The numbers drawn in the latest lotto draw were 3, 6, 24 and 28 and there was no jackpot winner. There were three lucky dip winners of €50 each and they were Christine Harte, Carol Kiely and Hannah Duffy. The next draw will take place on March 15th and they will have a fantastic jackpot of €12,500 up for grabs.
Tickets cost just €2 each or three for €5 and are on sale from all committee members and will also be on sale outside Centra on Saturday March 14th. Choose those 4 lucky numbers carefully and you could be celebrating St. Patricks weekend in great style.
Each year our parish fundraise to send two people from the parish on the Waterford/Lismore Pilgrimage to Lourdes as part of the invalid section. If you would like to nominate someone to go to Lourdes then please contact one of the following before March 6th, Noel O Sullivan, John O Leary or Donal Daly. This is a wonderful opportunity for people to visit Lourdes and find some comfort and peace.
We are now in the season of Lent and this is a time to make little sacrifices for the good of ourselves and others. We will have a special Lenten mass each Wednesday night during Lent and this is a real opportunity for us to give a little extra for Lent. Mass will be on Wednesday 4th, 11th,18th and 25th at 7.30pm each night.
During Lent we are also encouraged to support Trocaire for their Lenten campaign by donating what we can to the Trocaire box which are available in the church. Please bring one home and place in your home.
Our Spring station masses will take place over two nights this year. On Tuesday March 3rd and Thursday March 5th at 7.30pm mass will be said in Ballyduff Community Centre and both masses will be offered for everyone in the parish. You are invited to go along to any of the masses or indeed both of them. Following both masses there will be a lovely opportunity to enjoy a nice cuppa and a chat with your neighbours and fellow parishioners. Please keep in mind people living around you who may like to attend one of these masses but might not have transport and maybe don’t like driving at night. If you can help in any way I am sure they would appreciate it.
Saturday March 21st is World Down Syndrome Day and it is a wonderful opportunity for us to support this charity. The Sweep Bar will host its annual coffee morning for the charity on the day from 10am to 12 noon. This is always a very well attended event every year and people look forward to it. Get yourself along if you can or if not you can hand in a donation any day beforehand. There will be a brilliant raffle also on the day and they have secure many great prizes from businesses near and far.
A reminder to all members that membership money is now due which can be paid on registration days or otherwise please speak to your coaches. Players are not covered by insurance if heir membership is not paid and will not be eligible to play or train. To those who were kind enough to contribute to our fundraiser please ensure your contribution of €250 is paid immediately to avail of membership discounts
Congratulations to Abbie Burrows, Emma Walsh, Erica Larkin Power and Gillian Mullins who have been selected to represent Ballyduff Lower LGFA on the U14B County panel. Huge congratulations to the girls , ladies gaelic football is looking very bright in Waterford with 7 of our local club girls being chosen for county level over the last two years.
A superb night was had by all who attended the recent club dinner dance. A beautiful meal was followed by dancing to the sounds of The Bottle Brothers. The club would like to thank all who attended and made it such a memorable night especially for the victorious team .
Congratulations to club and county man Calum Lyons on his inclusion in the League team of the week. It is well deserved following a superb performance. The club are delighted to have such a great person in the club and know that Calum will keep his feet on the ground and continue to develop his game. Calum has also offered his assistance to the Juvenile section of the club which is unbelievable given his hectic schedule. He is a great role model to the youth of the club.
The academy section of the club is now back training on Saturday mornings in the field at 10am. This is open to boys and girls born between 01/01/2011 and 31/12/2015. They will enjoy fun and games while learning the skills of both football and hurling. The coaches have all been Garda vetted and coached. As always children in this group will play matches at their age and one year up in line with club policy and to promote fairness and development. Come along and enjoy some fun in a safe environment.
Our local community alert group recently held their AGM and were delighted to see such a crowd attend. Guest speaker on the night Mary Power from Kilmacthomas PO gave some great advice about saving money in the PO and not keeping cash in your home. She also gave the senior members of the group invaluable information about entitlements. We were also joined by Sgt.’s Mick Barry and Brendan Roche who spoke to the group about security in your home and while out and about. The sitting officers were returned to their positions so our Chairman is Albert Kearns, Secretary Linda Spillane and Treasurer MJ Healy. Our group is now recognized as the top group in the Waterford area. A reminder to anyone who is a member of our text alert scheme your €5 annual fee is now due and can be paid at our March meeting or if you see any of the committee they will also look after you. If you know of anyone else who may like to join we just need their mobile number and their €5.