Ballyduff AFC, GAA News and Church News

Ballyduff AFC

Ballyduff AFC recently held their AGM and Chairman Paddy Kirk announced that would be stepping down from his Chairman duties but intended to remain very much involved in the club. I was delighted that Paddy allowed me to write an article about him you can find this piece within the paper this week hopefully. Jason King was voted in as Chairman with Eoin Leane taking the Vice Chairpersons position. Joanne King takes the position of Secretary and we hope she doesnt get too much hassle from the Chairman. Aedin Foran takes the job as Treasurer. We wish the committee the very best and urge you all to continue to support your local clubs.

The clubs FAI Summer camp was a huge success and the good weather was very welcome. The coaches were a big hit with all taking part and the club extend a big thank you to helpers Shane, Jack, Ben, Cian and Hannah who were excellent. A big thank you also to FAI coach Gary Power for all his support.


GAA News
It is wonderful to see games going ahead again and well done to all attending matches and training sessions for adhereing to all the Covid 19 restrictions.

The club will recommence their club lotto and hope that everyone will support their fundraising efforts. Tickets will be on sale at Centra but you can also play from the comfort of your own home by downloading the Clubforce app . This is the clubs only fundraising facility at the moment so please support if possible.


Church News

Weekend masses continue with strict Covid 19 restrictions in place and well done to all who are helping out with this. There are two masses on Saturdays at 10am and 7.30pm and on Sunday mornings at 9.30am. There are still no bookings of anniversary masses being taken but once we get back to normal I will let you know about bookings through these notes .

Our Sympathy, Church News and Ballyduff AFC

Our Sympathy

We extend our deepest sympathy to Kay and Josie Whelan, Knockaderry and Mamie Crowley, Ballyduff on the recent death of their brother Tony Whelan who resided in Slieverue. Tony was an ex employee of Portlaw Bakery. Tony is predeceased by his wife Gertie and is survived by his daughters Helena and Trudie, his grandchildren and great grandchildren. May Tony now rest in peace.

 


Church News

It is so nice to be back at weekend mass and meeting with the community. Weekend masses take place on Saturday morning at 10am and Saturday evening at 7.30pm and then on Sunday mornings at 9.30am.

I have had a few enquiries about the booking of anniversary masses. There are no mass bookings at the

moment but the minute I am given the go ahead I will let you all know.


GAA News

The good news is that the club are delighted to return to their club lotto on Saturday August 1st. This is the clubs only fundraising facility at the moment so they would really appreciate your support. Tickets will be on sale at Centra as usual but you can also play on online by downloading the Clubforce app. Support your local club and also chance your luck, you could be the lucky winner.

 


Ballyduff AFC

Best of luck to all at Ballyduff AFC who will this week welcome the boys and girls to their annual Summer Camp.

We hope that they all enjoy all the fun and activities in the fantastic grounds at Ballyduff AFC.

 


Notes

As many clubs and organisations begin to return to their activities it is important to let people know. I am happy to tell people for you through these notes so please just contact me Linda Spillane on 087 9838392 or spillanelinda2017@gmail.com or indeed stop me out and about and we’ll have a social distance conversation. These notes are also a wonderful way to send wishes for special birthdays, anniversaries, engagements, weddings etc so let me know about that special occasion.

Place of Beauty, Church News and A True Angel

Place of Beauty

We are really blessed in our area to have so many places of beauty to visit and enjoy. One of these places is the beautiful Fairbrook House where you can enjoy a peaceful stroll around the stunning gardens and visit the contemporary Arts Museum. The gardens are open from Monday to Sunday from 11.30am to 4pm. For more information please contact Clary on 051-384657 or artmastenbrock@gmail.com

 


GAA News
The club are absolutely delighted to see the academy section of the club back and are thrilled to hear the sounds of the children laughing and chatting happily. Well done to all the boys and girls who followed all the Covid 19 restrictions out without a problem.

Club membership is now due for all groups using the field. Forms can be downloaded @GAA.ie or can be got from any of the coaches. Alternatively most memberships can be paid on the CLUBFORCE app

 


Ballyduff AFC

Ballyduff AFC are delighted to welcome some of the teams back to training and appeal to all coaches, players and parents to observe the Covid protocal and to be careful. Sincere thanks goes to Jenny and Joanne who have worked really hard to make sure everything is in place for our return to training.

Ballyduff Soccer Club will host their Summer Soccer Camp from July 27th and you can book by using the following link

https://www.klubfunder.com/Clubs/BallyduffAFC

The cost for your first child is €55, the second is €40 and your third child is free.

The club would like to congratulate and send best wishes to former player Shane McDonnell who took on a 42 day running challenge to raise much needed funds for two great charities, The Saint Vincent De Paul Society and The Alzheimers Society. I believe Shane has had a brilliant response to his challenge and is very grateful for all the support.

 


Church News

The young boys and girls of the parish are delighted to finally have the dates for their Confirmation and Holy Communion. The Sacrament of Confirmation will take place on Friday August 21st at 12 noon in Portlaw church and Holy Communion day will be on Friday August 14th at 12 noon in Ballyduff Church.

 


A True Angel

We were all certainly lost for words last week when news spread of the death of Gwen Murray of Ardeenlone. At just the tender age of 51 Gwen fought her battle with her illness for the previous couple of years. She fought with great strength and courage and always remained upbeat. Her true focus at all times was her family and her only wish was to be at home with her husband John and her children Ben and Abbie. There was never any doubt how much she loved and cared for them all and their home was full of friendship, love and happiness.

Gwen was originally from Cherry Terrace, Lisduggan and is survived by her sisters Karen, Annmarie, Laura, Paula, Jennifer and Michelle. It was lovely to watch all of Gwen’s sisters stay up with her as she was brought home from the Undertakers. It was lovely to get a little insight into how life must have been with seven girls in the family, I’m sure there was many an interesting conversation but no doubt they will remain within the sister code.

Gwen left us way too soon but while she was here she taught us so much, she taught us that above all family must always come first. She showed us strength, courage, patience and dignity. She was a beautiful soul. When I see a rainbow I will think of her love of colour and brightness, when I see the sun I will feel the warmth of her smile, our lives were enriched by knowing her and we are grateful that she left us with so many beautiful memories. May her sweet gentle soul now rest where there is no more pain or sickness and every day is full of sunshine and rainbows.


Our Sympathy
We extend our deepest sympathy to the Aulsberry family on the death of Nicholas Aulsberry. A native of Blacknock, Nicholas was a retired Battalion Quartermaster Sergeant. He stood down in 2005 after many years service to the Irish Army. Nicholas was a long time resident of Kilcullen, Co. Kildare. He served a 43 year career in the Defence Forces which included 10 overseas trips. We extend our deepest sympathy to all the Aulsberry family.

Place of Beauty, GAA News and Ballyduff AFC

Place of Beauty

We are really blessed in our area to have so many places of beauty to visit and enjoy. One of these places is the beautiful Fairbrook House where you can enjoy a peaceful stroll around the stunning gardens and visit the contemporary Arts Museum. The gardens are open from Monday to Sunday from 11.30am to 4pm. For more information please contact Clary on 051-384657 or artmastenbrock@gmail.com

 


GAA News
The club are absolutely delighted to see the academy section of the club back and are thrilled to hear the sounds of the children laughing and chatting happily. Well done to all the boys and girls who followed all the Covid 19 restrictions out without a problem.

Club membership is now due for all groups using the field. Forms can be downloaded @GAA.ie or can be got from any of the coaches. Alternatively most memberships can be paid on the CLUBFORCE app

 


Ballyduff AFC

Ballyduff Soccer Club will host their Summer Soccer Camp from July 27th and you can book by using the following link

https://www.klubfunder.com/Clubs/BallyduffAFC

The cost for your first child is €55, the second is €40 and your third child is free.

The club would like to congratulate and send best wishes to former player Shane McDonnell who took on a 42 day running challenge to raise much needed funds for two great charities, The Saint Vincent De Paul Society and The Alzheimers Society. I believe Shane has had a brilliant response to his challenge and is very grateful for all the support.

Diamond Couple, Virtual Graduation and Church News

Diamond Couple.

We send warm wishes and congratulations to well known local couple Eugene and Siobhan Power, Ballyduff House who recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. This lovely couple celebrated this fantastic milestone with their family and I have no doubt that a lovely time was had by all. We wish Eugene and Siobhan many more happy and healthy years of wedded bliss. Comhghairdeas ar 60 bliain de phosadh iontach.

 


Hall AGM

Ballyduff Community Centre will hold their AGM in Ballyduff Community Centre on Tuesday August 11th at 8pm. Due to the Covid 19 and the current climate numbers will be limited. If you are interested in attending or would like some more information please contact Siobhan on 087-8237866.


Virtual Graduation
We say a huge congratulations to all the young men and women from 6th class in Ballyduff NS who recently celebrated their graduation on line. On Thursday June 25th each student was treated to a superbly put together video by their teacher John Carey. The video contained many photos from their primary school years along with messages from all their teachers, Fr. O Halloran, Fr. O Byrne, their music teacher, cycling instructor and would you believe a message from Bono! I was honoured to get a look at this video and I must say that John Carey really went above and beyond the call of duty and really made the 6th class graduation very special indeed. We wish all these young people the very best as they prepare for secondary school.

 


Church News

I apologise that the details about mass times was incorrect in my notes last week but unfortunately the details changed when my notes had already gone for print. There are no weekend masses back yet but this week there will be mass on both Monday and Friday mornings at 10am and on Thursday evening at 7.30pm.

 


GAA News

Our local GAA club are delighted to be back into training and meeting all the club members back and of course are always happy to welcome new faces. There are many different age groups to suit everyone.

The club will host their annual Cul Camp from August 24th to August 28th. Online bookings can be made on kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie

It is great to see all our young ladies back to their training schedule. The LGFA cater for different age groups with the U12’s training on Saturdays from 11am to 12 noon, the U14’s on Tuesdays from 6.15pm to 7.15pm and the U16’s on Saturdays from 11am to 12 noon.

 


Ballyduff AFC

Our local soccer club will host their soccer camp from July 27th and you can register and pay by going onto the link which appears on their facebook page, it is https://www.klubfunder.com/Clubs/Ballyduff_AFC

Take a look at their Facebook page and see the many photos they have from days gone by. It is great to see some of the big names from days past. Well done to the club for keeping us entertained with all these photos.


Your Notes

Slowly but surely things are gradually getting back to normal. Please let people know about your club or group activities by contacting me and I can include it in these notes. You can contact me on 087 9838392 or drop me an email on spillanelinda2017@gmail.com or go mad and write it down and drop it in my letterbox or indeed lets go mad altogether and have a chat if we meet each other out and about.

GAA News, Church News and Moment of Solidarity

GAA News

Our local GAA club are delighted to announce that they are back in action for all age groups. Many changes have been made to ensure everyones safety. The coaches for each group will have all the details you need. The club are looking forward to getting back to training and games and welcoming the community back.

A special mention must go to all who volunteered for the Covid 19 support action group. The sense of community was amazing as the club helped out people in need of support. It showed as always that the club is community based and community led.


Church News

The following is a message from our Parish Priest Fr. Richard O Halloran:

Friends we look forward to welcoming you all back to your church for our Eucharistic celebrations. We ask that parishioners follow the simple pieces of advice provided as they enter the Church from hand sanitation to marked seating to social distancing etiquette.

For the duration of the Co-vid 19 crisis, the following is the schedule of masses for Portlaw/Ballyduff from June 29th 2020. They will be reviewed on a monthly basis

Please take note of changes to certain mass times and the extra masses on Saturday mornings.

Portlaw
Tuesday 7.30pm

Wednesday 10am

Saturday 11.30am and 6pm

Sunday 11am.

Ballyduff
Thursday 7.30pm

Friday 10am

Saturday 10am and 7.30pm

Sunday 9.30am
Saturday morning masses are extra weekend masses and will be for parishioners over 70 years of age and a member or two of their families. This is not to make them feel more isolated than they may already feel but just to offer them a comfortable assured space as they attend Curch in what continues to be worrying times. Of course they are free to attend any mass they wish.

No weekend anniversary masses will be offered for the time being and individual baptisms will be celebrated until further notice. Basket collections will not take place during mass but we simply ask for people to use the boxes provided in our church porches as they enter or leave the Church to make their weekly contribution.s

Could we also make an appeal for weekly and Easter priest collection envelopes to be returned at peoples convenience and I thank those who have already done so.
See You All Very Soon
Fr. Richard O Halloran.

 


Moment of Solidarity

A big well done to our friends from the Portlaw Community Alert group who organised a book of condolences at Portlaw Garda Station for Detective Garda Colm Horkan. The group made sure that all Covid 19 restrictions were adhered to. Garda Horkan was shot down in the line of duty and this was a shark reminder to us all of the risks taken by our Garda as they head out to work each day. It was a beautiful moment of solidarity as the large crowd gathered at Portlaw Garda Station and stood for a minutes silence with Sergeant Deirdre O Neill and Garda Brian Quirke

 


Your Notes

Slowly but surely we are starting to return to some kind of normal so let people know what is happening within your club or group by contacting me and I will let people know through these notes. You can contact me Linda Spillane on 087-9838392 or spillanelinda2017@gmail.com or indeed stop me for a chat(social distancing of course)

Gentle Mother, New Entrance and Suir valley Railway

Gentle Mother

We extend our deepest sympathy to Niamh Larkin, Powersknock on the recent death of her beloved mother. Eleanor Morrissey(nee Conlon) formerly of Boatstrand and 121 The Quay was a resident of Greenhill Nursing Home for the past few years. Eleanor is predeceased by her husband Martin and her daughter Cait. She is survived by her sons Conor and Walter and her daughters Roisin, Maire, Niamh and Brigid, her daughter in law Bernie and sons in law Ned and Tony, her brothers Brendan and Tommy and of course her adoring grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Although I can’t say I had the pleasure of knowing Eleanor personally I have been in the company of her family many times and heard their lovely stories of their childhood and I have witnessed that beautiful strong bond they all have and that is now evident in the next generation. Things like that don’t just happen, it is passed on by example so I have no doubt that Eleanor and her late husband Martin were the beacons of love and kindness, leading their family down the path of life. They also gave them a wonderful love of our national language, a great appreciation of music and song and that great gift of hospitality. I know that all these traits will carry on through the generations of this family for many years to come. We offer our prayers for Eleanor and her grieving family and hope that their wonderful memories will help them in the future. Go bhfanfaidh a hanam milis i suaimhneas agus go gcumhdoidh a guth leis na haingil neamhai.


Recent Death
We extend our sympathies to the Brennan and Harney families on the recent death of Joan Brennan(nee Harney) late of Terenure, Dublin and also a former resident of Ballyduff. We pray that she now rests in peace.

 


New Entrance

It is wonderful to see all the work which is taking place on the new entrance to the Greenway at the top of Matthews Cross. This will be a fantastic facility in our area and will also bring many visitors into our area. The workmen say that all works should be completed within the next few weeks so we look forward to being able to enter the Greenway safely and securely and visiting the many beautiful places in our area.


Suir Valley Railway

The people at Waterford Suir Valley Railway have been busy painting and planting flowers etc and are very excited about welcoming passengers from July 1st. They have issued a colourful and informative brochure giving all details and notice of special events. You can pick up a brochure from the station or from local shops etc. The Whistlestop cafe is well stocked with lots of refreshments and tasty treats or you are welcome to bring a picnic. You are guaranteed a wonderful experience so come along and bring a friend. You can get in contact by phoning 051-384058 or check out their website wsvrailway.ie

Clothes Collection, Glamorous Granny and Back to Work

Recent Death

We extend our deepest sympathy to the Power family on the death of Peter Power, Ardeenlone. Peter was a quiet unassuming gentleman and a great friend to our church. Peter is survived by his brother Thomas, cousins, relatives and friends. We pray that Peter now rests in peace. Ar Dheis De Go Raibh Se.

 


Clothes Collection

Ballyduff AFC are continuing their charity clathes collection and bags can be dropped off at the club dressing rooms on Saturday between 12 noon to 6pm. As well as clothes you can also include curtains, bed linen, towels and blankets. I’m sure you’ve all been busy while spending time at home clearing out wardrobes and hot presses, so this is your perfect opportunity to get rid of those excess items.


Glamorous Granny

Warm congratulations to Mary Larkin, the very popular lady on the Deli in Gala who recently welcomed her first grandchild into the world. Baby Daryl arrived safe and sound much to the delight of his proud parents and of course grandparents Mary and Thomas Larkin. I was priveleged to get to have a little look at a photo of Daryl and he is a very handsome chap indeed. I have no doubt that we will see him threading the boards with Portlaw Musical Society in years to come. We welcome baby Daryl and wish him a wonderful life.

 


Back To Work.
Many people are now returning back to their workplaces and we wish them the very best of luck. Work will not be the same as it was but keeping safe and well is all that matters. We also send good wishes to all the business owners who are reopening after a difficult and worrying period. We ask everyone to be patient and to follow all instructions and guidelines. Remember also whenever possible to support local businesses as we all help each other to return to some kind of normality.

Birthday Girl, Ladies Making Headlines and Graveyard Rubbish

Birthday Girl
We wish a very happy birthday to Mrs. Bridget Morrissey, Ballyduff West who will be 90 years young on Saturday June 13th. Mrs. Morrissey is a very popular and much loved lady in our community and I’m sure you all join with me in wishing her a very happy birthday. Unfortunately celebrations will have to be put on hold but I have no doubt that the family will still make the day very special. This great lady is not only a mother, grandmother and great grandmother but she also a great great grandmother. We wish Mrs. Morrissey continued good health and many more happy birthdays.

 


Ladies making headlines.

Flicking through Facebook during the week it was nice to see two familiar faces looking back at me. The Waterford Womens and schoolgirls league were highlighting some of their players. Two local Ballyduff AFC girls feature in the U12 Development Squad. Midfielder Robyn Fletcher was descibed as a midfield maestro while Laura Carlin is rightly called a stylish defender.Both girls were quizzed about their favourite players,teams etc so it was nice to learn a little more about these young players. Both girls have had a wonderful year with both the league and with their club. Unfortunately sports have been put on hold but I’m sure that is not holding these ladies back and there is many a game being played in the garden and many skills being perfected. Watch out when they get back out onto the pitch.

 


Graveyard Rubbish

On my latest visit to our beautifully kept graveyard I noticed some people had dumped some old wreaths down in the corner of the new graveyard. Please bring a bag with you when visiting and take home any old wreaths etc with you which can be easily disposed of in your compost bin. We have a very well kept graveyard which is maintained brilliantly by the wonderful Michael Jnr Power and many visitors comment on how well it looks. We must all play our part in keeping it this way so please remember that there are no dumping facilities there.


Notes

If you have any items which you would like me to include in these notes please contact me to give me the details. You can email me on spillanelinda2017@gmail.com or you can call or text me on 087 9838392.

GAA News, Mount Congreve and Retirement

GAA News

Ballyduff Lower GAA club like everyone else are looking forward to getting back to hurling and football but until that can happen they encourage all their members to keep up their skills at home and to practice regularly. There are plenty of challenges and ideas on their Facebook page so take a look and challenge yourself.

A reminder to you all that the GAA grounds remain closed due to the ongoing restrictions so please do not enter the grounds as you will not be insured.

The dates for the annual Cul Camp have been changed to August 24th to 28th so keep an eye out for further details.

 


Mount Congreve

We are delighted to hear that our beautiful local gardens at Mount Congreve will open their gates again to visitors from June 9th. Of course there will be certain conditions. Visitors will need to be living within 20km and all tickets will need to be purchased beforehand through the link on their facebook page or website. The gardens will be open from Tuesday to Sunday inclusive from 10am to 5.30pm with last entry at 4pm. Thursday will be especially dedicated to those who are cocooning.

It has been lovely watching some on line videos of the gardens but now we will be able to enjoy the scent of the flowers, the sounds of the birds, the soft touch of the foliage in person. The cafe will be open for takeaway teas and coffees and sandwiches but there will be a queuing system and all Covid 19 restrictions will be in place.

 


Clothes Collection

If you have been busy clearing out wardrobes and hot presses and wondering where you are going to put all the unwanted items then don’t worry I have the perfect solution. Our local soccer club are hosting a charity clothes collection. You can drop your bags to Ballyduff AFC grounds on Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday between 12 noon and 6pm. The dresing rooms will be open for the bags and we ask that you obey all the restrictions connected with Covid 19 and drop and leave. Please support this charity endeavour.


Retirement

We wish the very best to Michael Joy and all involved with Kilmacthomas Service Station in our neighbouring Kilmac who have decided to cease trading. You were always treated to a friendly greeting and a chat when you pulled in and it was lovely to get that personal greeting. We wish Michael and all the Joy family the very best for the future and thank them for their many years of dedicated service.

 


Your Notes

If you would like to include anything in these notes then please contact me by a thursday of each week. You can contact me on 087 9838392 or spillanelinda2017@gmail.com

In the Diocese of Waterford and Lismore in the southeast of Ireland, Ballyduff and Kilmeaden are about 23 miles from Dungarvan and 5 miles from Waterford.