Perfect Couple, Suir Valley Railway and Birthday Time

Perfect Couple

Goalkeeper supreme Kevin Burns from Ballyrobin in Kill landed the catch of his life last week when he married the love of his life, the beautiful Ciara Larkin from Powersknock, Kilmeaden. This lovely couple began on their journey 10 years ago and it  was evident to all from the very start that this was a match made in heaven. Ciara arrived at Dunhill church in style driven by her very proud grandad Noel. She looked stunning as she glided up the aisle on the arm of her dad Tony to the beautiful sound of her brother Darragh singing “She moved through the Fair”. The ceremony was beautifully arranged and was so personal. Friends read the readings and prayers and the psalm was sung by the bride’s sister Aisling.  The two mothers who both looked stunning brought forward the gifts. Throughout the ceremony beautiful music and songs were performed by friends and cousins of the bride. Following the photos it was onto the stunning Haven Hotel in Dunmore for the reception. Not to be outdone by all the performances back at the church, the bride chose to sing her wedding speech to  the tune of some well known ABBA songs. This was my first experience of being invited to a virtual wedding and it was lovely to be able to watch the ceremony and the speeches. This lovely couple are indeed very well loved and I have no doubt that there is a long road of happiness ahead. They have both come from strong respectable families and have learned from the very best. The strong tradition of sport in the Burns family can now only be enhanced by the strong musical traditions of the Larkin/Morrissey family. After all, every good match deserves a good session. . We wish Kevin and Ciara every happiness in their life together.


Mount Congreve

If you are planning some nice days out for you and your friends then check out the Mount Congreve website and facebook page. There are plenty of organised events such as yoga mornings, August twilight tours or simply just enjoy a stroll around the beautiful gardens. One upcoming event is a plant fair on Sunday July 25th from 11am to 5pm. Visitors will be given the opportunity to explore the award winning gardens while strolling around some stalls which will be providing food and will also include stalls from expert rare and special plant stall holders from all over Ireland. To book your spot for this or any other event please visit their website.


Suir Valley Railway

We are all very proud of our railway here in Kilmeaden and I am delighted to hear back so many great reports from people when I meet them. The Sunset Express is proving very popular where visitors can enjoy prosecco and strawberries on the platform while listening to some acoustic music  before departing on a beautiful scenic train journey along the banks of the River Suir. The pampering doesn’t stop there however because as you travel along you are treated to a picnic box of locally produced culinary delights from award winning Grow HQ Cafe. This is a lovely relaxing evening and has been the setting for many celebrations, by romantic couples or by friends and families catching up with one another. What a lovely idea too for a staff night out or a nice way for a company to  treat their employees. Check out their website and Facebook page for more information and booking details.


Birthday Time.

Lots of birthdays were celebrated in recent days with the beautiful Niamh Kennedy from Stonehouse celebrating her 30th birthday. John McGrath celebrated his 80th birthday with his friends and family. His wife Minnie also celebrated her birthday that week but she was only 35. The great Josephine Power from Blacknock celebrated her 60th and I am sure she was spoiled and treated very well. We had two important birthdays in my house as my husband reached the ripe old age of 49 and I can guarantee that he was spoiled just like every other day. Another very important man in my life also had a birthday and that was my nephew Harry O Sullivan who turned 5 and was very happy with all his presents and of course his trip to McDonalds .If you would like me to mention any birthdays, anniversaries etc for you please let me know.


Church News

We are now taking bookings for anniversary masses for the month of August. If you would like to book a mass please contact Linda Spillane on 087 9838392

Ballyduff GAA, A Little Princess and Like Father Like Son

Ballyduff GAA

In conjunction with the keep walking keep safe programme our local club have opened up their walking track during the following times, Mondays and Wednesdays 6.15pm to 7.45pm and on Saturdays from 10am to 12 noon. This is a wonderful way to enjoy some exercise and fresh air while staying safe and it is totally free. This is just another way our club show their gratitude to their community and welcomes everyone.
All of the different teams in the club are enjoying games and action every week with great competition and fun. Juvenile section, LGFA, camogie and adult results and fixtures are all available on their Facebook page so make sure to check it out and why not pop along to a game when it is safe to do so and cheer on the teams.
The time is running out for you to purchase your Deise draw ticket. The first draw will take place on July 14th. There are some super prizes up for grabs and remember that 80% of the money from tickets sold here will go to Ballyduff GAA. You can purchase your ticket from any committee member or contact Brian on 087 2486423.
Our club runs smoothly and efficiently due to the fabulous volunteers who give their time to help and the club are very grateful. As always though there is always room for more and the club will welcome any new  volunteers who may want to help out and  provide them with any necessary training needed. Drop into any of the training sessions and register your interest or you can contact Brian on the number  above and he will point you in the right direction.
As camogie now reemerges in our club it is wonderful to see so many girls involved. During the months of July and August the club will run a fun basic skills course for  both players and parents. This will take place every Tuesday evening from 6.10pm to 7.10pm. If you would like any more information please contact Tim on 087 9308555 or Dermot on 085 1635572.


A Little Princess

We send our warmest congratulations to Jack Kennedy and Tara Heffernan, Stonehouse on the birth of their beautiful baby daughter. Baby Ornaith arrived on The Summer Solstice so will no doubt have a very bright future. We look forward to meeting Ornaith and we wish this happy little family every happiness for the future.


Like Father Like Son

AJ Bowman, Carriganure is certainly turning heads on the soccer pitch as he kicks off his Blues career with the U17’s having a great win last weekend. AJ has always been a very exciting player to watch with his great passion for the game evident to all. Love of the game runs through his blood as he follows in the footsteps of his dad Jason who played as a classy midfielder for the Blues himself and also gave his time as a coach for Waterford FC. I have no doubt at all of how proud the whole family are and they have always been great supporters of the game. We wish AJ the very best  for the future and hope that he continues to enjoy the game he loves so much.


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Recent Deaths, New Bundle of Joy and Kilmeaden Activity

Recent Deaths

We extend our deepest sympathies to the Finnegan and Macklin families on the recent death of Ann Finnegan, Ballyduff .A native of the beautiful county Monaghan Ann was born Ann Macklin .Ann was a  beautiful lady in stature and nature. She loved to have a chat when she met you and even throughout her illness her concern was always for others especially those who were sick. Ann was always an active lady enjoying tennis, walking, cycling and of course in later years she became an excellent golfer. She was a lady who lived her life to the full, enjoying meeting friends, trips out and foreign holidays. Throughout her recent illness she remained upbeat and positive and her strength and  courage was a real inspiration to all around her. We as a community extend our deepest sympathies to her husband Peter, her children Elaine, Suzanne and Jason, her mother Margaret,her beloved grandchildren Alex and Lucy, her sisters and brothers and all her family and many friends. May her gentle soul now rest in peace.
We also send our sympathies to the O Keeffe family in Whitfield, Butlerstown on the recent death of Michael (Busher) O Keeffe. Known far and wide for his wonderful music .Music as we all know is good for the body and soul and Busher was at his happiest when he had his accordion. His gift was magical and he most definetley could make that accordion sing. He lived a contented life surrounded by family and his music. We express our sympathies to his children Catherine, Michael, Theresa and Thomas, his grandchildren, sisters and brothers and his many friends. We pray that Michael now rests in peace and if we listen closely enough I am sure we will hear that accordion accompany the angels.


New Bundle of Joy

We send warm congratulations to Deirdre and Mark O Gorman on the recent birth of their beautiful baby girl Ruth. Deirdre is formerly Deirdre Mackey from Ross and grandparents John and Maria are absolutely thrilled to welcome their 5th grandchild to the family. I have no doubt that Ruth will enjoy many play dates in her grandparents back garden with her cousins . We wish this happy little family every happiness for the future and look forward to meeting Ruth.


Ballyduff GAA

Lots of activity continues in Kildermody with many training sessions and matches taking place. All Covid guidelines are being followed ensuring everyones safety. If you are interested in joining the club as a member or volunteer take a look at their Facebook page for more information or simply turn up to one of the training sessions.
Deise Super Draw tickets are now on sale with lots of great prizes on offer. To get your ticket contact Brian on 087 2486423.
There was great excitement recently in the club as they launched their camogie team for the first time. It has been many years since we had our own camogie team in Ballyduff and it is wonderful to see it back again. I myself played for many years for Ballyduff and have some great memories of times spent with my team mates. We wish the girls the very best of luck and really look forward to seeing them in action.


Kilmeaden Activity

It is great to see such a buzz around the place again with businesses reopening and lots of refurbishment being carried out. I would like to take this opportunity to wish all our local shops, restaurants and business premises the very best of luck and I ask you to remember that these are the places we turn to for spot prizes, donations and sponsorship for our clubs and charities events so it is now our turn to support them after a very hard year. We are really spoiled here in Kilmeaden with great choice so shop local if at all possible