Tidy Towns and Deise Greenway


High Road News.

A meeting of the High Road Community Alert Group will take place on Monday February 16th at 8pm in Ballyduff Community Centre. All are welcome to attend this meeting.

Tidy Towns Appointment.

Our local tidy towns group are delighted to announce that Michael O Keeffe has been selected as the new Tus worker. Michael will be working and maintaining areas in the general Kilmeaden area. If there are areas which you are concerned about or feel need work please contact one of the following and they will pass the word on Leanne Kearns 086-8194328 or Sarah Walsh 086-1750370.

GAA Lotto.

There was no winner of the latest GAA lotto draw and the numbers drawn were 5, 17, 18 and 25. The three lucky dip winners of €50 each were Sarah Leahy, James Walsh and Renee Power. The next draw will take place on February 22nd in O Donnachas and there will be a fantastic jackpot of €11,000 up for grabs so get your ticket early. Tickets will be on sale all day on Saturday February 21st at Centra so put your thinking caps on and guess those four lucky numbers.

Community Centre News.

A second order is about to be placed soon for engraved bricks which will be put on permanent display in the community centre. Each brick costs €50 which includes up to two lines of text containing a maximum of 16 letters/ characters per line. Purchasing one of these bricks will see you become part of the history of the community and you will also be making a contribution to the ongoing fund raising efforts. To purchase a brick please contact Caroline Quinn on 087-2154981 or carolinequinn@live.ie The deadline for orders is February 27th.

If any of you out there have any ideas/skills or time to contribute to establishing weekly or monthly events in the community centre then you are asked to contact Alistair on 086-6063139. The committee plan to meet in the coming weeks to discuss options and requirements for our community.

Coffee Morning.

I recently hosted a coffee morning in Ballyduff Community Centre in aid of our local youth drama group. The youth drama group is made up of young people in 5th and 6th classes and is run voluntarily by Helen Millea, Eleanor Foley and Joan Cheasty. They are very busy rehearsing for this years show which will take place in March. As you all know there are many costs incurred in putting on a show and so that is why I decided to do something small to help because we as parents are very grateful for the confidence and pride our children get from being part of this group.

I was really overwhelmed by the support given to the coffee morning and raffle. It was a really lovely morning with great crowds turning up and plenty of chat and laughter filled the rooms. Of course we were spoiled by some of our top bakers in the parish who brought along an array of tasty treats for us to sample. I want to say a huge thank you to all who came along and all who donated money and raffle prizes and to all who baked and gave cakes. A huge thank you to Liam and David in the hall who were such a big help and finally I am very lucky to have a wonderful bunch of friends who never seem to tire of me asking for help and so to those who helped me set up, serve the teas etc and clean up after as well as baking too I thank you from the bottom of my heart and offer my services for your next event. Another fantastic display of community spirit and for a short mornings work we raised €510 so well done and thank you.

We will have details soon for you about the show and where to get your tickets so watch this space.

Deise Greenway.

The Waterford and Suir Valley railway is working closely with Waterford Council to ensure preparatory work including bridge surveys and site clearance work is carried out uninterrupted on the section of the Deise Greenway beside the railway. To facilitate the work the railway will not open for the February mid term and defer the usual season start date of April 1st. The railway will now open to the public with a full schedule from Friday May 1st 2015.

Although the railway say it is unfortunate that there will be a delay opening and they realise many families will be disappointed to miss the usual mid term and Easter activities it is a small sacrifice to make as in the long term the Deise Greenway will be a huge asset and a wonderful amenity on our doorstep when this section is finished in 2016.