Congratulations to the newly elected Officers and Committee of Stoneyford Development Association.
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.
Stoneyford Development Association
Joseph Whyte (Chairperson); Fred Malzard (Treasurer); Regina Moran (Secretary); Fiona Beynon, Bernadette Grace, Paul Hickey, Patrick Ganly, Paschal Long, John Raggett, Kieran Walsh
The Hands of Time
By Angela Hayes
Oh I miss the tick-tock of the Grandfather Clock
That used to stand in the hall,
Regal and tall it welcomed us all,
And chimed every hour of the day.
Its capable hands patiently spanned,
Over each precious minute of time.
And all through the night
When all else was quiet
It steadily rang in each chime.
But life is all go now and there’s no steady pace
And this gentle giant seems a bit out of place
Now clocks come in all colours and shapes
But the grandfather clock
Has its own special place.
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.