The annual Spring stations have now come to an end and Fr.Mick would like to say a big thank you to all who hosted masses and all those who attended. He would also like to say a sincere thank you to all who contributed their staton dues. The station mass is a lovely custom and brings neighbours together to offer prayers for each other and their families. The station masses will come around again in the Autumn so if you think you would like to host one in your area please let Fr. Mick know.
The club are delighted to see so many of their club players involved with county teams. Calum Lyons is currently starring with the county senior hurlers while Ronan Dunphy lines out with the U20 hurlers. Cathal Daly is kept busy with the U17 hurling and football and Alex Reade and Billy Cuddihy are involved with the U14 hurlers. This is a real testament to the club of the committment and dedication put in by players, coaches and parents. We will all be watching the lads with great interest and cheering them on from the sidelines and stands.
The academy section of the club sees the U6,7,8 and 9 teams very busy playing lots of blitz competitions at the moment and the word coming back is that they are playing a blinder and having great fun at the same time which is what it is all about.
We all enjoyed the great Waterford V Clare match in Walsh Park recently but all eyes were on our U10 hurlers who took to the field at half time to take on Clashmore/Kinsalebeg. They put in a mighty performance and emerged winners receiving the biggest cheers of the day. A big well done to the lads who dealt extremely well with the pressure of the day.
We extend very happy 21st birthday wishes to Ross Coffey O Shea and Dylan Reade who recently celebrated their 21st birthdays by hosting a joint party in The Sweep Bar and Restaurant. A great night and weekend was had by all and they have all returned to work and college bright eyed and bushy taled!
Another young man Martin O Reilly of Ardeenlone also celebrated a milestone birthday recently. At just a tad over the 21 Martin celebrated his 50th birthday firstly with all the beautiful women in his life, his wife Tracey and daughters Bonnie, Sophie, Maisie and Trudie. Of course its a busy couple of weeks in the O Reilly house with Tracey and Trudie also celebrating their birthdays. Martin also met up with some friends and neighbours in Haughtons for a socialable drink or two which I’m sure was a very refined and dignified night.
Booking of Masses.
The booking of anniversary masses for the months of April, May and June have now been taken. If you missed these bookings but would like to book a mass please contact Linda Spillane on 087-9838392 and she will help you out. I promise she’s really nice!!
The Waterford and Lismore Diocesan youth committee will hold an information morning to showcase some of the youth initiatives that are available to all parishes in the diocese and country. It is also a great opportunity for parishes to get together to see what great work is being done and to share ideas. The meeting will be held on Saturday April 27th from 10am to 1pm in Holy Family Mission, Glencomeragh. John Stephenson will be attending from our parish so if you would like to attend please let John know as all names must be in by Thursday April 25th so as to accommodate everyone for a light lunch.
A reminder that the next of our community alert meetings takes place on Tuesday March 26th at 8pm in Ballyduff Community Centre. Guest speaker on the night will be Mr. Ken Sauvage who is the CEO of Treo Port Lairge who are a community based organisation core funded by the Depatment of Justice and Equality through the Probation service. The main aim of Treo is to reduce criminal activity among people in its target group of ages 16-23 thus contributing to making Waterford a safer community.
It is important to come along to these meetings and please spread the word to your friends and neighbours. This will also be your final chance to pay the annual €5 text alert money. The text alert scheme has proved itself to be very valuable and beneficial.Look forward to seeing you at the meeting.
A huge congratulations and well done to Michelle and Seamus Dunphy and all the staff at The Sweep who hosted a very successful coffee morning on Thursday March 20th. The Dunphys are of course great supporters of charity events but the Waterford and South Kilkenny branch of Down Syndrome Ireland holds a very special place in their hearts and they most certainly did the organization justice as they hosted a coffee morning extraodinaire. There was tea and coffee galore, tasty treats at every angle, music and song from Bim Connors and a list of raffle prizes that was unbelievable. Congratulations to all who helped in any way and all those who contributed. Your kindness and generosity is greatly appreciated.
Have Your Say
A series of lunchtime public meetings will take place across Waterford city and county in the coming weeks. They are aimed at attracting people over 50 to have their voices heard as representatives of the soon to be established Waterford Older People’s Council. The aim is to recruit people from all walks of life and have their voices heard on a range of issues such as public transport links, housing, social participation and healthcare. The five meetings will take place in the following venues:
Lismore Heritage Centre Tuesday March 26th
Tramore Majestic Hotel Thursday March 28th
Waterford City Hall Tuesday April 2nd
Rainbow Hall, Kilmac Wednesday April 3rd
Park Hotel, Dungarvan Thursday April 4th.
If you would like to attend one of these meeting or would like some further information you can contact 087-9809985 or email waterfordOPC@gmail.com.
Ballyduff AFC News
Our local soccer club is always a hive of activity and they have a number of exciting events coming up. The annual soccerathon will take place on Good Friday and the girls and boys will have sponsorship cards on the go soon so please support them.
The dates for the much looked forward to Summer camps have been announced. The club summer camp will take place from July 1st to July 5th and the FAI camp will be from July 15th to 19th. Times and costs will be announced shortly.
The annual bag pack in Tesco Ardkeen will be on Saturday June 1st so a text will soon go out looking for volunteers to cover the two hour slots.
The club were delighted to see club players Emma and Laura Carlin feature on the Waterford FC programme for the recent match against St. Pats. The girls were the Junior Blues in Focus and they even predicted the Waterford win. The girls are great supporters of Waterford FC and travel near and far with their parents Anthony and Amelia to cheer on the Blues. A big well done to the girls and what a lovely memory for them to share together.
Local lady Ciara Larkin has asked me to say a big thank you to all who supported her recent hamper raffle in aid of the The Solas Centre. She was deeply touched by peoples generosity and their kind words. She is now well on her way to raising her target of €500. A special word of thanks also to the sponsors of the hamper items. The very lucky winner was Paul Sheehan, Ballyduff.
On Friday March 29th Ciara will take to the stage in The Theatre Royal as part of the Solas Centre Dance for Life. Twenty couples have been tirelessly rehearsing over the past number of weeks and are now putting those final touches to their routines. Ciara and her dance partner Laura Brown will give us the fun and bounce of the Charleston. We wish them both the very best of luck and thank them for giving their time and energy to such a wonderful cause.