Dr. Martin Centre, Ballyduff GAA and Recent Deaths

Dr. Martin Centre
I received a message from the wonderful people in the Dr. Martin Day Centre in Portlaw and they would like to remind people that their services are not just for those living in the area. The centre remains open 3 days of the week but unfortunately due to Covid 19 restrictions they are unwelcome members into their building. However they would like you all to know that they are always available to offer help and support you in any way that they can and can be contacted by phone on 087-4611309. They encourage you to call if you need help and support or indeed if you are feeling lonely and just need someone to talk to. They can deliver a hot dinner to you or collect a prescription or some shopping, They are now able to deliver outside Portlaw so wherever you live help is available.
All computer classes will continue on Wednesday starting at 9.15am with Mary Curtis showing how to use the internet, how to email and the use of the smart phone. They are happy also to arrange the Emergency Response system(panic button) for you in your home. This is for anyone living alone or with health concerns. There is an excellent offer at the moment through Pobal where the first year monitoring is free and after that it is €66 per year. There is always help available at the centre so please call if you need it. A hot dinner can be delivered each day for just €7.50 but you need to ring in your order each day before 10.30am on 051 387111 or 087 4611309.
Are you interested in becoming a friend of the centre as a volunteer, if so please ring Alice Kiersey on the numbers above.

Ballyduff GAA
Our local club are looking for help from us as their local community as they strive to achieve access for all at their grounds. The club need to build a new accessible toilet unit with a baby changing area to ensure that all members of the community and visitors to the club of any age and ability can partake in excercise and utilise the facilities the club has to offer. They wish to devleop the grounds so all can share. They have opened a Go Fund me page which can be accessed through their Facebook page or indeed any committee member will help you.

A big thank you to Waterford Coaching & Co games Deise Og and especially John and Paudie for their time in coaching at the after school project over the last few weeks. It was great to see around 30 children in the field enjoying the excercise and having fun. This was a super initiative and the club were delighted to be involved. A big thank you also to all at Ballyduff NS for all their support.

The academy section of the club is really going from strength to strength with around 55 girls and boys last Saturday in the fields. Excercise and laughter under the blue skies sure what else could you ask for. The club are very grateful to all the coaches for helping out and are delighted to welcome some new faces. The Juvenile section of the club are embarking on a Winter training schedule as the season was very short this year and they have identified the need for children to participate in excercise for the good of their mental health. The days and times have been constructed so that they do not interfere in other activities children may have an interest in. The U10/11 is on Tuesdays from 6.15pm to 7.30pm, Wednesdays from 3.15pm to 4.15pm it’s the turn of the U7/8/9 and Saturdays from 10am to 11am it’s the academy section.

The club would like to express their sincere sympathy to their Juvenile Secretary Isabel O Neill on the recent death of her niece Lily May O Dwyer. Their thoughts are with both the Power and O Dwyer families.

Last Sunday evening was a very important and exciting evening for the U12 and U16 LGFA ladies. A social distancing presentation evening was held on line for these wonderful ladies who brought the County Champions title back to the club. A big thank you to RTE’s Marty Morrissey,Kevin McStay, Kerrys Colm Cooper, the 2 Johnnies and American comedian Josh Pray for giving their time to congratulate the girls. They were also joined on line by Mayo and Australian Rules footballer Cora Stauton, Dublins Siobhan Woods and Rebecca McDonnell, Waterfords Michelle Ryan, Aileen Wall, Rosie Landers, Chloe Fennell and Corks Briege Corkery for an on line panel.

The most important people on the night though were the young ladies from the LGFA section of the club who brought great pride to their club. I must say that I know a lot of these young ladies and their passion and dedication to their sport is addictive. I personally know that a lot of work and time went into giving these girls the recognition they richly deserve and a lady who will not mention her own name in any of these reports is our own Fiona Crotty Laffan. I know she had help from other individuals but Fiona gave a lot of time and work to making sure these girls had a presentation night to remember despite the restrictions of Covid 19. As an All Ireland winning footballer herself she knows all about dedication, committment but most of all she knows what its like to have real passion for a sport and so there can be no better example for these girls than the lady herself.

Recent Deaths
We extend our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Tommy Lucas Adamstown who died recently. His funeral mass and burial took place in Butlerstown. We pray that this lovely quiet unassuming gentleman now rests in peace.
We also express our sympathy to local lady Sharon Flynn, Ardeenlone on the recent death of her father John Toms. John was a resident of Claremont, Cork Road and his funeral mass took place in St. Pauls church followed by burial in Butlerstown. Our deepest sympathy to Sharon and all her family.
Our heartfelt sympathy goes to Eugene and Siobhan Power, Ballyduff House on the recent sad passing of their beloved grandaughter. Lily May O Dwyer lived in the lovely Glenmore with her parents Una and John, her sisters Emma Kate and Marie Claire and her brother Denis. I can say that I had the absolute pleasure of knowing this young lady and the only description I can give you of her was that she was beauty personified with the soul and personality to match. At the tender age of just 19 she was far too young to go but she fought a battle with her illness like no other. She showed a strength and courage way beyond her years, she had a smile always on her face, she was reassuring people rather than the other way around. In her presence everyone felt special all people were the same to her and her great love for her family was evident to all. She had a wonderful relationship with all her cousins and when they all got together there was nothing only laughter to be heard. I have no words to give that provide any reasoning for the death of someone so young but I do believe that we all come to this earth for a reason. I think we are sent to do a job and spread as much joy and happiness as we can and maybe some get the job done faster than others. Lily May certainly knew her job and she perfected it from day one. She has left us all with great example and now if each one of us is just a little bit like her every day then wow what a world we will live in. To her heartbroken family we offer our comfort and support and hope that in the hard times ahead the wonderful memories you have will bring you some peace and comfort. Go bhfanfaidh a hanam milis anois agus go n-eitlionn si go hard leis na haingil .

Our Sympathy, Birthday Boys and Your Notes

Recent Death
We were all very saddened to hear of the recent death of Keith Casey Ballyduff. Keith was predeceased by his beloved mother Ann. He is survived by his father Karl, brother Dick and sister Karan. Also mourning his loss are his brother in law Niall and sister in law Nicole and of course his beloved nieces Muireann, Aine, Kara, Scarlet and Sadie.Keith of course had made many many friends over the years and I have no doubt that they will remember him with great love and affection. Keiths funeral mass took place in St. Nichoals church , Ballyduff with burial in the adjoining cemetery. In these strange times when we are unable to attend funerals I’m sure the family were comforted by the big crowd who gathered both outside the house and outside the church as Keith was brought to his final resting place. We hope that Keith now rests in peace where pain and suffering is no more and where his mother welcomes him with open arms. May he rest in gentle peace and may his family find peace and comfort in their wonderful memories of him.

Our Sympathy
We extend our deepest sympathy to Paddy Hennebry Stonehouse on the recent death of his brother Bill. Formerly a Portlaw native, Bill resided in Castleconnell, Limerick with his wife Carla and his sons and daughters Johanna, William, Pierce, Josh and Tara. His funeral mass took place in St. Josephs church,Castleconnell with burial in the adjoining cemetery. May he now rest in peace and we offer our prayers of comfort to his family and friends


Birthday Boys

We send many happy birthday wishes to John Flynn, Ardeenlone who celebrated his 21st birthday. I’m sureJohn would have loved some major birthday celebrations but I have no doubt that he was very well looked after in the celebrating department by mam and dad Don and Sharon and sister Hannah. We hope John enjoyed his day and we wish him many more happy birthdays to come.
Another birthday boy this week was Jack Sheehan Birchdale, Kilmeaden. Jack celebrated reaching the milestone age of 90 with his proud children Michael, Lupita and Eithne along with his children and of course his great grandchildren. We send our birthday wishes to Jack and wish him many more happy birthdays and continued good health.


Your Notes
I know that there is not a lot going on at present but if you have anything you would like me to include in these notes then you can call or text me on 087 9838392 or drop me an email on spillanelinda2017@gmail.com. Remember to keep safe and be mindful of those around you. Be kind and remember that a simple smile can brighten a day.

Birthday Girl, Church News and Ballyduff AFC

Birthday Girl

Another young lady from our parish turned the tender age of 50 in recent days. Claudia Lane would actually pass for a teenager but I have it on good authority that she is indeed 50. I have no doubt that Claudia celebrated with her family and may even have got a chef in to cook for the evening. We hope Claudia enjoyed her celebrations and we wish her many more happy birthdays to come.


Church News
Unfortunately we find ourselves back to the situation where masses have had to cancel all masses. Hopefully we will all be back together again in a couple of weeks. Anyone who had booked anniversary masses for the next couple of weeks please don’t worry as we will book another mass for you when things return to our new normal. Fr. Mick and Fr. Richard would like to assure you all of their continued prayers for all parishioners and ask that we remember them both in our prayers. If you are a Facebook user please look up the parish of Portlaw/Ballyduff page where there will be masses, rosaries, inspirational readings and quotes and an odd joke or two thrown in for good measure.

Ballyduff AFC
Even though matches etc are cancelled, the life and work of a soccer club must still go on and so I have been asked to remind you all that the clubs’ fundraising clothes collection is still running and so you are welcome to drop off your unwanted items of clothing. They can be dropped to the dressing rooms between 5pm and 8pm Monday to Thursday or on Saturdays from 10 am to 4pm. This will run until October 18th so get sorting those unwanted items.
The club are also still seeking a CE worker to assist in the maintenance of club grounds. If you are interested or know someone who may be please contact one of the following John Supple CE Supervisor on 086 2330810 or Paddy Kirk on 087 2764883


Covid 19

I know it is tough going with all these restrictions ad cancellations etc but please remain safe and protect yourself and those around you. Stay in touch with friends and neighbours through phone and text and most of all keep smiling.

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