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 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.