All posts by Christine Tubbritt

Birthday Boy, Great Achievement and Recent Deaths

Birthday Boy

We send many congratulations and best wishes to Alex Foley, Ballyduff who recently celebrated his 21st birthday. Although celebrations cannot be as we would probably like them I have no doubt that Alex celebrated with his parents Sherlock and Eleanor, sister Kate and brother Conor. We wish Alex many more happy birthdays.


Great Achievement

Congratulations to Keith Millea, Newtown who recently received the news that he has been chosen to be part of the Waterford County Football panel. This is a great achievement for Keith and a just reward for his hard work and dedication. We wish Keith the very best and look forward to following his progress.


Recent Deaths
We extend our deepest sympathy to Eugene and Siobhan Power and all the Power family on the recent death of Eugene’s sister Aileen . She was a resident of Lacopple House in Fethard and her funeral mass took place in The Sacred Heart church in Killusty with burial in the adjoining cemetery. We pray that she rests in peace.
We also send our sympathies to Peggy O Shea, Ballyduff Hill and Nancy O Sullivan, Matthews Cross on the recent death of their cousin. Patrick (Patsy) Power lived in Piltown and is survived by his loving wife Peggy, his son Fergal, grandsons Zach and Max and his grandaughter Sarah and great grandaughter Ellie and his sister Mabel. Patsy’s funeral mass took place in Piltown church followed by burial in Ballyduff. We pray now that Patsys gentle soul rests in peace.


Fundraising Success
Waterford Fly Fishers are not just all about fishing, they also do a lot of brilliant work for charity. Following recent fundraising events the group were finally able to hand over a fantastic amount of €2,575. Willie Hanrahan chairman of WCCTAA presented the cheque to representatives of the Waterford/Kilkenny branch of Down Syndrome Ireland. This money will be extremely beneficial to the group and is very much appreciated.

 


Birthday Girl

Although I run the risk of never being spoken to again I would like to send happy birthday wishes to my own daughter Ava who turned 18 recently. I know she would have liked to celebrate in style but I’m sure she will make up for it. We still enjoyed a lovely weekend and the birthday girl was happy.

Silver Couple, Birthday Girls and Amazing Achievement

Silver Couple
We send warmest congratulations to local couple Sean and Jackie O Brien, Lahardan who recently celebrated 25 years of wedded bliss. The couple celebrated their special occasion together with a couple of days away where I am sure Sean treated his beautiful bride to some fine wine and dining. I have no doubt in the world that this popular couple will share many more happy years together.

 


Birthday Girls
The very popular Mary Power of Adamstown was the lady of the moment recently as she celebrated her 50th birthday. It’s very hard to believe that this young lady is 50 years old as she looks and acts more like a 21 year old. I know that Mary really enjoyed her day and the days after it I might add, knowing Mary she will pull a good year out of this one. I’m sure Mary was spoiled rotten by husband Jimmy, her daughter Rachael and her son Gavin. We wish Mary many more happy and healthy years and many more happy birthdays.
Also celebrating her 50th birthday this week was my own sister Theresa. We celebrated together as a family from a social distance of course and she was treated to a nice relaxing weekend by daughter Freya and son Eli. I can’t believe I now have three siblings in their fifties so I guess my brother Neil and I will have to keep up the youthful side of the family. We look forward to celebrating many more happy birthdays with Theresa.


Church News
A reminder that mass bookings for October, November and December are now being taken so if you would like to book an anniversary mass for your loved ones during these months please contact Linda Spillane on 087-9838392. Due to Covid restrictions we are unable to share masses at this time but don’t worry there are plenty of masses to choose from.


Ballyduff AFC.
As usual there is lots of activity at Ballyduff AFC grounds with lots of different age levels for boys and girls so if youi are interested please contact secretary Joanne King and she can steer you to where you need to be. At present the club are on the lookout for a ce worker to assist in the maintenance at their grounds. If you are on a CE scheme and are interested in this position please contact Paddy Kirk on 087 2764883 or CE Supervisor John Supple on 086 2330810

 


Ballyduff GAA

Due to the Covid restrictions our coaches are not allowed make their usual visits to our national school but they have come up with another plan. In partnership with Deise Og and Ballyduff NS they are providing some after school training in their pitch. The boys and girls from 1st, 2nd and 3rd classes can enjoy some great fun on Wednesdays from 3.15pm to 4.25pm. A big thank you to Dermot and Alan who represented the club along with John and Paudie from Deise Og.
A big thank you to Gerard Barron from Furniture by Penn for his generous sponsorship of all the training equipment for the clubs ladies group which takes place on Friday evenings. Without the generous support of local businesses the club would be lost so please support these businesses as much as you can.
The U10 footballers had two great wins over Erins Own and Portlaw recently with some lovely scores and defensive play. Great thanks must go to the coaches who put in such hard work and also to the parents who provide such brilliant support.
The U13 footballers put on a great display against Ballinacourty with a final scoreline of 3-8 to 3-6. This was a rip roaring game.
The U10 hurlers gave a superb performance against Na Gael in Dunhill. Na Gael fought hard but there was no stopping the Ballyduff boys who must be congratulated on a brilliant performance.
The clubs Lgfa girls are going from strength to strength with great fun being had by the U8 and U10 groups in Kildermody recently at their Lgfa blitz. A big thank you to older members Anna, Alana, Roisin, Kate and Grace for taking the role of referee. Great to see such a great interest in the sport
We will be cheering on our U16 ladies in spirit only unfortunately on October 4th as they hope to bring home another County Final win.
The club would like to thank Ronan Dunphy from the adult section of the club who came along to the field on Saturday morning to meet the young people of the club and impart some of his knowledge on them. Thank you to Sean for organising this which is a wonderful way for the young people to see the progression within the club and see that hard work and practice is very worth while. These visits will continue over the year and we thank the lads for giving up their free time to visit

 


Amazing Achievement

We send congratulations to local lady Maria Smith and all her staff at Aura Skin and Laser clinic who recently received a Client Experience Award in the Phorest Salon Software Awards. This is actually their 5th year winning this award which places them in an elite group of businesses. This is a wonderful boost for any business at any time but especially during this particularly challenging year. I’m sure they will celebrate their achievement as best as they can and we wish Maria and her staff continued success

Engagement Joy, Church News and County Champions

Engagement Joy
Warmest congratulations to local lady Aoife Kearns, Tigroe who said “yes” to her Prince Charming Mark Scannell as he popped the question. I am not sure if Mark rode in on a white horse, I think a nice shiny something on four wheels would be more up his street. We wish the happy couple every best wish as they plan their future lives together. I have no doubt that the couples two little Princess’s Erina and Cara will have plenty of suggestions for them.

 


Anniversary Celebrations
Some more loved up couples in our area have been celebrating their wedding anniversaries recently. Our local friendly Postman Denis O Donoghue celebrated 38 years of wedded bliss with his lovely wife Martina. We hope they both enjoyed a lovely day together.
Ardeenlone couple Don and Sharon Flynn celebrated 25 years of a beautiful marriage. This couple were definetly born to be together and I have no doubt that another 25 years of love and happiness are on the way. Out in front though are Ballygarron couple Tom and May McGrath who recently celebrated 57 years of a wonderful marriage. This very popular couple are still very much in love and it is rare to ever see one of them without the other. We wish them both every happiness for the future.

 


Church News
We will now begin to take some bookings for anniversary masses during the months of November and December. Masses can not be shared due to Covid restrictions. If you would like to book a mass for a loved one please contact Linda Spillane on 087-9838392 or spillanelinda2017@ gmail.com

 


Recent Death

We extend our deepest sympathy to the Robinson and Stephenson famllies on the recent death of Ann Robinson(nee Stephenson). Ann lived in Faithlegg but was a native of Greenhill House Kilmeaden. Anns’ funeral mass took place in Ballyduff followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. We send our deepest sympathy to all of her family and friends.

 


Ballyduff AFC

Ballyduff AFC are not only busy with matches and training in every division but they most also keep up the business of fundraising. One of their initiatives proved very popular last time round so they are going to roll it out again. Clearing out those closets and wardrobes can be very beneficial but where do you drop your unwanted clothes items too. For your convieniance you can drop them to Ballyduff AFC grounds for their fundraising clothes collection. Drop them off during the week from Monday to Friday from 6pm to 9pm or on a Saturday or Sunday from 11am to 5pm. Please drop them to the dressing room and obey all the guidelines.


Ballyduff GAA

Our club have been kept busy with many games at all levels. A big thank you to Brian Hearne who sends me on information each week. The U12 footballers had a very convincing win over John Mitchells on home turf. This bunch are doing really well and always give 100%. Our minors were in hard luck against Clan Na Gael but battled right to the very end and were missing 3 of their starters which was a pity. The U9’s battled to show great character against St. Saviours. It was great to see them enjoy the game so much and a big thank you to all the parents for the encouragement. Our U7 footballers had great fun at a football blitz in Rathgormack and the group were described as tenacious which is indeed a compliment. We were in hard luck in the Intermediate football to draw with Tramore but failed to qualify for the semi finals. A big thank to this team and their coaches for such a great effort all year and for the entertainment .The U11 division one footballers had a good win over Tramore in a game that was great to watch with end to end football. They played like a real team and the standard was excellent..With great defending and some lovely scores, they are really holding their own in the premier division and the future looks bright. The club are very proud of the U12 Lgfa girls who returned home from Ballysaggart as County Champion. This was a super achievement and a big congratulations to all the team, coaches and parents for being so supportive. The club would like to thank Fiona for all the photos and match updates on the day. The girls keep going as the U 16 Lgfa girls came out on top in an epic battle with Tramore. In an open free flowing game they were down 4-06 to 4-03 at half time. With just 5 minutes to go Tramore were 8-08 up to 5-07 but the girls finished like a well oiled machine and found the net 3 times to finally win by 2 points .The County Final is fixed for October and the club wishes them the best. The ladies group is going from strength to strength with lots of exercise and plenty of fun. They now meet in the field at the new time of 8pm every Friday night and if you are interested just drop along and chat to the girls.. A big thank you to the three coaches Jack, Dermot and Fiona who guested and gave great advice. Unfortunately Waterford is in the top 5 for cases of Covid in the past two weeks. As a club everyone must work together to keep our efforts up and abide the regulations. We ask you to follow health guidelines, complete return to play before each session/match and keep each other safe.


County Champions

I had the absolute pleasure this week of transporting two County Champions to school, actually I also got to bring the twinning plaque to school also .The young ladies of our U12 Lgfa team brought great excitement and pride to our area last week as we awaited news of their County Final meeting with Balysaggart.. This was a thrilling game from start to finish with a final score of Ballyduff 3-07 to Ballysaggart 1-9. What a fantastic achievement by these young ladies and we are all very proud of them. I have the pleasure also of playing a small little part in 2 of these young ladies lives and I got a very detailed report on the game and celebrations. The best part of all this for me listening to Makayla and Sarah was the delight and excitement in both their faces as they relived every kick of the ball and every score won. This shows what pride and dedication they have in their sport. After the game they were treated to a McDonalds and then it was off for a drive around both Kilmeaden and Portlaw for the traditional honking of horns and waving of flags. I am so proud of these girls and urge you all to get those flags out for our U16 girls who now face into their County Final .

Community Reassurance, Climb Onboard and Local Success

Recent Death

We extend our deepest sympathy to Jay Dowdall Tigroe on the recent death of his mother. Philo Dowdall nee Shanahan was a resident of Scrahan Kilmacthomas. She is predeceased by her husband Frank. She will be deeply missed by her sons Gerard and Jay and daughter Esme, her grandchildren, great grandchildren and all her relatives and friends. The funeral mass was celebrated in All Saints Church, Newtown followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. May her gentle soul rest in peace.


Anniversary Couple

We send warm wishes and congratulations to local couple Derek and Fiona Laffan, Ballyduff who recently celebrated their 26th wedding anniversary. I’m sure this lovely couple celebrated their special day with their children Ciara, Danny and Shane. I have no doubt that Derek treated his wife to a nice romantic drive or perhaps there was a bicycle made for two thrown into the mix. We wish them both every happiness for the future and many more years of wedded bliss.

 


Community Reassurance.
Our local garda would like to reassure us all that they are always available to offer assistance and support during this Covid 19 pandemic. You can contact Tramore Garda on 051 391620.
Our friends in the Garda station in Kilmacthomas would like to let you know that the station will now open to the public from 4pm to 6pm Monday to Saturday

 


Climb Onboard
It is wonderful to see so many people availing of the lovely amenities in our area. One of these of course is the Waterford Suir Valley Railway. They will continue to operate 5 trips per day until November 1st. The train departs from the station in Kilmeaden on the hour from 11am to 3pm. You can book your private compartment on https://www.wsvrailway.ie/book-tickets/ Climb onboard and enjoy your trip taking in some of the most beautiful scenery in the county.

 


Local Success
I was delighted to read a very interesting article recently put together by RTE’s Fiona Alston. In her boost my business column she looks at how companies are affected by Covid 19 and what they are trying to do to return to normality. Featuring in the article was the great family run business Furniture by Penn. This business has stood the test of time from 1973 and has seen many changes over the years. At the helm is Gerard Barron and his wife Aileen and together they worked hard to keep this business improving and have met every challenge they have been faced with. Gerard whose late father started the business is very proud of the fact that all materials are sourced locally therefore supporting those around him.
The company specialise in making bespoke furniture for both homes and businesses. With this company you get the full package from design, manufacture and full installation service. When Covid 19 forced them to close down in March. They started an e-commerce offering and took to social media to let us all know they were still in production. They also started to design and develop some freestanding furniture. The company look forward to the future and we all wish them many more years of success and more importantly enjoyment in their place of work.

 


Ballyduff AFC
The 11th Terry Butler Cup game was played recently and I am delighted to report that Ballyduff regained the cup in a very entertaining game . The roll call is now 6-5 in our favour and the club would like to say a big thank you to the Portlaw club who come to take part each year and make it one of the highlights of the club year. A big thank you also to the Butler family who always make themselves available for the game and presentation of the cup. Terrys legacy lives on in the club and the dedication and commitment he gave will never be forgotten.
A big thank you to Damien and Majella Hennessy in Gala Kilmeaden who presented the Division 4 team with a set of new tops for the new season. It is wonderful to see local businesses supporting clubs and groups and we ask you to show your support to these businesses.

Anniversary Couple, School Time and Youth Drama

Anniversary Couple

We send warmest congratulations to local couple Patsy and Jacqui O Brien of Amberhill who recently celebrated their 31st wedding anniversary. I have no doubt that this happy couple celebrated their special day and that they look forward to many more special days to come. We wish them both many more years of good health and wedded bliss.

 


School Time
Huge congratulations to all the young people of our parish who returned to school in the past week or so. They have certainly returned to school during uncertain and unusual times and so I ask that both pupils and teachers are patient and respectful towards each other. This pandemic was not foreseen and so nobody has all the answers. We are all learning as we go along and so it is important that we all work together.
I have met some of the new Junior Infants in Ballyduff NS who told me that big school is great fun and awesome. I have also met some of the young men and women who have headed off to secondary school for the first time and although they admitted to being nervous they were also looking forward to getting started with their new subjects and school activities. Would you believe that I also spoke to some primary and secondary teachers who also said they were nervous about returning to school and their first thought was about keeping everyone safe. We wish everyone a very safe, happy and healthy year ahead.

 


Youth Drama

I met Helen Millea during the week and she wanted me to let you know that Ballyduff Youth Drama are keen and eager to return to rehearsals and to the stage. They are keeping an eager eye on the covid 19 restrictions and the changing or lifting of restrictions and hopefully an increase of numbers attending indoor events and activities. Once this happens they are ready and willing to get going and look forward to welcoming everyone back.
The Drama Group have treated us to many colourful, cheerful and funny performances over the years and Helen tells me that another great show awaits. If you would like any further information you can contact Helen Millea on 087 6493657.


GAA News
Hard luck to our intermediate hurlers who played their hearts out in the County Final but unfortunately it wasn’t their day. They really lifted the spirits of the community and that was really needed. The club and community are very proud of our Eastern Champions and look forward to next years battle.
Another County Final awaits us as the U12 LGFA girls get ready to take on Ballysaggart. This is a super achievement by these girls who are playing really well as a team and great credit must go to them and their coaches.
In our underage section all teams have been performing well with the minors winning their county final and all other teams competing right up to the end of their groups. The future is certainly looking bright for the club and the club would like to acknowledge the hard work which is being put in by all players, coaches and parents as matches came fast and hard in this condensed season.
The underage teams in our LGFA have been excelling in their various age groups so far and we await the outcome of some matches to see where they end up. It is wonderful to see all these underage teams enjoying their sport and learning new skills.

 


Birthday Girl

We send warmest congratulations and best wishes to Portlaw lady Joan Hallissey who recently celebrated her 101st birthday. Joan is now a resident in Mooncoin Nursing Home but I know that she keeps herself up to date with all the local happenings. We wish Joan continued good health and happiness.


Ballyduff AFC

Ballyduff AFC are on the lookout for some new players for their U16/18 girls teams. If you are interested please contact Benny on 086 6043022 or Joanne on 086-1568124.


Notes

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Back to School, Golden Days and Big Occasions

Back To School
After an extended Summer holiday it is finally time for all our young people to return to school. Although it will be a completely different experience we hope that they will enjoy every minute. I’m not sure if many of them will admit it but I have a sneaky suspicion that the majority of them are looking forward to going back and feel somewhat normal. We wish them all a safe return and also to all the teachers and staff. Please follow all the guidelines given to you.

 


Golden Days
We send warm wishes and congratulations to our near neighbours Michael and Mary Monaghan in Slievroe Butlerstown who recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Special wishes come your way from all your family and friends around the Kilmeaden area. We wish you many more years of health and happiness.

 


Big Occasions
Many congratulations to all the young boys and girls from 2nd class in Ballyduff NS who recently made their First Holy Communion and also the young men and women from 5th and 6th classes who received the Sacrament of Confirmation. Unfortunately plans had to be changed but I have no doubt that each of them enjoyed a wonderful day and were made to feel very special by their family and friends.

 


Ballyduff GAA
Ballyduff GAA are certainly enjoying plenty of success in recent times and as I am writing these notes all thoughts and talk is of Sunday and our meeting with Ballyduff Upper. Hopefully next weeks notes will speak of great triumph.

 


Church News
It is lovely to see so many people visiting the church and masses again. We are taking some anniversary mass bookings so if you would like to book a mass for a loved one please contact myself Linda Spillane on 087-9838392 and I will look after you as best I can.

Author Success, Munster Champion and Waterford Suir Valley

GAA News

The club would like to reassure all its’ members and their families that in these worrying times of Covid 19 they remain vigilant in their responsibilities. They ask you to work with them by following all the guidelines and listen to our club officials. By working together we can keep our facilities safe and open to as many people as possible.

It is great to see all the different grades and teams so busy at the moment. Many games are being played with great successes recorded. A big well done to all in the Juvenile section and the Lgfa section. The club are delighted to see so many members enjoying sporting activities during these strange times.

Our Juniors played some lovely hurling and were very unlucky to bow out of the championship. The Intermediates have been going from strength to strength and await their meeting with Dunhill in the Eastern Final.Hopefully by the time you are reading this we will have some good news.

The club have recently started a new initiative for the ladies in our community. Drop along to Tom Cheasty Park on Friday evenings at 7.30pm and join in this non competitive fun. The feedback from the ladies who have already been is very positive and word on the street is that is good for body and soul. To join in you just need to become a non playing member for a €25 yearly membership.


Author Success

We are certainly very talented in our area and I am delighted to let you know about other published author in our midst. Mr. James Dunphy of Carrickphilip has launched his book “The Emigrant”. At a cost of just €15 the book is available from local shops and I’m sure that the guys in The Sweep could sort a copy for you too. We wish James very best of luck with his publication and look forward to a read.


Munster Champion

We send our warmest congratulations to local man Scott Searson from Gotaclode who was recently part of the Villa team who were crowned Munster Youth Cup Champions. Goalie Scott has been having an excellent season and this was certainly a well deserved crown . I know that mam and dad Shay and Edel and sister Amber are very proud indeed but that bright light you see high in the skies that is the smiling beam of the great Jimmy Searson so proud of his grandson.


Waterford Suir Valley

It is lovely to see so many people enjoying the beauty of our area as they take a spin on our train in Kilmeaden taking in the beauty of the area we live in. Refreshments can be enjoyed in the Whistlestop cafe on your return. Tickets need to be prebooked and one can do so by phoning 051-384058.

Church News, Ballyduff GAA and Ballyduff AFC

Church News

We are now beginning to take bookings for anniversary masses again. Masses cannot be shared but there are plenty of dates to choose from. We will take bookings up to the end of October and then see how things are. The following masses are available for booking each week

Thursdays at 7.30pm

Saturday at 10am

Saturday at 7.30pm

Sunday at 9.30am

If you would like to book a mass please contact Linda Spillane on 087 9838392.
Please note that signed mass cards are available in the sacristy for €10. If you would like to purchase one please see Ann in the sacristy before or after any of the masses.


Ballyduff AFC

The club were disappointed that the season came to such an abrupt end and there was uncertainity over the new season beginning but things are returning gradually. The biggest disappointment for the club was the cancellation of their mini world cup which has been running for 40 years. The club is going from strength to strength with a record number of teams entered in the schoolboy/girls/Junior football and we all wish these teams the very best of luck.

Ballyduff will take part in the Division 2A section of the league and a special mention must go to ex Youths player Michael Hearne who is Manager of Division 4.

Ballyduff have always had the dedication and committment of great volunteers and committee behind them and we have no doubt that the present committee will lead the club towards their 50th year milestone with ease.


Ballyduff GAA

The ladies and gentlemen of Ballyduff GAA club are doing really well at the moment. Every report I read on matches show Ballyduff really putting their best foot forward and from academy upwards great wins are being recorded. More importantly great fun is being had and the importance of training and teamwork is being learnt from a young age. If you are interested in joining the club as a player or volunteer take a look at their very informative Facebook page there is surely a place for everyone and for everyone a place.


Recent Death

We extend our deepest sympathy to the Murphy family, Ballyvalican on the recent death of their mother Peggy.

Peggy was formerly Peggy Hahessy of Killballyquilty, Rathgormack and was in her 94th year. She is survived by her children Tomas, Bill, John, Walter, Gerard, Mary and Anne. She will be sadly missed by all her family who were blessed for many years to have her advice and chat. We pray that she now rests in peace and that her family will draw comfort from their many memories.

 


Notes

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Gentle Mother, Holy Communion and Anniversary Masses

Gentle Mother
We are all so deeply sorry to hear of the death of Bridie Power of Adamstown. Bridie was a very well known and popular resident of our area not well known as in someone who made headlines or had millions of followers on Twitter. She was well known for all the right reasons, for being a wonderful mother, a woman of strength, courage and resiliance.

One of the things I think of when I think of Bridie is that wonderful smile always so welcoming and always ready for a laugh and a chat. She had a wide variety of interests which included watching sports, bingo, music and dancing. Her radio was very important to her and she loved to listen to the Johnny Barry and John O Shea shows. She was also a great fan of the television and she was the controller of the remote in the house. She especially liked programmes about antiques and of course loved all the quiz shows. I have been told by many people that if there was a bus trip leaving from Kilmeaden you could be sure that Bridie was on it along with her great friend Nellie Walsh from Portlaw.

She was also a woman of great faith and travelled to Lourdes many times. She welcomed Fr. Mick every First Friday of the month as he brought her Holy Communion and I know she would have been very impressed with the beautiful and spiritual ceremony Fr. O Halloran offered at her funeral mass.

Although she had many interests the most important aspect of her life was her family. She raised her sons and daughters to be caring and respectful and also passed on her wonderful traits to her grandchildren and her great grandchildren. She unfortunately faced great saddness in her life following the deaths of her husband John Joe and son Michael, but with strength and courage and great faith she got on with life and raising her family. Bridies wish was always to be at home in our own house and her family made sure that her wish was fulfilled. In a lovely tribute her family thanked in a special way their sister June who gave her mother such fantastic care over the years. Bridies family can be very proud and hopefully draw great comfort from the fact that Bridie died at home in her own home, surrounded by her loving family and in the great faith that she was simply returning home to her God. May her sweet gentle soul now rest in peace and may the wonderful memories she left behind bring her loved ones peace and comfort in the coming months.

 


AGM

A reminder to you all that the AGM of Ballyduff Community Centre will take place on Tuesday August 11th at 8pm in the community centre. All are welcome.


Holy Communion

We send our warmest wishes to the boys and girls of 2nd class in Ballyduff NS who will make their Holy Communion in Ballyduff church on Friday August 14th. These young people have waited a long time for their big day and we hope that it is filled with sunshine and happiness.


Anniversary Masses
The booking of weekend anniversary masses will now begin again with priority given to Months Minds and First Anniversaries. The restrictions imposed by Covid 19 will still be in place and we ask all attendees to follow the guidelines given.

Bookings will be taken for the remainder of August and the months of September and October and each week the following masses are available to be booked:

Thursdays@7.30pm

Saturdays@10am

Saturdays@7.30pm

Sunday@10am

If you would like to book a mass then please contact Linda Spillane on 087-9838392 and she will look after you. As I’m sure you can understand masses cannot be shared due to number restrictions. If you had an anniversary during the closure of the church and would like to book a mass now you are welcome to do so.


Mass Cards

If you require a mass card they are now available in the sacristy at a price of €10 each. Please see our sacristan Ann and she will arrange it for you.


Popular Month

The month of August has always been a popular month for weddings and I heard of a few local couples who were celebrating theirs. Eoin and Eleanor Leane celebrated their 21st anniversary and I’m sure they celebrated with their lovely family. My own sister Mary and her husband Eamonn O Leary celebrated their 31st anniversary with their daughters Jessica and Amy. Blacknock couple Michael and Marian Murray clocked up 33 years of marriage this week also. Out in front though ahead of them all were Newtown couple Pat and Mary Kenny who celebrated 40 years of wedded bliss. This Waterford/Kilkenny union has stuck the test of time and I’m sure they enjoyed the celebrations with their children and grandchildren.


GAA News
Our local GAA club have been looking at new ways to give back to their community and help relieve the stresses of life. They have come up with the idea of a fun group for the ladies of the area. They intend on the group meeting once a week to have a bit of fun and play a non competitive sport such as rounders, tag rugby, football etc. To participate you need to be a member of the club which is just €25 for the year. You can pay this on the Clubforce app or you can get a form from the club. To express your interest or any other questions please contact Brian on 087-2486423

Ballyduff AFC, GAA News and Church News

Ballyduff AFC

Ballyduff AFC recently held their AGM and Chairman Paddy Kirk announced that would be stepping down from his Chairman duties but intended to remain very much involved in the club. I was delighted that Paddy allowed me to write an article about him you can find this piece within the paper this week hopefully. Jason King was voted in as Chairman with Eoin Leane taking the Vice Chairpersons position. Joanne King takes the position of Secretary and we hope she doesnt get too much hassle from the Chairman. Aedin Foran takes the job as Treasurer. We wish the committee the very best and urge you all to continue to support your local clubs.

The clubs FAI Summer camp was a huge success and the good weather was very welcome. The coaches were a big hit with all taking part and the club extend a big thank you to helpers Shane, Jack, Ben, Cian and Hannah who were excellent. A big thank you also to FAI coach Gary Power for all his support.


GAA News
It is wonderful to see games going ahead again and well done to all attending matches and training sessions for adhereing to all the Covid 19 restrictions.

The club will recommence their club lotto and hope that everyone will support their fundraising efforts. Tickets will be on sale at Centra but you can also play from the comfort of your own home by downloading the Clubforce app . This is the clubs only fundraising facility at the moment so please support if possible.


Church News

Weekend masses continue with strict Covid 19 restrictions in place and well done to all who are helping out with this. There are two masses on Saturdays at 10am and 7.30pm and on Sunday mornings at 9.30am. There are still no bookings of anniversary masses being taken but once we get back to normal I will let you know about bookings through these notes .