The numbers drawn in the latest lotto draw were 3, 19, 20 and 27. There was no winner of the jackpot but the three lucky dip winners of €50 each were Rose, Susan and Kathleen O Toole, Renee Power and Michael Power. The next draw will take place on July 28th and there will be a fantastic jackpot of €12,500 up for grabs.
Tickets cost just €2 each or three for €5 and are on sale from all committee members and will also be on sale at Centra on Saturday July 27th. Choose those four lucky numbers carefully and you could be planning your shopping spree.
Newcastle Graveyard Mass
The annual graveyard mass at Newcastle cemetery takes place on Wednesday July 24th at 7.30pm. This is a wonderful opportunity for us all to remember our ancestors and pray for all those buried in the graveyard, some of them in unmarked graves. Of course our ancestors would have always walked to mass so in their memory a faith walk will leave Ballyduff church at 6.30pm and make its way to Newcastle cemetery for the 7.30pm mass.
On Saturday August 10th Fairbrook House will host their yearly concert in the garden or in the museum in case of rain. The organisers are delighted to welcome international performing cellist,singer and composer Vincent de Lange. Based in Amsterdam he will perform a selection of music from Neapolitan songs, parts of Bach suites, some of his own compositions and two Irish songs, accompanying himself on cello.
During the interval you are invited to enjoy a stroll in the garden, a view in the museum and some bubbles and nibbles.
The second half of the show will see Lithuanian/Israeli singer Raimonda Masiulyte perform a wonderful blend of music that transcends the boundaries of Jazz, Soul and Gospel. Now based in Dublin her voice enchants and has taken her all over the world. Accompanying her on guitar will be Hugh Buckley.
There will be two chances on the day for you to enjoy this concert, the first from 1pm to 3pm and the second from 5pm to 7pm. For more information please call 051-384657 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.fairbrook-house.com
The U10’s put in a great performance in the league as they defeated Ferrybank 5-2 to 1-2. There were some superb performances and a big thanks to all their coaches for the time they put in.
The U16 County Football panel saw some great club men taking part in the Munster Tournament. A big well done to Cian Bolger, Aaron Cheasty, Devin Keogh and Keith Millea who are a credit to their parents and their coaches.
A great morning of fun was had by the boys and girls from the academy section as they welcomed Kilmacow for a blitz. It is amazing to see the way this young group are developing their skills every week. A big thank you to all who provided the wonderful selection of cakes and refreshments.
Our Junior Footballers had two impressive wins last week beating St. Mollerans 4-14 to 3-9 and Dunhill 5-5 to 1-7. This team are looking good for the final stages and hopefully they will bring home some more silverware.
How wonderful to see almost 90 children in Kildermody last week enjoying the annual Cul Camp. What a wonderful experience for them all to enjoy the freedom to run around having fun with their friends, making new friends and learning the skills of the games. I must say I have been dropping and collecting two little friends of mine from it and they are full of praise and compliments and had an absolute ball everyday. I have to say also that the gear and bags that they received looked brilliant.
Quiz Time Beckons!
I have met many of you during the week who are busy getting ready for the Quiz Night which is fast approaching. Of course some of you didn’t even see me because you had your heads stuck in a book. The Juvenile section of our local GAA club will host this quiz in the hope of raising some money to purchase some equipment. The Sweep Bar and Restaurant is the venue on Friday July 26th with a start time of 8pm. A team of four will cost €20 and there will be prizes on the night and of course the customary raffle. Quizmaster will be Gavin Whelan and this promises to be a brilliant night for club and community.
Halley On Fire
I’m sure as you are out and about you will have often met Ballyshunnock man Eamon Halley out cycling. Mind you if you did happen to blink as he was approaching you probably hadn’t a hope of seeing him.
As well as being a proud member of the Portlaw Village Wheelers Cycling Club, he is also a member of the Waterford Racing Club. Last week he headed off to Golden for the Willie Slattery Memorial series of races hosted by Tipp Wheelers. I am delighted to report back that Eamonn had a great race and returned home in 4th position. A big well done to Eamonn who puts a lot of work into his training. We wish him continued success.
A True Character
We were all saddened this week to hear of the death of Arthur Curry Snr, Ballyduff. Arthur was definetely a character and a half never afraid to speak his mind and always ready with a story to tell. Hailing from Liverpool he was always proud of his roots. However once coming to Ireland and meeting the love of his life Cait there was no going back for him and it was here in Ballyduff that they would make their home and raise their children Arthur and Elizabeth and in later years enjoy the company of grandchildren Jordan, Emily and Ali.
Arthur spent his working life as an electrician and spent many years working in Kilmeaden Cheese Factory which of course was a great employer here for many years. Arthur when in good health loved to socialise with friends and enjoyed nothing better than a good pint and a chat.
Arthur of course is predeceased by his wonderful wife Cait and we hope that the family will draw comfort from knowing that the two will now be reunited once again. We pray that they both now rest in peace where pain and suffering is no more and they will enjoy the peace and comfort of heaven.
Memorial Fun Run/Walk
The annual Liz(Eilis) Hayes Memorial Fun Run/Walk is now getting close and the training is stepping up. On Friday August 9th the walkers will leave Ballyduff Village at 6.45pm while the runners will take off at 7.30pm. Entry is €10 and €5 for the walkers. All money raised will go to Ballyduff Community Centre Redevelopment fund and Focus Ireland. Timings will be kindly taken care of by the West Waterord Athletic Club and refreshments will be served after the race in the community centre. Prizegiving will also take place in the community centre with lots of prizes up for grabs. This is always a wonderful community event in memory of a lady who not only was a great athlete herself but also a true community spirited person who always put others needs in front of her own. Come along and join in the fun.
All Ireland Final
A reminder that Waterfords U16 lady footballers will take on Longford in the All Ireland final on Wednesday July 24th at 7pm in St. Brendans Park, Birr, Co. Offaly. We wish the very best of luck to all the girls, their coaches and background team with a special mention to their mentor Fiona Crotty Laffan. We will be cheering you all on