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.



Don’t forget if you have something that you would like me to let people know about through these notes then you can call or text me on 087-9838392 or drop me an email on or like I have said before stop me for a chat I promise to keep my distance.

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.



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:





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 .