The local GAA lotto draw took place recently and the numbers drawn were 13, 15, 18, and 20. There was no winner of the jackpot but the three lucky dip winners of €50 each were Tony Larkin, Margaret Power and Helen Conlan. The next draw will take place on February 14th in O Donnachas and there will be a fantastic jackpot of €2,300. Tickets cost just €2 or 3 for €5 so choose those 4 numbers carefully.
Wednesday February 3rd was Grandparents Day and the pupils of our local national school marked the occasion by inviting their grandparents to a special mass in our church which Fr. O Byrne offered for all the grandparents present. As part of the offertory procession the children brought forward a candle in memory of those grandparents who are no longer with us. The children took part in all the readings, prayers of the faithful and the bringing up of the gifts and also sung some beautiful hymns for us throughout the mass. After the mass everyone was invited over to the school for some tea and biscuits and this was thoroughly enjoyed by all. This really was a lovely morning and I congratulate the children on their display of love and respect for their grandparents.
You may have read my notes last week and if you did you will have noticed that I carried a list of all the people who were baptised in our church in 1916. This list was compiled by Fr.O Byrne so I sent him off on a mission to find out how many weddings there were that year so have a look and see if any of your ancesters are mentioned? There were just 3 weddings:
Charles Stephenson(Fairbrook) married Ann Stephenson(Ballyduff)
Laurence Foley(Dunhill) married Catherine Power(Carrigphilip)
Robert Power(Clonea) married Margaret Power(Ardeenlone).
Do you have an interesting 1916 story to tell?
Is it on your bucket list to learn to play an instrument well here’s your chance .A music student studing music in WIT would like to run music lessons in Ballyduff Community Centre and so if you would like to learn the bodhran, guitar, banjo or mandolin please contact 083-1614523. These music classes are open to adults and children and are a wonderful opportunity for people to learn a new skill. Music is the perfect medicine for body and soul so you’re on a winner straight away.
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A reminder that Ballyduff Youth Drama will present this years production, “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” on Friday February 26th and Saturday February 27th at 8pm and at 3pm on Sunday February 28th in Ballyduff Community Centre. Tickets cost just €10 and are available by call or text to Helen on 087-6493657. This group always treat us to a wonderful show so come along and support their hard work.
Have you picked your team yet? The High Road/Ballyduff community text alert group will host a fundraising table quiz in O Donnachas on Friday February 26th at 9pm sharp. Quizmaster will be Dermot Molloy and a team of 4 will cost €20. You will also have the chance to win some lovely spot prizes. This is the groups main fundraiser for the year so please support if possible.
The next meeting of this group will take place in Ballyduff Community Centre at 8pm on Monday February 22nd. All are welcome to attend. I must congratulate them on their text alert scheme, it really is a brilliant scheme and keeps us all alert to unusual activity in our areas.