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 .