Booking of Masses, Recent Deaths and New Position

Booking of Masses

If you would like to book an anniversary mass for a loved one during the months of June or July please contact Linda Spillane on 087 9838392. Unfortunately masses cannot be shared at the moment due to the Covid restrictions but there are still dates available so please contact Linda.

Recent Deaths

We extend our deepest sympathies to Fiona Walsh Gortaclode on the recent loss of her beloved brother Robbie. Robert (Robbie) Sullivan was a resident of Central Avenue, Lisduggan and will be deeply missed by his parents Ann and Robbie, his daughters Kasey and Shauna, his sisters Fiona, Lisa, Susan and Mandy. Robbie’s funeral mass took place in St. Pauls church and we pray that he now rests in gentle peace.
We also send our sympathies to the Maher family in Carrick Road, Portlaw on the recent death of Keith Maher. Many of us here in the Ballyduff and Kilmeaden areas will remember Keith as our local coalman. He was a gentle quiet man who always had time to stop and have a chat with people when he called. He is survived by his wife Eily, his  sons Pat, Eoin, Seamus, Keith, his daughter Mary ,his grandchildren, brothers Jim, Hugh and Peter and his sister Ann. Keith’s funeral mass took place in St. Patricks church, Portlaw with burial in the adjoining graveyard. We pray that his gentle soul rests in peace.

New Position

Congratulations and well done to our local councillor John O Leary in Blacknock who was recently elected as Chairperson of the Comeragh District Council. We wish John the very best of luck in this position for the next 12 months.

Ballyduff AFC

The closing date for booking into the Summer camp is June 26th so get booking. The Summer Camp will run from July 5th to July 9th and you can book your place on
The club is a hive of activity with lots of games taking place so keep watch on their Facebook page for brilliant match reports and results.

Ballyduff GAA.

It is wonderful to see such activity and excitement back in the field with lots of training sessions and matches taking place. It is heartwarming to hear the clash of the hurley once again and to see so many of all different ages participating.
In conjunction with the keep walking, keep safe programme, the club have opened up their walking track to all in the community during the following times, Monday and Wednesday from 6.15pm to 7.45pm or on a Saturday from 10am to12 noon..

Birthday Boy

We send very special birthday wishes to Fr. Mick who recently celebrated his birthday. I’m not sure what birthday it was but I think it was his 25th. We hope he enjoyed his day and wish him many more happy birthdays.

Recent Death, Ballyduff GAA and Church News

Recent Deaths

We extend our deepest sympathies to Al Bowman on the recent death of his brother Tommy. A resident of Bayview, Tramore, Tommy is predeceased by his beloved Marie. He will be sadly missed by hist brothers Al and Johnny, his sister Theresa and all his relatives and friends. Tommy’s funeral mass took place in the Holy Cross church, Tramore followed by burial in St. Patrick’s cemetery. May he rest in peace.
We also send our sympathies to Eily Kirwan, Amberhill on the recent death of her sister Mary Grant. Mary was a resident of Slieverue but died peacefully in the care of Conna  Nursing Home. Mary will be sadly missed by all her family and friends. Her funeral mass was celebrated in the Church of the Assumption, Slieverue with burial in the adjoining cemetery. May she now rest in peace.

Ballyduff GAA

It is great to log into the clubs Facebook page and see so many reports of matches played and see the great activities enjoyed by all age groups. I had the opportunity to bring two little people in my life to academy training last Saturday and I couldn’t get over what I saw. Firstly I must compliment the club on the safe and professional way it was run. The laughs and excitement of the children as they they were each given time to shine. The words of encouragement from the many volunteer coaches who give their time to support these young players of the future. I must say though that I have a sneaky suspicion that some of the coaches were enjoying themselves maybe more than the children! A big well done to Calum Lyons who came along and joined in the coaching and there were times he had some stiff competition.
The ladies fun group has returned on Friday nights at 7.30pm which is all about fun and excercise. If you want to join all you have to do is turn up.

Ballyduff AFC

Ballyduff are on the lookout for a groundskeeper for their lovely club grounds. Work away in the fresh air while getting paid. If you are interested pleased  apply to the club directly or on

The clubs Summer camp will take place from July 5th to July 9th while the FAI camp will be from July 26th to 30th.

Just like our GAA club there are matches being played both home and away so i recommend their Facebook page for all the latest reports and results

Church News

Bookings for weekend anniversary masses are now been taken for the months of June and July. If you would like to book a mass please contact Linda Spillane on 087 9838392

Blissful Marriage, Exam Time and Mount Congreve

Blissful Marriage

We send our heartiest congratulations to John and Maria Mackey, Ross who recently celebrated their 39th wedding anniversary. I’m sure this lovely couple celebrated their special day with their children and their 4 beloved grandchildren. We hope that John and Maria enjoy many more happy years of marriage bliss.

Birthday Girl

Warmest birthday wishes go to local lady Chloe Lye of Ross as she celebrated her 21st birthday. A few more places have opened up just in time for Chloe to celebrate and I’m sure her parents Ken and Louise and siblings Sophie, Grace and James made sure that her day was celebrated in style. We wish Chloe many more happy birthdays in the future.

Exam Time

We wish all the young people in our area the very best of luck as they sit their Leaving Cert exams. It has been a very difficult and worrying couple of years for them and they had to overcome many obstacles. We hope that each of them remembers that they can only do their very best and that there are many paths to take in life and many different routes to get to where you want to go. We wish you all the very best of luck in your exams.

Ballyduff AFC

All at Ballyduff AFC are getting excited about their Summer Camp which will take place from July 5th to July 9th. To book your place please log onto
The club will also host the FAI Summer camp from July 26th to July 30th so please check out their Facebook page for more information.
The club are on the look for some Division 4 players .These Over 35’s  are wanted for the new season which will begin in July.
A groundsperson is also needed for the club grounds so if you fancy working in the outdoors while getting paid. You can apply for this position directly to the club or log onto jobsireland .ie

Mount Congreve

From Sunday June 8th Mount Congreve will open their gates to the public for 6 days each week and their new Summer nature trail for families is now open. All bookings must be made on line beforehand

New Birth, Birthday Boy and Church News

Cheasty Celebrations

The Cheasty family in Tigroe had plenty to celebrate this week with Rebecca turning 21 on May 23rd and her brother Aaron celebrating his 18th on May 27th. Unfortunately Covid restrictions mean that we are still unable to celebrate in the normal fashion but I have no doubt that the family made sure they had a great time and were spoiled on their special days. We hope that Rebecca and Aaron will have many more birthday celebrations and we wish them both every happiness.

New Birth

I was delighted to hear of the safe arrival of 8 fluffy signets on Knockaderry Lake. Mammy and Daddy are very proud on their new brood. If you are out for a walk why not call by and say congratulations and grab a glimpse of the beautiful new arrivals. I know a certain man will be looking down on his beloved Knockaderry Lake from the heavens with a smile on his face.

Birthday Boy

I would like to use these notes to send very special birthday wishes to John Hearne who is a resident of the city but we have adopted him here in Kilmeaden. Father to the lovely Louise Dooley John spends a lot of time here in Kilmeaden playing with his lovely grandchildren. John celebrated his 70th birthday with his family and I have no doubt that Daragh, Ava, Cathal and Olivia helped him to blow out those candles and even eat the cake. John is a very gifted photographer who is always willing to help out with charity and club events and always so gracious with his time. I wish him many more happy birthdays and was delighted to see him on the other side of the camera for a change.

Ballyduff AFC

The club are on the lookout for Division 4 (over 35’s) players. This is for the new season which will begin in July. If you are interested then please contact 087-4147242. This is not only a great way of keeping fit but also a great way to get to know people in your area.
The club is also on the lookout for some volunteer coaches both male and female. They are looking for coaches to join their academy, U11 boys, U10 girls, U12 girls and boys and U16 and U18 girls. No experience is needed. If you are interested in getting involved then please send a message through the clubs Facebook page. Please remember that all our clubs and organisations rely on the goodness of volunteers so if you feel you can help in any little way then please do.
If you fancy working out in the fresh air while getting paid, the club are also on the lookout for a grounds person. Ballyduff AFC have wonderful grounds and facilities and you could help to keep this maintained. If you are interested you can apply directly to the club or log onto

Ballyduff GAA

The club are thrilled to see some action back in the field. Between the hours of 10 am to 12 noon, up to 120 children were out training in their different bubbles. The academy, camogie and LGFA sections of the club were all out training and enjoying themselves and it really is great to see activity again on the pitch and we look forward to watching some real live games soon .
The club and actually the whole parish would like to congratulate Calum Lyons on a great game against Limerick and also on being named Hurler of the week . Calum received 3,970 votes from the public and we are all delighted to hear of his great success.

Church News

Weekday and weekend masses have now returned and Fr. Richard and Fr. Mick are delighted to welcome people back into the church. Mass times are as follows Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10am, Saturdays at 10am and 7.30 pm and Sunday morning at 9.30 am .If you would like to book a weekend anniversary mass for a loved one during the month of June please contact Linda Spillane on 087-9838392.
Our graveyard is very important to us all and we are very lucky to have the wonderful Michael Junior Power to maintain it so well. We can all do our own little bit by bringing any old flowers or wreaths that we have home with us when we visit our loved ones graves.

Ballyduff LGFA

Following their brilliant success in taking part in the #onegoodclub  programme which focused on positive mental health and well being, the girls continued to be noticed for their fantastic achievements. Just before I send my notes I receive more wonderful news about them.The Lidl #OneGoodClub awards were held on line hosted by Marty Morrissey. Ballyduff Lower LGFA were announced as the winners of the Most Innovative Initiative Award. Huge congratulations to the girls and their mentors who truly deserve this recognition.