Ballyduff LGFA, Birthday Girl and Your Notes

Church News

We are all delighted to be back in our church and celebrating mass together. Masses are offered every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10am and weekend masses will be offered on Saturday at 10am and 7.30pm and on Sunday morning at 9.30am.
If you would like to book an anniversary mass for a loved one for any of these masses please contact Linda Spillane on 087 9838392. Bookings will be taken for the remainder of the month of May and for June at the moment.

Ballyduff LGFA

Our local ladies Gaelic football team are on the lookout for some new coaches. No experience is necessary but you must be willing to have fun and help out. To express your interest please message their Facebook page.
We send congratulations to the LGFA group who were  the recent winners of a Waterford Garda Division Youth  Award for their recent #onegoodclub programme. This is so well deserved as they put 100% into all the aspects of it .

Birthday Girl

We send our heartiest birthday wishes to a very popular member of our Kilmeaden Vintage Tractor Club. Shelly Hewetson celebrated her 50th birthday with her family and I’m sure there were some nice tasty treats. Shelly is usually the lady behind the lens as she takes some fantastic photos so hopefully she was the one in front of the lens for her birthday.

GAA News

How uplifting to see all the boys and girls back in the field as the academy section returns. There were many happy smiling faces all around and that was just the parents and coaches! A big thank you to the coaches who give their time and talents for the good of the club and the club would like to extend a very warm welcome to the new volunteers and hope that you enjoy your experience.

Your Notes

As clubs and organisations return to their activities please let people know about what is going on. Send on your information to me on or 087 9838392

Centurion Celebrations, Church News and Celebration time

Ballyduff AFC

Do you enjoy working outside? Would you like to give a bit back to your community while getting paid? Ballyduff AFC are on the lookout for a grounds person for their club. If you are interested then please apply to the club or log into jobs

Centurion Celebrations

We send warm birthday wishes to Paddy Mooney formerly of Dunabrattin, Annestown who recently celebrated his 100th birthday. Paddy was a very popular and well known employee of Mount Congreve for many years and he is now a resident of Dunabbey House in Dungarvan. Paddy was treated to a special fly over by the Waterford Rescue 117 in memory of his days as a former flight engineer and pilot in the RAF. Thankfully restrictions had been loosened a bit in time for Paddy’s birthday and so he was able to welcome family along to his celebrations. Paddy is already planning for his 101st birthday when he may fly the helicopter  himself and do you know it wouldn’t surprise me one bit!

Church News

We are all delighted to see some restrictions being lifted and I am delighted to say that we can now return to daily and weekend masses. From Monday May 10th mass will return on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 10am and on Saturday at 10am and 7.30pm and on Sunday morning at 9.30am.

GAA News

The club would like to say a big thanks to Minister Mary Butler, Minister of State with responsibility for Mental Health and Older People for taking the time  to visit the new project developed by Ballyduff LGFA on the Greenway. She was very impressed by the beautiful finished area.
The club are delighted to see all the groups from U6 to U18 now back training under COVID guidelines. The club encourage you to contact the various coaches for football, hurling, LGFA for details or message their Facebook page if you are new to the club or area.

Celebration Time

We send our warmest congratulations to Sandra O Keeffe, Springhill on her recent graduation. Sandra graduated with a masters in integrative counselling and psychotherapy . Sandra has worked very hard at her career and deserves all this success and she was most definitely born to do this job. Sandra has always received wonderful support from her partner Anthony her parents Christy and Vera and siblings Elaine, Edel and Damien and I know that they are very proud of her fantastic achievement. We wish Sandra every success in the future.

A Scholar and a Gent

We were all very saddened to hear of the death of
Mr. John G Fitzgerald of Ross. John was a tall man in stature and was held equally in high esteem. He was most definitely one of lives gentlemen and his main aim in life was to help anyone that he could. He was a very intelligent man with a vast array of knowledge on many subjects. He was a wonderful farmer and knew that it took hard work and passion to make it a success. He loved the land and his animals and worked for the good of farmers as he served as Vice Chair of Glanbia, County Chair of Waterford IFA and was also involved in the Farm Relief Services. He took all these roles very seriously and if there was a job to be done then John was the one to have on your side. He was also a great greyhound man and he bred some fantastic dogs over the years and the road to Shelbourne was just a short spin up the road for him. A great GAA man he supported both local and county teams. He served as Chairman of our local club with great dedication and devotion. He enjoyed being a member of the Kilmeaden Vintage Tractor Club and liked many he looked forward to that great day in July for the tractor run which always raised fantastic money for The Solas Centre. A man of many interests and talents his greatest love was his family.Married  for over 40 years to his beloved Nano the pair were rarely seen without each other. Their children Maura, Joanne and Ger were their pride and joy and of course they adored their grandchildren John, Isabel and Liam whom John loved to spend time with.
John will be greatly missed in our parish and we pray that he now enjoys  Gods kingdom where there is no more pain or sickness. I have it on good authority that the Irish Independent and The Farmers Journal are available in heaven so hopefully John can enjoy a good read and perhaps a nice cold pint with old friends. He has left Nano  and the family many happy memories and we hope that these will bring comfort in the days to come.

A True Gent

Our parish was shocked to the core this week with the unexpected death of one of it’s most popular residents. Mossie O Keeffe, Blacknock was a gentle caring man who loved helping out friends and neighbours. He loved nothing more than a quiet drink and a chat with friends. He is predeceased by his beloved wife Betty and I’m sure there will be a dance or two when they reunite. Mossy was a wonderful family man loving getting together with them all for a chat and a laugh . He welcomed his grandchildren with great delight.
In recent years he volunteered his time at Waterford Suir Valley Railway in Kilmeaden and he told me how much he loved it and enjoyed meeting so many people from all walks of life. Of course the cuppa and cake with the rest of the crew was always looked forward to.
Mossie made many good friends over the years and one of those Sean (Showery) Atkins went on ahead of Mossie just one month ago. I have no doubt that by now Showery has found the perfect seat and there is a reserved seat waiting for Mossie when he gets there. We pray that Mossie now rests in peace and we offer our support to his family and friends. May his friendly smile remain in your minds and his caring nature in your souls. May his gentle soul now rest in peace.

Recent Death, Birthday Time and Dr. Martin Centre

Recent Death

We express our deepest sympathy to the O Brien and Giles families on the recent death of Anne O Brien(nee Giles) from Newtown Tramore but a native of Blacknock Kilmeaden. Anne is survived by her husband John, daughter Karen, her sons Andre and Mark, her beloved grandchildren, her sister Kathleen Burns and all her relatives and many friends. Anne’s funeral mass was celebrated in The Holy Cross church in Tramore and she was then brought to her final resting place in St. Patrick’s cemetery in Tramore. We pray that she now rests in peace and that the Lord will comfort her family in the times ahead.

The Lord’s Shepherd

We were all so saddened here to hear of the death of Fr. Robert Arthure Cappoquin. We had the honour of having Fr. Arthure serve here in Ballyduff/Portlaw as parish priest from 1988 to 1992. He was a wonderful servant to the church for 70 years and his faith and his service was of utmost importance to him. He was a kind and wise man with a beautiful presence and people felt at ease in his company. In recent times I enjoyed following his Facebook page where he shared his inspirational views and stories. Fr. Arthure’s funeral mass took place in St. Mary’s church Cappoquin and we all pray together for the peace and happiness of his gentle soul and we have doubt that the Lord will welcome his shepherd home and thank him for being a loyal and worthy servant. May he rest in the peace of the Lord.

Birthday Time

We send warm birthday wishes to Anne Atkins, Blacknock who recently celebrated her 76th birthday. I’m sure Anne was treated to some lovely tasty treats on the day by her children and grandchildren. We wish Anne many more happy birthdays
Also celebrating his birthday this week was Sherlock Foley in Ballyduff. Sherlock was blowing out 50 candles on the cake and I’m sure his wife Eleanor and children Alex, Kate and Conor made sure that he had a wonderful day and no doubt there were plenty of treats from Mammy next door too.

GAA News

It was with great sadness that the club learned of the death of former Chairman of the club Mr. John Fitzgerald. John was a true gentleman in every sense of the word. He gave all his energy and insight to the club to progress development and participation. He will be sorely missed and the club extend their sympathy to Nano, Maura, Joanne and Ger and all the family.
The club are delighted to see training resume in the field and the following times apply to the different sections. The LGFA times are
U8 and U 10 are Thursdays 6.30pm to 7.45pm
U12 and U14 are Thursdays 6.30pm to 7.45pm
U16 and Minor are Sundays 11am to 12.30pm
Juvenile Club ( hurling/football girls and boys
Academy section U6-U9 Saturday 10am to 11am
U10 Saturday 10am to 11am
U11/12 Monday’s 6.30pm to 7.30pm.
The LGFA section of the club continue their positive work in the #onegoodclub initiative. This has been a very important journey for members and community. A big well done to all who organised and participated.

Dr. Martin Centre

The Dr. Martin Centre in Portlaw are counting down the days until they can welcome their clients back in for some fun and chats but at the moment they are enjoying using their brand new kitchen facilities. You can have a tasty dinner and dessert delivered daily
for just €7.50 and the good news is that they now deliver outside Portlaw. Please phone in your order by 10.30am daily in 051 387111 or 087-4611309