Ballyduff GAA, New Letterbox and Covid 19 CC

Ballyduff GAA
The Juvenile section of the club will host an online quiz on Saturday November 21st at 7.30pm. What a fun way to pass some time in these strange times and enjoy some family fun and remember it’s not all about the winning !! To join the fun just enter on lower gaa club quiz
It is wonderful to see the U10 girls still training on Tuesday nights. It is very positive to see them and great thanks goes to their coaches and all at the LGFA for their dedication. The future loðoks very bright for Ballyduff.HD.

New Letterbox
Although we have no masses to attend in these strange times please log on to the parish Facebook page where you will find some recordings of masses as well as prayers and reflections.
A reminder that there is now a letter box on the sacristy door in Ballyduff if you would like to drop in any envelopes or correspondence for the priest. Fr. Richard and Fr. Mick 44continue to remember you in their prayers and urge you to stay safe


Please remember that if you need help in these times to get groceries, fuel or prescriptions then help us available. Also please remember to keep in touch with neighbours by phone or a shout over the gate or hedge. A simple gesture can mean everything.


Charity Calendar
If you are on the lookout for a nice calendar for yourself or as a gift then please consider purchasing the beautiful calendar produced by the Waterford/ Kilkenny branch of the Down Syndome Association. For just €10 you can enjoy this beautiful colourful and bright photo collection. Fill your months with lots of happy faces. The calendar is available in many outlets around the city and county or if you can’t find it just let me know and I will get it to you.

Our Sympathy, GAA News and Last Man Standing

Our Sympathy
WE extend our deepest sympathy to Christy O Brien, Blacknock and Biddy O Hanloaw on the recent death of their beloved sister. ,Maureen Mulvihill was a resident of McCarthyVille and formerly of Kilmovee Portlaw. We send our sympathies to all her family and friends and pray that she now rests in peace and that her family will draw some comfort from their lovely memories.


GAA News
The Juvenile Winter programme goes from strength to strength and it was great to see 50 boys and girls in the field recently and a big thank you to all the coaches for arranging. The U10/11 were out the night before and it is great to see them all keeping up the exercise and skills while doing so in a safe manner.
The academy section of the club was a scary and frightening place to be last Saturday when the pitch was invaded by ghosts and goblins and many strange looking creatures. The club is hopeful that the young people will return and these strange individuals will return to their own particular planets. While the children were unable to head out trick or treating this year the club encouraged all the groups to dress up and send their pictures on for the Facebook page. This was very popular and great fun was had. Many of the coaches dressed up and handed out some treats after training which went down very well.
What a proud day for all at the club as they watched club man Calum Lyons help Waterford to overcome Cork in the Munster Semi Final. Calum had a brilliant game and his performance and the victory has really given everyone a much needed lift and spirits are high looking forward.
The club are delighted to announce that they had a €2000 winner in the recent Deise draw which is great for both the individual involved and the club. John Stephenson takes care of the Deise draw each year for the club and they are very grateful to him for all his work.


Last Man Standing
Ballyduff AFC are now taking entries for their Last Man Standing competition which has a prize fund of €700 up for grabs you can register your name with Paddy or you can join on klubfunder. Entries need to be in by November 16th and all proceeds will go towards the dressing rooms renovation fund.


November Masses
A reminder that there will be some special masses held during the month of November for the Holy Souls and these can be viewed on the parish Facebook page. If you would like to drop the November Dead List envelope or indeed any other church envelope you can do so by placing them in the letterbox which is now at the sacristy in Ballyduff.

Silver Days, Our Sympathy and November Masses

Silver Days
Congratulations and best wishes to our local silver couple Eamonn and Marie Reade, Cullinagh who recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. This very popular couple haven’t aged a bit since their wedding day and of course they are still madly in love. I know the couple will have had plenty of help in celebrating from their children Dylan, Shauna,Shane, Alex, Liam and Jack. We wish this happy couple many more years of good health and happiness.

Our Sympathy
We extend our deepest sympathy to the Power and Corcoran families in Portlaw on the recent death of Maura Power(nee Corcoran) . Many of you will have had the pleasure of hearing Maura play the church organ for many years. I myself had the delight of singing at many funerals and weddings with Maura as my accompanist and she was always so obliging and professional. We send our condolences to her husband Tom, daughters Daphne and Fidelma, her sons Paul, Lawrence and Elton, her grandchildren Adam, Luke, Zoe, Caoimhe, Cian and Oghran and her many friends. We pray now that Maura rests in peace and that choir of angels will most certainly sing in perfect harmony with Maura there to keep them in check.
We also send our sympathies to Alice Walsh, Ballyduff on the recent death of her brother. Paddy Mellay was a resident of Kilrush, Co. Clare but formerly of Dunganstown, New Ross. His funeral mass took place in Kilrush with burial after in New Ross. We pray that Paddy now rests in peace and we send our sympathy to his family and friends.


November Masses
Normally at this time of year we are preparing for our special November masses for the dead.We are very fortunate that these masses will still go ahead and that the tradition of remembering our Holy Souls in a special way during November can continue. Masses will be shown through our parish Facebook page which can be found by searching for the Parish of Portlaw/Ballyduff page. Masses will be said from Ballyduff will be said each Tuesday and will be offered for the Holy Souls. If you have any Holy Souls lists and envelopes or indeed any other envelopes you can drop them in the letterbox near the sacristy door in Ballyduff or you can drop them into Fr.Richard.
Beginning on Monday November 2nd on Facebook Livestream at 7pm there will be a sharing of prayers, scripture and poetry in remembrance of our loved ones in heaven. This will continue each evening for nine days. The annual service of light for those who died during the year will also take place on line towards the end of November.

Dr. Martin Centre, Ballyduff GAA and Recent Deaths

Dr. Martin Centre
I received a message from the wonderful people in the Dr. Martin Day Centre in Portlaw and they would like to remind people that their services are not just for those living in the area. The centre remains open 3 days of the week but unfortunately due to Covid 19 restrictions they are unwelcome members into their building. However they would like you all to know that they are always available to offer help and support you in any way that they can and can be contacted by phone on 087-4611309. They encourage you to call if you need help and support or indeed if you are feeling lonely and just need someone to talk to. They can deliver a hot dinner to you or collect a prescription or some shopping, They are now able to deliver outside Portlaw so wherever you live help is available.
All computer classes will continue on Wednesday starting at 9.15am with Mary Curtis showing how to use the internet, how to email and the use of the smart phone. They are happy also to arrange the Emergency Response system(panic button) for you in your home. This is for anyone living alone or with health concerns. There is an excellent offer at the moment through Pobal where the first year monitoring is free and after that it is €66 per year. There is always help available at the centre so please call if you need it. A hot dinner can be delivered each day for just €7.50 but you need to ring in your order each day before 10.30am on 051 387111 or 087 4611309.
Are you interested in becoming a friend of the centre as a volunteer, if so please ring Alice Kiersey on the numbers above.

Ballyduff GAA
Our local club are looking for help from us as their local community as they strive to achieve access for all at their grounds. The club need to build a new accessible toilet unit with a baby changing area to ensure that all members of the community and visitors to the club of any age and ability can partake in excercise and utilise the facilities the club has to offer. They wish to devleop the grounds so all can share. They have opened a Go Fund me page which can be accessed through their Facebook page or indeed any committee member will help you.

A big thank you to Waterford Coaching & Co games Deise Og and especially John and Paudie for their time in coaching at the after school project over the last few weeks. It was great to see around 30 children in the field enjoying the excercise and having fun. This was a super initiative and the club were delighted to be involved. A big thank you also to all at Ballyduff NS for all their support.

The academy section of the club is really going from strength to strength with around 55 girls and boys last Saturday in the fields. Excercise and laughter under the blue skies sure what else could you ask for. The club are very grateful to all the coaches for helping out and are delighted to welcome some new faces. The Juvenile section of the club are embarking on a Winter training schedule as the season was very short this year and they have identified the need for children to participate in excercise for the good of their mental health. The days and times have been constructed so that they do not interfere in other activities children may have an interest in. The U10/11 is on Tuesdays from 6.15pm to 7.30pm, Wednesdays from 3.15pm to 4.15pm it’s the turn of the U7/8/9 and Saturdays from 10am to 11am it’s the academy section.

The club would like to express their sincere sympathy to their Juvenile Secretary Isabel O Neill on the recent death of her niece Lily May O Dwyer. Their thoughts are with both the Power and O Dwyer families.

Last Sunday evening was a very important and exciting evening for the U12 and U16 LGFA ladies. A social distancing presentation evening was held on line for these wonderful ladies who brought the County Champions title back to the club. A big thank you to RTE’s Marty Morrissey,Kevin McStay, Kerrys Colm Cooper, the 2 Johnnies and American comedian Josh Pray for giving their time to congratulate the girls. They were also joined on line by Mayo and Australian Rules footballer Cora Stauton, Dublins Siobhan Woods and Rebecca McDonnell, Waterfords Michelle Ryan, Aileen Wall, Rosie Landers, Chloe Fennell and Corks Briege Corkery for an on line panel.

The most important people on the night though were the young ladies from the LGFA section of the club who brought great pride to their club. I must say that I know a lot of these young ladies and their passion and dedication to their sport is addictive. I personally know that a lot of work and time went into giving these girls the recognition they richly deserve and a lady who will not mention her own name in any of these reports is our own Fiona Crotty Laffan. I know she had help from other individuals but Fiona gave a lot of time and work to making sure these girls had a presentation night to remember despite the restrictions of Covid 19. As an All Ireland winning footballer herself she knows all about dedication, committment but most of all she knows what its like to have real passion for a sport and so there can be no better example for these girls than the lady herself.

Recent Deaths
We extend our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Tommy Lucas Adamstown who died recently. His funeral mass and burial took place in Butlerstown. We pray that this lovely quiet unassuming gentleman now rests in peace.
We also express our sympathy to local lady Sharon Flynn, Ardeenlone on the recent death of her father John Toms. John was a resident of Claremont, Cork Road and his funeral mass took place in St. Pauls church followed by burial in Butlerstown. Our deepest sympathy to Sharon and all her family.
Our heartfelt sympathy goes to Eugene and Siobhan Power, Ballyduff House on the recent sad passing of their beloved grandaughter. Lily May O Dwyer lived in the lovely Glenmore with her parents Una and John, her sisters Emma Kate and Marie Claire and her brother Denis. I can say that I had the absolute pleasure of knowing this young lady and the only description I can give you of her was that she was beauty personified with the soul and personality to match. At the tender age of just 19 she was far too young to go but she fought a battle with her illness like no other. She showed a strength and courage way beyond her years, she had a smile always on her face, she was reassuring people rather than the other way around. In her presence everyone felt special all people were the same to her and her great love for her family was evident to all. She had a wonderful relationship with all her cousins and when they all got together there was nothing only laughter to be heard. I have no words to give that provide any reasoning for the death of someone so young but I do believe that we all come to this earth for a reason. I think we are sent to do a job and spread as much joy and happiness as we can and maybe some get the job done faster than others. Lily May certainly knew her job and she perfected it from day one. She has left us all with great example and now if each one of us is just a little bit like her every day then wow what a world we will live in. To her heartbroken family we offer our comfort and support and hope that in the hard times ahead the wonderful memories you have will bring you some peace and comfort. Go bhfanfaidh a hanam milis anois agus go n-eitlionn si go hard leis na haingil .

Our Sympathy, Birthday Boys and Your Notes

Recent Death
We were all very saddened to hear of the recent death of Keith Casey Ballyduff. Keith was predeceased by his beloved mother Ann. He is survived by his father Karl, brother Dick and sister Karan. Also mourning his loss are his brother in law Niall and sister in law Nicole and of course his beloved nieces Muireann, Aine, Kara, Scarlet and Sadie.Keith of course had made many many friends over the years and I have no doubt that they will remember him with great love and affection. Keiths funeral mass took place in St. Nichoals church , Ballyduff with burial in the adjoining cemetery. In these strange times when we are unable to attend funerals I’m sure the family were comforted by the big crowd who gathered both outside the house and outside the church as Keith was brought to his final resting place. We hope that Keith now rests in peace where pain and suffering is no more and where his mother welcomes him with open arms. May he rest in gentle peace and may his family find peace and comfort in their wonderful memories of him.

Our Sympathy
We extend our deepest sympathy to Paddy Hennebry Stonehouse on the recent death of his brother Bill. Formerly a Portlaw native, Bill resided in Castleconnell, Limerick with his wife Carla and his sons and daughters Johanna, William, Pierce, Josh and Tara. His funeral mass took place in St. Josephs church,Castleconnell with burial in the adjoining cemetery. May he now rest in peace and we offer our prayers of comfort to his family and friends


Birthday Boys

We send many happy birthday wishes to John Flynn, Ardeenlone who celebrated his 21st birthday. I’m sureJohn would have loved some major birthday celebrations but I have no doubt that he was very well looked after in the celebrating department by mam and dad Don and Sharon and sister Hannah. We hope John enjoyed his day and we wish him many more happy birthdays to come.
Another birthday boy this week was Jack Sheehan Birchdale, Kilmeaden. Jack celebrated reaching the milestone age of 90 with his proud children Michael, Lupita and Eithne along with his children and of course his great grandchildren. We send our birthday wishes to Jack and wish him many more happy birthdays and continued good health.


Your Notes
I know that there is not a lot going on at present but if you have anything you would like me to include in these notes then you can call or text me on 087 9838392 or drop me an email on Remember to keep safe and be mindful of those around you. Be kind and remember that a simple smile can brighten a day.

Birthday Girl, Church News and Ballyduff AFC

Birthday Girl

Another young lady from our parish turned the tender age of 50 in recent days. Claudia Lane would actually pass for a teenager but I have it on good authority that she is indeed 50. I have no doubt that Claudia celebrated with her family and may even have got a chef in to cook for the evening. We hope Claudia enjoyed her celebrations and we wish her many more happy birthdays to come.


Church News
Unfortunately we find ourselves back to the situation where masses have had to cancel all masses. Hopefully we will all be back together again in a couple of weeks. Anyone who had booked anniversary masses for the next couple of weeks please don’t worry as we will book another mass for you when things return to our new normal. Fr. Mick and Fr. Richard would like to assure you all of their continued prayers for all parishioners and ask that we remember them both in our prayers. If you are a Facebook user please look up the parish of Portlaw/Ballyduff page where there will be masses, rosaries, inspirational readings and quotes and an odd joke or two thrown in for good measure.

Ballyduff AFC
Even though matches etc are cancelled, the life and work of a soccer club must still go on and so I have been asked to remind you all that the clubs’ fundraising clothes collection is still running and so you are welcome to drop off your unwanted items of clothing. They can be dropped to the dressing rooms between 5pm and 8pm Monday to Thursday or on Saturdays from 10 am to 4pm. This will run until October 18th so get sorting those unwanted items.
The club are also still seeking a CE worker to assist in the maintenance of club grounds. If you are interested or know someone who may be please contact one of the following John Supple CE Supervisor on 086 2330810 or Paddy Kirk on 087 2764883


Covid 19

I know it is tough going with all these restrictions ad cancellations etc but please remain safe and protect yourself and those around you. Stay in touch with friends and neighbours through phone and text and most of all keep smiling.

Birthday Boy, Great Achievement and Recent Deaths

Birthday Boy

We send many congratulations and best wishes to Alex Foley, Ballyduff who recently celebrated his 21st birthday. Although celebrations cannot be as we would probably like them I have no doubt that Alex celebrated with his parents Sherlock and Eleanor, sister Kate and brother Conor. We wish Alex many more happy birthdays.

Great Achievement

Congratulations to Keith Millea, Newtown who recently received the news that he has been chosen to be part of the Waterford County Football panel. This is a great achievement for Keith and a just reward for his hard work and dedication. We wish Keith the very best and look forward to following his progress.

Recent Deaths
We extend our deepest sympathy to Eugene and Siobhan Power and all the Power family on the recent death of Eugene’s sister Aileen . She was a resident of Lacopple House in Fethard and her funeral mass took place in The Sacred Heart church in Killusty with burial in the adjoining cemetery. We pray that she rests in peace.
We also send our sympathies to Peggy O Shea, Ballyduff Hill and Nancy O Sullivan, Matthews Cross on the recent death of their cousin. Patrick (Patsy) Power lived in Piltown and is survived by his loving wife Peggy, his son Fergal, grandsons Zach and Max and his grandaughter Sarah and great grandaughter Ellie and his sister Mabel. Patsy’s funeral mass took place in Piltown church followed by burial in Ballyduff. We pray now that Patsys gentle soul rests in peace.

Fundraising Success
Waterford Fly Fishers are not just all about fishing, they also do a lot of brilliant work for charity. Following recent fundraising events the group were finally able to hand over a fantastic amount of €2,575. Willie Hanrahan chairman of WCCTAA presented the cheque to representatives of the Waterford/Kilkenny branch of Down Syndrome Ireland. This money will be extremely beneficial to the group and is very much appreciated.


Birthday Girl

Although I run the risk of never being spoken to again I would like to send happy birthday wishes to my own daughter Ava who turned 18 recently. I know she would have liked to celebrate in style but I’m sure she will make up for it. We still enjoyed a lovely weekend and the birthday girl was happy.

Silver Couple, Birthday Girls and Amazing Achievement

Silver Couple
We send warmest congratulations to local couple Sean and Jackie O Brien, Lahardan who recently celebrated 25 years of wedded bliss. The couple celebrated their special occasion together with a couple of days away where I am sure Sean treated his beautiful bride to some fine wine and dining. I have no doubt in the world that this popular couple will share many more happy years together.


Birthday Girls
The very popular Mary Power of Adamstown was the lady of the moment recently as she celebrated her 50th birthday. It’s very hard to believe that this young lady is 50 years old as she looks and acts more like a 21 year old. I know that Mary really enjoyed her day and the days after it I might add, knowing Mary she will pull a good year out of this one. I’m sure Mary was spoiled rotten by husband Jimmy, her daughter Rachael and her son Gavin. We wish Mary many more happy and healthy years and many more happy birthdays.
Also celebrating her 50th birthday this week was my own sister Theresa. We celebrated together as a family from a social distance of course and she was treated to a nice relaxing weekend by daughter Freya and son Eli. I can’t believe I now have three siblings in their fifties so I guess my brother Neil and I will have to keep up the youthful side of the family. We look forward to celebrating many more happy birthdays with Theresa.

Church News
A reminder that mass bookings for October, November and December are now being taken so if you would like to book an anniversary mass for your loved ones during these months please contact Linda Spillane on 087-9838392. Due to Covid restrictions we are unable to share masses at this time but don’t worry there are plenty of masses to choose from.

Ballyduff AFC.
As usual there is lots of activity at Ballyduff AFC grounds with lots of different age levels for boys and girls so if youi are interested please contact secretary Joanne King and she can steer you to where you need to be. At present the club are on the lookout for a ce worker to assist in the maintenance at their grounds. If you are on a CE scheme and are interested in this position please contact Paddy Kirk on 087 2764883 or CE Supervisor John Supple on 086 2330810


Ballyduff GAA

Due to the Covid restrictions our coaches are not allowed make their usual visits to our national school but they have come up with another plan. In partnership with Deise Og and Ballyduff NS they are providing some after school training in their pitch. The boys and girls from 1st, 2nd and 3rd classes can enjoy some great fun on Wednesdays from 3.15pm to 4.25pm. A big thank you to Dermot and Alan who represented the club along with John and Paudie from Deise Og.
A big thank you to Gerard Barron from Furniture by Penn for his generous sponsorship of all the training equipment for the clubs ladies group which takes place on Friday evenings. Without the generous support of local businesses the club would be lost so please support these businesses as much as you can.
The U10 footballers had two great wins over Erins Own and Portlaw recently with some lovely scores and defensive play. Great thanks must go to the coaches who put in such hard work and also to the parents who provide such brilliant support.
The U13 footballers put on a great display against Ballinacourty with a final scoreline of 3-8 to 3-6. This was a rip roaring game.
The U10 hurlers gave a superb performance against Na Gael in Dunhill. Na Gael fought hard but there was no stopping the Ballyduff boys who must be congratulated on a brilliant performance.
The clubs Lgfa girls are going from strength to strength with great fun being had by the U8 and U10 groups in Kildermody recently at their Lgfa blitz. A big thank you to older members Anna, Alana, Roisin, Kate and Grace for taking the role of referee. Great to see such a great interest in the sport
We will be cheering on our U16 ladies in spirit only unfortunately on October 4th as they hope to bring home another County Final win.
The club would like to thank Ronan Dunphy from the adult section of the club who came along to the field on Saturday morning to meet the young people of the club and impart some of his knowledge on them. Thank you to Sean for organising this which is a wonderful way for the young people to see the progression within the club and see that hard work and practice is very worth while. These visits will continue over the year and we thank the lads for giving up their free time to visit


Amazing Achievement

We send congratulations to local lady Maria Smith and all her staff at Aura Skin and Laser clinic who recently received a Client Experience Award in the Phorest Salon Software Awards. This is actually their 5th year winning this award which places them in an elite group of businesses. This is a wonderful boost for any business at any time but especially during this particularly challenging year. I’m sure they will celebrate their achievement as best as they can and we wish Maria and her staff continued success

Engagement Joy, Church News and County Champions

Engagement Joy
Warmest congratulations to local lady Aoife Kearns, Tigroe who said “yes” to her Prince Charming Mark Scannell as he popped the question. I am not sure if Mark rode in on a white horse, I think a nice shiny something on four wheels would be more up his street. We wish the happy couple every best wish as they plan their future lives together. I have no doubt that the couples two little Princess’s Erina and Cara will have plenty of suggestions for them.


Anniversary Celebrations
Some more loved up couples in our area have been celebrating their wedding anniversaries recently. Our local friendly Postman Denis O Donoghue celebrated 38 years of wedded bliss with his lovely wife Martina. We hope they both enjoyed a lovely day together.
Ardeenlone couple Don and Sharon Flynn celebrated 25 years of a beautiful marriage. This couple were definetly born to be together and I have no doubt that another 25 years of love and happiness are on the way. Out in front though are Ballygarron couple Tom and May McGrath who recently celebrated 57 years of a wonderful marriage. This very popular couple are still very much in love and it is rare to ever see one of them without the other. We wish them both every happiness for the future.


Church News
We will now begin to take some bookings for anniversary masses during the months of November and December. Masses can not be shared due to Covid restrictions. If you would like to book a mass for a loved one please contact Linda Spillane on 087-9838392 or spillanelinda2017@


Recent Death

We extend our deepest sympathy to the Robinson and Stephenson famllies on the recent death of Ann Robinson(nee Stephenson). Ann lived in Faithlegg but was a native of Greenhill House Kilmeaden. Anns’ funeral mass took place in Ballyduff followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. We send our deepest sympathy to all of her family and friends.


Ballyduff AFC

Ballyduff AFC are not only busy with matches and training in every division but they most also keep up the business of fundraising. One of their initiatives proved very popular last time round so they are going to roll it out again. Clearing out those closets and wardrobes can be very beneficial but where do you drop your unwanted clothes items too. For your convieniance you can drop them to Ballyduff AFC grounds for their fundraising clothes collection. Drop them off during the week from Monday to Friday from 6pm to 9pm or on a Saturday or Sunday from 11am to 5pm. Please drop them to the dressing room and obey all the guidelines.

Ballyduff GAA

Our club have been kept busy with many games at all levels. A big thank you to Brian Hearne who sends me on information each week. The U12 footballers had a very convincing win over John Mitchells on home turf. This bunch are doing really well and always give 100%. Our minors were in hard luck against Clan Na Gael but battled right to the very end and were missing 3 of their starters which was a pity. The U9’s battled to show great character against St. Saviours. It was great to see them enjoy the game so much and a big thank you to all the parents for the encouragement. Our U7 footballers had great fun at a football blitz in Rathgormack and the group were described as tenacious which is indeed a compliment. We were in hard luck in the Intermediate football to draw with Tramore but failed to qualify for the semi finals. A big thank to this team and their coaches for such a great effort all year and for the entertainment .The U11 division one footballers had a good win over Tramore in a game that was great to watch with end to end football. They played like a real team and the standard was excellent..With great defending and some lovely scores, they are really holding their own in the premier division and the future looks bright. The club are very proud of the U12 Lgfa girls who returned home from Ballysaggart as County Champion. This was a super achievement and a big congratulations to all the team, coaches and parents for being so supportive. The club would like to thank Fiona for all the photos and match updates on the day. The girls keep going as the U 16 Lgfa girls came out on top in an epic battle with Tramore. In an open free flowing game they were down 4-06 to 4-03 at half time. With just 5 minutes to go Tramore were 8-08 up to 5-07 but the girls finished like a well oiled machine and found the net 3 times to finally win by 2 points .The County Final is fixed for October and the club wishes them the best. The ladies group is going from strength to strength with lots of exercise and plenty of fun. They now meet in the field at the new time of 8pm every Friday night and if you are interested just drop along and chat to the girls.. A big thank you to the three coaches Jack, Dermot and Fiona who guested and gave great advice. Unfortunately Waterford is in the top 5 for cases of Covid in the past two weeks. As a club everyone must work together to keep our efforts up and abide the regulations. We ask you to follow health guidelines, complete return to play before each session/match and keep each other safe.

County Champions

I had the absolute pleasure this week of transporting two County Champions to school, actually I also got to bring the twinning plaque to school also .The young ladies of our U12 Lgfa team brought great excitement and pride to our area last week as we awaited news of their County Final meeting with Balysaggart.. This was a thrilling game from start to finish with a final score of Ballyduff 3-07 to Ballysaggart 1-9. What a fantastic achievement by these young ladies and we are all very proud of them. I have the pleasure also of playing a small little part in 2 of these young ladies lives and I got a very detailed report on the game and celebrations. The best part of all this for me listening to Makayla and Sarah was the delight and excitement in both their faces as they relived every kick of the ball and every score won. This shows what pride and dedication they have in their sport. After the game they were treated to a McDonalds and then it was off for a drive around both Kilmeaden and Portlaw for the traditional honking of horns and waving of flags. I am so proud of these girls and urge you all to get those flags out for our U16 girls who now face into their County Final .

Community Reassurance, Climb Onboard and Local Success

Recent Death

We extend our deepest sympathy to Jay Dowdall Tigroe on the recent death of his mother. Philo Dowdall nee Shanahan was a resident of Scrahan Kilmacthomas. She is predeceased by her husband Frank. She will be deeply missed by her sons Gerard and Jay and daughter Esme, her grandchildren, great grandchildren and all her relatives and friends. The funeral mass was celebrated in All Saints Church, Newtown followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. May her gentle soul rest in peace.

Anniversary Couple

We send warm wishes and congratulations to local couple Derek and Fiona Laffan, Ballyduff who recently celebrated their 26th wedding anniversary. I’m sure this lovely couple celebrated their special day with their children Ciara, Danny and Shane. I have no doubt that Derek treated his wife to a nice romantic drive or perhaps there was a bicycle made for two thrown into the mix. We wish them both every happiness for the future and many more years of wedded bliss.


Community Reassurance.
Our local garda would like to reassure us all that they are always available to offer assistance and support during this Covid 19 pandemic. You can contact Tramore Garda on 051 391620.
Our friends in the Garda station in Kilmacthomas would like to let you know that the station will now open to the public from 4pm to 6pm Monday to Saturday


Climb Onboard
It is wonderful to see so many people availing of the lovely amenities in our area. One of these of course is the Waterford Suir Valley Railway. They will continue to operate 5 trips per day until November 1st. The train departs from the station in Kilmeaden on the hour from 11am to 3pm. You can book your private compartment on Climb onboard and enjoy your trip taking in some of the most beautiful scenery in the county.


Local Success
I was delighted to read a very interesting article recently put together by RTE’s Fiona Alston. In her boost my business column she looks at how companies are affected by Covid 19 and what they are trying to do to return to normality. Featuring in the article was the great family run business Furniture by Penn. This business has stood the test of time from 1973 and has seen many changes over the years. At the helm is Gerard Barron and his wife Aileen and together they worked hard to keep this business improving and have met every challenge they have been faced with. Gerard whose late father started the business is very proud of the fact that all materials are sourced locally therefore supporting those around him.
The company specialise in making bespoke furniture for both homes and businesses. With this company you get the full package from design, manufacture and full installation service. When Covid 19 forced them to close down in March. They started an e-commerce offering and took to social media to let us all know they were still in production. They also started to design and develop some freestanding furniture. The company look forward to the future and we all wish them many more years of success and more importantly enjoyment in their place of work.


Ballyduff AFC
The 11th Terry Butler Cup game was played recently and I am delighted to report that Ballyduff regained the cup in a very entertaining game . The roll call is now 6-5 in our favour and the club would like to say a big thank you to the Portlaw club who come to take part each year and make it one of the highlights of the club year. A big thank you also to the Butler family who always make themselves available for the game and presentation of the cup. Terrys legacy lives on in the club and the dedication and commitment he gave will never be forgotten.
A big thank you to Damien and Majella Hennessy in Gala Kilmeaden who presented the Division 4 team with a set of new tops for the new season. It is wonderful to see local businesses supporting clubs and groups and we ask you to show your support to these businesses.

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.