tougher in the sixties and early seventies than it is today. Frankie also won the Thyestes Chase on three occasions and a host of other important races. But his success came at a price as he broke nearly bone in his body over the years before eventually retiring to safer pastures with his wife Breda to Kilcullen where he ran the local Post Office for a number of years. He plays golf on occasions and watches his famous sport on TV.
Frankie Shortt riding Aussie over Beechers Brook in 1967
Congratulations to Michael Power who was recently awarded the National ‘Life Governor’ Life Saving Award for his unselfish contributions to Irish Water Safety over the years. He was honoured by Mayor Peter Chap Cleere and other dignitaries including Phil Hogan at a civic reception in Kilkenny. The Award of Life Governor is presented to an individual who has demonstrated a particular dedication towards the humanitarian goal of saving life from drowning.
Mayor Peter Chap Cleere and Michael Power
Alan Cooper’s daughter Mary Jane Enright, took part in the O’Reilly Butchers’ Four Mile Road Race in Kilmacthomas on Sunday February 17th, 2019. She was delighted to come in first place in her category in a time of 27.06 minutes. Well done and congratulations to you Mary Jane from the class of fifty nine.
Mary Jane Enright
In January Chairman Alan Cooper and his wife Mary took a winter break to the Spanish island of Lanzarote. The primary reason for the visit was to get away from the January blues and enjoy some good weather.
Despite its image of being a commercial tourist destination, Lanzarote has a lot to offer it’s visitors and we managed to see a lot of the Island in the three weeks we spent there. We stayed in Arrecife, Puerto del Carmen and Costa Teguise. One highlight for us was the Timanfaya National park and the Cesar Manrique Foundation and house.