Carlow News

Urban centres a hurling wasteland

IN the week immediately preceding last year’s All-Ireland hurling final replay, coaches from Setanta Hurling Club in Carlow Town were talking to pupils from two sixth-class groups in one of the local primary schools. Since forming in 2011, the club has worked tirelessly to promote hurling with... Read More

Ryan and Rossiter dominate final

Ryan and Rossiter dominate final

HANDBALL By Séan Ryan CARLOW handball players Andy Ryan and John Rossiter made the long journey to Curraghboy, Co Roscommon on Saturday to contest the final of the 40×20 Diamond Masters against Martin Cronin and Padraig Gillard from Mayo. The Garryhill lads started slowly and allowed the west... Read More

Double win for Aquablueat Des Hanlon Memorial

Double win for Aquablueat Des Hanlon Memorial

CYCLING THE Des Hanlon Memorial Race which was hosted by the Carlow Road Cycling Club proved to be a tremendous success with almost 400 riders taking part in four different race categories. Bryan McCrystal of the Aquablue Club was an emphatic winner of the A1 and A2 race when, with 20kms to go, he... Read More

Carlow teams break national records

Carlow teams break national records

THE relay events took centre stage on the final day of the Woodie’s DIY Juvenile Indoor Championships of Ireland. There was close to 1,000 young athletes taking part and, as always, the relays provided an exciting end to the three-day championship. St Laurence O’ Toole AC sent up seven relay teams... Read More

Éire Óg and Clonmore win Féile finals

Éire Óg and Clonmore win Féile finals

LUMCLOON Training Centre in Fenagh was the venue for this year’s Féile Peil Ceatharlach competitions with the games taking place in what can only be described as stormy conditions. However, the U14 teams from six clubs gave an outstanding display of football. First up were Éire Óg and Ml Davitts... Read More

Carlow into Towns Plate last four

Towns Plate Carlow 20 New Ross 10 Carlow have qualified for the semi-final of the Towns Plate after a 20-10 win over New Ross at Oakpark on Sunday. After gaining promotion to Division 2A of the Leinster League, New Ross travelled to Carlow with high hopes. But despite being short of several regulars,... Read More

Minors take the silverware

Minors take the silverware

Carlow 1-15 Antrim 1-13 By Tommy Murphy A SUPERB second-half display from the Carlow minor hurlers saw them overhaul a five-point Antrim lead and claim victory by two points in a thrilling Leinster minor hurling league final at Lumcloon Training Centre on Saturday. The opening 10 minutes were even... Read More

Banner raised as Carlow fallto another loss

Banner raised as Carlow fallto another loss

Clare 3-21 Carlow2-10 By Kieran Murphy THE omens were not good in the lead-up to this latest heavy NFL Division 4 defeat for Carlow in Ennis on Sunday. Rumours were rife that another four players had left the panel of their own volition while there was also the memory of last week’s travelling... Read More

‘Clare were better and they proved it’: Rainbow

ANTHONY Rainbow put a brave face on this latest drubbing as he watched helplessly while Carlow slumped to a comprehensive 14-point defeat to a team who have hardly set the football world alight in recent years. The signs were bad early on when Clare strolled into an early five-point lead. Carlow... Read More

Carlow captain points to training burden

By Kieran Murphy A difference of opinion could be emerging between the Carlow senior footballers and the management team in relation to training methods and the amount of time the panel is required to put in on training nights. Speaking after the latest setback in Ennis on Sunday where Carlow lost... Read More

Latvian kids to learn ABCs in native language

Latvian kids to learn ABCs in native language

IRELAND is now their home, but the local Latvian community’s cultural identity, traditions and language are legacies they continue to cherish. As part of this community spirit, the Leinster Latvian Community (LELAB), assisted by the Latvian Embassy in Dublin, has just opened a brand new Latvian... Read More

Vintage run keeps Trish’s memory alive

HELPING others battling with cancer has become the abiding legacy of a young mother who tragically lost her own life to the disease. The family of the late Trish Bowes from Hacketstown, who passed away almost three years ago, have once again come together to host a vintage car/tractor run in aid of... Read More

Local girl Laura rubs shoulders with celebs

Local girl Laura rubs shoulders with celebs

CAPTURING the latest trends and rubbing shoulders with top celebs was all part of a day’s work for a local photography student as she set her lens on London Fashion Week. Laura Sothern (24) from Russelstown, Carlow recently travelled to London Fashion Week and had the opportunity to shoot like... Read More

Bernie is this month’s Local Hero

Bernie is this month’s Local Hero

Askea’s ‘Mrs Community Games’ This month’s local hero isBernie Griffin from Askea.According to the awards judges,Nationalisteditor Conal O’Boyle and Talbot Hotel general manager Ken Battigan: “Bernie’s dedication to the community games for over 30 years has been an inspiration to generations of... Read More

Unum’s €25k gift gives Delta Centre a good reason to sing

Unum’s €25k gift gives Delta Centre a good reason to sing

AN INSPIRATIONAL performance full of joy and spirit proved the perfect seal of approval for a donation of €25,000 to Delta Centre, Carlow recently. Retiring CEO of the Unum Group visited Carlow to make a donation of €25,000 to the centre for people with disabilities – €1,000 for each of the 25 years... Read More

Kathy Walsh’s campaign gets off to a rousing start

Kathy Walsh’s campaign gets off to a rousing start

WELL-WISHERS, supporters and family gathered in the Tara Arms, Tullow recently to launch the election campaign of Fine Gael councillor Kathy Walsh. The Tullow native has burst onto the political scene in recent months, securing the Fine Gael party co-option onto Carlow Town Council and subsequently... Read More

Direct Democracy picks its candidate for local elections

Direct Democracy picks its candidate for local elections

A NEW political movement is hoping to make a splash in the Carlow area in the upcoming local elections. Direct Democracy Ireland recently held a public information meeting in the Seven Oaks Hotel, Carlow, announcing Saoire O’Brien as its candidate for the Carlow municipal district in the 23 May... Read More

GAA issues warning as clubs hit by thieves

GAA CLUBS that are being targeted by callous thieves during matches and training sessions have vowed to forced to hit back. On Wednesday 26 March, Tinryland GAA Club was targeted once again as Kilkenny teams Erin’s Own and O’Loughlin Gaels togged out in a challenge match at the Carlow club. Earlier... Read More

English Hayden says he will run as independent

English Hayden says he will run as independent

FATHER of seven and community activist Matthew English Hayden has announced his intention to run as an independent in the May local elections in the Carlow South area. Mr English Hayden from Rathrush, Rathoe had previously sought selection from Fianna Fáil but lost out to former independent cllr... Read More

Tinryland’s Jim Deane is to run for Sinn Féin

Tinryland’s Jim Deane is to run for Sinn Féin

CAMPAIGNING for the local election in Carlow is set to intensify with the announcement that Sinn Féin has chosen a second candidate in the newly-created ten-seat North Carlow constituency. Tinryland businessman and community activist Jim Deane has been endorsed by the party  to run alongside cllr... Read More

Broderick saves Carlow late on

Carlow Nationalist2 weeks ago

Broderick saves Carlow late on

London2-7 Carlow0-13 By Niall O’Sullivan THE EXILES were made to pay a heavy price for their wastefulness as Carlow sealed a late, late draw in this NFL Division 4 game at Ruislip on Sunday. London established a commanding eight-point lead over the Barrowsiders before watching it get slowly chipped... Read More

Carlow make light work of Westmeath

Carlow Nationalist2 weeks ago

Carlow make light work of Westmeath

Carlow 2-21 Westmeath 0-13 By Kieran Murphy THIS was as easy as it looked. Except for a brief period midway through the first half, Carlow totally dominated their final regular season Division 2A NHL game in Dr. Cullen Park on Sunday. After losing to Kerry the week before, the home side were in no... Read More

Carlow Nationalist2 weeks ago

Players’ minds turn to decider

By Kieran Murphy AFTER last week’s set-back against Kerry, the pressure was on Carlow who were always going to produce a big performance. Westmeath are struggling so it was sad to see Carlow almost humiliate a county with whom they have had so many great battles. Carlow captain David English said... Read More

Carlow Nationalist2 weeks ago

Meyler to welcome back Rangers players

By Kieran Murphy CARLOW senior hurling manager John Meyler has confirmed that the Mount Leinster Rangers players will be returning to the Carlow senior hurling squad on Thursday and will be available for selection when the county meet Kerry in the Division 2A National Hurling League play-off in two... Read More

Vicious sex attacker jailed for seven years

Carlow Nationalist2 weeks ago

Vicious sex attacker jailed for seven years

Victim left blind in one eye describes how ‘part of her has died’ A 21-YEAR-old student from Carlow town has been jailed for seven years for a horrific attack he carried out on a young woman on Centaur Street, just yards from her front door. “Shocking and horrific in its viciousness” is how Judge... Read More

Flavours come first in Oonagh’s brand new custom-built kitchen

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Flavours come first in Oonagh’s brand new custom-built kitchen

Kellistown baking queen opens new cookery school at her home SHE EARNED the reputation as the queen of flavours during her time on TV3’sThe Great Irish Bake-Off,and now Kellistown resident Oonagh Barrett is hoping to pass on some of her culinary expertise to a whole new audience. The... Read More

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‘Business Oscars’ to take centre stage

CARLOW’S top businesses will literally be under the spotlight at this year’s Excellence in Business awards, as the venue changes to the GBS Theatre. The annual celebration of the business community, organised by Carlow Chamber, will take place on Friday 9 May in the GBS Theatre and, while it returns... Read More

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Plans lodged for wind farm at Old Leighlin

PLANS for a controversial wind farm for The Ridge, Old Leighlin have now been lodged with Carlow County Council. Galetech Energy Development Ltd has applied for permission to erect 21 wind turbines, each with a hub height of up to 99m and rotor diameter of up to 82m, maximum tip height of 140m and... Read More

‘I was a slave’

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‘I was a slave’

Abuse victim speaks out on barbaric family cruelty in hope of helping others and establishing support group A COUNTY Carlow woman subjected to the most barbaric cruelty as a child has this week decided to speak out in the hope of helping others who are living with the impact of abuse. When just a... Read More

Local News

Dwyer prepares for elite phase with Ireland

By Kieran Murphy INTERNATIONAL soccer player Lauren Dwyer is packing her bags this week and is joining the Rep of Ireland U19 squad as they prepare for what could well be the most important week of their young careers. The team will train for three days and will then fly out to Holland where they... Read More

Regional News

Defeats see us slip back a little

Pádraig Amond IT was a very poor week for us at Morecambe as we lost both of our games 1-0, but they were very contrasting games. Last Tuesday’s game against Chesterfield was a poor performance by us. In saying that, Chesterfield played brilliant against us and only for our goalkeeper making some... Read More

Superstars set to clash for €2.5m at Punchestown

WITH less than five weeks to the highlight of the Irish jump racing season Punchestown looks set to once again attract the superstars of racing with the announcement of an impressive €2.5 million prize fund. A further development for the jump racing season finale is the introduction of the major new... Read More

Ireland and the Grand National

Daletta In his ‘Sweeney Guide to the Irish Turf’ the late Tony Sweeney prefaced his list of the Grand National winners since 1837 with the following caveat. ‘NB The story of the Grand National, certainly in so far as it relates to breeders and trainers in its first half century, is one enveloped in... Read More

Leinster joy for Tullow first years

TULLOW Community School’s first year soccer team created history last Tuesday when they won the school’s first ever Leinster Cup. Joe Morris was the hero when his wonderful half volley sealed a nervous victory. The pedigree of soccer trophies in Tullow over the past 10 years has been outstanding... Read More

Newbie Brian rolls out the big guns to launch his campaign

Newbie Brian rolls out the big guns to launch his campaign

LOCAL election candidate Brian O’Donoghue may be lining out for Fine Gael, but in the scrum to be elected this May there’s only one man to call on – rugby legend Seán O’Brien! The Tullow Tank lent his significant pushing power by launching Brian’s campaign in Molloy’s Bar, Rathvilly recently. Brian... Read More

Cllr David O’Brien throws his hat in the ring

Cllr David O’Brien throws his hat in the ring

IT’S BEEN a busy time for David O’Brien who, fresh from his honeymoon, launched his election campaign recently in the Red Lion pub in Bagenalstown. Cllr O’Brien was joined by deputy John McGuinness, members of Fianna Fáil and family and friends. He’s one of three Fianna Fáil hopefuls to run for a... Read More

Miracle mum Deirdre is one in a billion!

Miracle mum Deirdre is one in a billion!

ALL mothers are special, but inspirational mum Deirdre Roche Doherty stands out as one in a million … or even several billion! Deirdre from Graignamanagh is believed to be the only woman in the world to carry a successful pregnancy after undergoing a heart, double lung and kidney transplant. And it... Read More

Provinces set for Heineken Cup battle

Carlow Nationalist2 weeks ago

Provinces set for Heineken Cup battle

By Brian O’Mahony This weekend sees the much-anticipated return of the Heineken Cup with three of the four Irish provinces set to battle it out for a place in this year’s semi finals. Munster V Toulouse Thomond Park will host an epic battle between Munster and Toulouse. In their four previous... Read More

Philo’s old high nelly to be lovingly restored

Carlow Nationalist2 weeks ago

Philo’s old high nelly to be lovingly restored

A HIGH Nellie bike once used by Irish rock icon Phil Lynott is being lovingly restored by a group of Carlovians, who are hoping to auction it to raise funds for a local cancer support group. Philomena Lynott found her much-loved 1930s bicycle rusting away in the garden shed and decided to put it to... Read More

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17 jobs go at cash and carry

A BUSY cash and carry has had to close its doors to the public because of planning issues, but it will continue to service its commercial customers. Swans Wholesale, also known as Cash and Carry Direct, has been open to the public at Kernanstown Industrial Estate for several years. However, a clash... Read More