Mass for the Dead, Tidy towns news and Carol Concert

Bridge News.

The Ballyduff/Portlaw Bridge club meet every Monday night in the meeting room at the Kilmeaden Village Centre and the results of the game played on November 16th are as follows:

1st: Mary O Brien and Joan Hartery.
2nd: Breda Cowman and Mary Kennedy.
3rd: Ann and William Tobin.
4th: Kathleen Collins and Genelia Rowley.

GAA Lotto.

The numbers drawn in the GAA lotto draw were 3,6,19 and 21 and there was no winner of the jackpot. The three names pulled out in the lucky dip draw were Christine Murphy, Greta Foley and Megan Elliot so lady luck was certainly shining. The next draw will take place on November 29th in O Donnachas and will have a fantastic jackpot of €1,700. What a lovely prize that would be to win before Christmas. Tickets cost just €2 or 3 tickets for €5. Pick those four numbers carefully.

Homework Club.

A reminder to all our secondary students that homework club takes place every Wednesday afternoon from 4pm to 6pm in Ballyduff Community Centre. This is a perfect opportunity for young people to do their homework or to study in a quiet, relaxing environment. Help is available from teachers present also if needed. Study time costs just €5 so come along and join in.

Tidy Towns.

I announced to you last week that our local Tidy Towns Group are planning to run a Christmas lights display competition this year. They will travel around looking at peoples outdoor displays and the winners will receive beautiful hampers. Ever since I announced this I have seen people out with measuring tapes, fitting outside adaptors, sketching drawings of proposed displays and I have even had people try to bribe me even though I have told them I am not a judge just a messenger so I am sorry I cannot accept the holiday to New York or the new car. If you would like to nominate yoursef or a friend or neighbours house then please text the details to 087-1750370.

Mass For The Dead.

It is hard to believe that we are already at the end of November and that this Wednesday 25th at 7,30pm is the last of our November masses for the dead. This mass is offered especially for those who have died in the past 12 months. During the mass the list of names will be read out and a family member will come forward and they will be presented with a candle from the priest in memory of their loved one. The names of those who died within the parish will automatically be in the book but if you had a family member or friend who died elsewhere during the year but you would like to have them included then please contact Martha Fitzgerald 086-1216882 or Linda Spillane 087-9838392 before Wednesday night.

Book Launch.

Since the launch of her first book “Butterfly Barn” last year local author Karen Power has been hounded by people to know when the next one will be ready. Well the good news is that her second book “On Butterfly Wings” will be launched on Friday November 27th at 7pm in the Book Centre, Waterford. This will be another very proud day for Karen who has put her heart and soul into this book and now releases it to the eyes and hearts of others. As a very proud parish Karen we wish you, Michael, Aisling and Eoghan every happiness and success.

Quiz Nights.

The date of a quiz night which I told you about last night has had to be changed and so this week I bring you news of not one great quiz night but two. I know that both these nights will be very successful because quiz nights are very popular in these parts and we also happen to have some of the brainiest people in the world living in our area. Choose your members carefully.

On Thursday December 3rd Matt Keane will ask the questions in a table quiz in aid of the WLR Lions Club Christmas Hamper Appeal. These hampers at Christmas give many people in Waterford hope and light at Christmas.

Thursday December 10th will see those thinking caps back on as the tables go head to head again this time to help a little girl named Nadine who fights desperately to win a battle against cancer. We can help this little girl by answering a few questions.

Both these quiz nights will be hosted by the staff and management of O Donnachas who are always first in line to help a good cause. Teams of four can enter so choose carefully and just think if they dont step up to the mark for the first one then you can swap them for the second one. See you in O Donnachas on December 3rd and 10th at 8.30pm, I’ll be the one sitting on the encyclopedia britanica!

Date For The Diary.

Last year the Nollaig na mBan was a huge success with a scramble for tickets. This years date has now been set for January 9th and tickets will cost €25. This night last year was spoken about for many weeks later. The committee who work on setting this up give great attention to detail and everything is done to perfection. From start to finish this night is full of fun and laughter. Dinner is cooked and served by some fine men from our parish and then the ladies dance the night away. There are plenty of spot prizes and fun activities along the way too. If you would like to book your ticket then please call Marie on 089-4348844.

Carol Concert

Our local choir under the direction of Bridget Jordan will host their first carol concert featuring soloist Lupita De Bhail on Wednesday December 9th at 7.30pm in Ballyduff Church. A collection will be taken up at the interval and all proceeds will go towards The Ballyduff Community Centre building fund. Following the concert you are invited to the community centre for some mulled wine, mince pies. All are welcome to come along.