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Gold Creek by Micheál ó Fearghail

Congratulations to Micheál Ó Fearghail who won First Prize in the recent Active Retirement Ireland Art Competition, which was held in Wexford. 

The Senior Alert Scheme is run through Pobal and is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development. This is available to anyone who is over 65 and residing in Hugginstown, Newmarket and the surrounding area.  If you would like to avail of the Senior Alerts Scheme and obtain a personal alarm / pendant- please contact Billy Brenner on 087 272 8876 or Cleeve Cuddihy 086 063 8450 for further information.  Their role is to help anyone who is eligible to access the Senior Alert Scheme and to act on their behalf and deal with Pobal and the supplier.  An alarm and a pendant plus the first year’s monitoring charge are provided under the scheme.

The Club is holding their Annual Golf Classic and Raffle at Callan Golf Club on Friday 14th. and Saturday 15th. June.  Tickets and Tee Times are available from Richie at 086 293 6205. All are welcome to join in the Clubhouse at Callan for prizegiving on Saturday from 8.00p.m. Food will be served all day.

Scoil Earaigeal Ballyhalel is seeking host families for Spanish students who will be joining their school next year. Please contact info@scoilaireagail.ie or (056) 776 8632 for more details. 

Stoneyford 10k Challenge

Sunday, the 19th of May, is one of the highlights of the Stoneyford calendar, marking the much-anticipated annual 10k and 5k Run. This event attracts runners, walkers, and Stoneyfordians of all ages, eagerly participating either to compete seriously or to challenge their own personal goals.

The event was flawlessly organized, transforming the village into a festive hub. While the serious runners aimed for victory, many others enjoyed a leisurely pace, some even pushing baby buggies around the course. It’s a wonderful social event where old friends reconnect and new friendships are formed, creating a vibrant and friendly atmosphere.

This year, the organizers truly outdid themselves, with a victory arch of multicolored balloons adding a festive touch. Every detail was meticulously planned, leaving nothing to chance. The only unpredictable element was the weather, which had been changeable in the days leading up to the event. Fortunately, the 19th dawned beautifully, with perfect conditions—neither too hot nor too cold. The day proceeded without a hitch, and everyone left with smiles, already looking forward to another great run in 2025.

Patrick Ganly

Farewell to the Sixties.

read by by Patrick Ganly

Angela Hayes

The Pearly Gates

read by Angela Hayes

Unfortunately over the past few months there has been a large amount of dog fouling on the community centre pitch and walking track. These areas are used by our soccer club, visiting clubs, walkers and runners. We would ask that all dog walkers to please adhere to the following guidelines.

All dogs must be kept on a lead at all times. Many people both adults and children are afraid of dogs.

No Dogs allowed on the green area.

Clean up after your dog. Bag It, Bin It.

If the problem continues we may have to ban dog walking in the future.

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Summer Flowers, Stoneyford. 2021

A Skipper looks back.

John Connolly (l902/l985), like other members of his family, spent the greater part of his working life on the Barrow.  For many of those years he acted as skipper of the Grand Canal Company’s barge, ‘”The 79M”.  In retirement he recalled in these verses some of his earIy morning voyages down the beautiful Barrow Valley.  As the 79M with other company boats set out from the quay at Graigue they sought to rendezvous at St. Mullins at high tide with the steamer which would shepherd them all safeIy through the tidal waters to their destination at  Waterford The memories recalled here are all pleasant ones, but life on the Barrow had another side, and the boatman ‘s Iot could often be a difficult and dangerous one.

The early morning tide

By John Connolly, Snr

One evening fair to take the air, alone I chanced to stray
Where by the Barrow's banks as a child I loved to play.
I miss old pals and comrades, where we strolled on, side by side
Watching the boats come sailing down to catch the morning tide.
On every morning early, at the dawning of the day,
Some boats would leave Canal Store and others from The Quay:
They'd steer the bridge in lovely style, sweep by the weir with pride
To navigate the lock; below when going for the tide.
Passing "Michael's" churchyard where underneath the sod
Lies many a stalwart boatman - we'd commend their souls to God
By Uisce Mór and Murray's Lock past Dormer's in our stride,
Bahana's woods and Carriglead –in short we'd meet the tide.
And when we'd meet St. Mullins lock a steamer waited there,
While the lark sang high up in the sky, his sweet song on the air.
The steamer then starts sailing and the boats begin to glide,
A truly lovely picture on the early morning tide.
Poulmounty Woods;, the Cushlawn Rock and Coolhill Castle high  
The stronghold of the de la Rupe's, who thought they’d never die.
The skipper tending to the wheel, his crew on him relied
To steer them through the Ferry Bridge, on the early morning tide.
Now Sundays, on the bridge of Graig, I gaze down at the store
And I think how I’d love to see my mates back there once more,
To hear their happy laughter, completely occupied
A loading up their little boats to catch the morning tide.
Most of these men have now passed on and many years have flown
Since they went to eternal rest, where troubles are unknown.
For them we pray each night and day and think of them with pride,
No more they’ll sail and steer their boats for the early morning tide.

Welcome to Stoneyford Development Association’s website. Thank you for visiting our site. You are very welcome, please stay for a  long as you wish. If you follow the various links you will learn about our community, our news, our hobbies our weather etc.Kilkenny is a beautiful county with many sights to be seen and experiences to be had. If you are visiting the mid Kilkenny region the village of Stoneyford is an ideal location to use as a base for your travels. It is central to Kilkenny City, Jerpoint Glass, Jerpoint Abbey, Kells Monastic Site, Kilree Round Tower and High Cross, Mount Juliet Country Estate and Golf Course and many more.

There is also good trout and salmon fishing in the area. While in Stoneyford you could experience the delights of Knockdrinna Artisan Cheese, produced in the village, the hospitality of Malzard’s or Sheridan’s Public Houses and stay in one of the many delightful B and Bs, where you can taste the best of local fare and the warmth of Stoneyford hospitality. If you are lucky you might get a chance to see Carrickshock hurlers, of whom we are very proud, display their skills on the playing pitch.We hope you will find this website informative and entertaining, if you have any suggestions or comments please feel free to share them with us.