Volunteer needed, School Mass and School News

GAA News
The academy group are kept very busy with matches and training. The organisers would like to wish all the children a happy and productive year back at school and wish all the Junior Infants who started school this year a very happy year. If you parents are looking for some fun activities for the children to take part in why not bring them along to the pitch in Kildermody for academy training on Wednesday evenings at 6.15pm and Saturday mornings at 10.30am. The group cater for boys and girls up to the age of 10 years and training includes both hurling and football. New members are always welcome.
Hard luck to our intermediate hurlers who bowed out of the championship last week. This was their first year at this level and they reached the quater final stage and were unlucky not to progress further. Great praise is due to all the players and all involved with the club, their efforts are a real credit to their club and community.


Volunteer Needed
Do you live in the areas of Knockaderry, Carrigphilip or Carriganure? Would you like to host the Autumn station in your home for your area? If you would like to volunteer please contact me Linda Spillane on 087-9838392 and Fr.O Byrne will arrange a suitable date with you for during the month of October. If nobody comes forward the mass will be held in the church. The station masses are a lovely tradition and are a lovely opportunity for friends and neighbours to come together and offer their special intentions to God.


School Mass.
To celebrate the beginning of the new school year there will be a special mass on Friday September 15th at 10am to ask for Gods blessing on all the pupils and students for the coming year. Everyone is welcome to come along and join in this mass.


School News.
Ballyduff N.S has now reopened its doors and classes have resumed. We wish all the students and teachers a wonderful, happy and healthy year. We welcome in all the new Junior Infants and hope they settle in nicely. We also welcome two new teachers to our school, Mr.Pauric Stapleton and Ms.Lorraine Ryan and we hope they enjoy their new positions.


Match Disappointment
Although we are heartbroken that we were unable to bring the Liam McCarthy cup home we are thrilled to have made it to the All Ireland Final. The team and management can hold their heads up high as they put up a great fight and treated the crowds to a fantastic display of hurling. Their dedication and committment to the game and their county was outstanding and I’m sure they were deeply moved by the crowds who lined the streets of Waterford to welcome their heroes back home. They have given the Waterford supporters a brilliant Summer full of joy and excitement. Young and old spoke of the game and games gone past. However even though the team put in a huge effort it just wasn’t our day and we were narrowly beaten by Galway. We will live on to see another day and I have no doubt that this present team and management will win an All Ireland title.

Ballyduff AFC News, Church News and Wedding Delight.

GAA Lotto.
The four numbers drawn in the last lotto draw were 7,16,17 and 22. There was no winner of the jackpot. The three lucky dip winners of €50 each were Mary Power, Kathleen Power and The Sweep Gang. The next draw will take place on September 10th and will have a fantastic jackpot of €8150 up for grabs. Tickets are €2 each or 3 for €5. They are on sale from committee members and will be on sale on Saturday September 9th outside Centra all day. Get your tickets and choose your four numbers carefully and the jackpot could be yours.


Ballyduff AFC News.
Ballyduff AFC are continuing their clothes collection for the month of September so if you fancy clearing out those closets then you can drop your unwanted clothes, towels, bed linen, curtains, shoes, bags, belts and soft toys to the clubhouse any evening Monday to Friday from 6pm or contact Jenny on 086-8605930 to organise collection. All money raised goes directly back into the club to provide the best possible facilities for all its members.
The Terry Butler Cup Final will take place on Sunday September 10th in Portlaw at 11am. The Under 11 teams from Ballyduff and Portlaw will compete for the honour of lifting the Terry Butler Cup. Terry was indeed a man who was very proud of his club and gave many years of dedication and committment to the club and so it is fitting that this great man be honoured in this way.


Church News.
Weekly adoration of the blessed sacrament takes place every Tuesday from 12 noon to 7pm. You are invited to drop in for a few minutes or longer at any stage of the day and spend some quiet time with the blessed sacrament.
If you are interested in putting your name down to read at the weekend masses from time to time then please contact myself Linda Spillane on 087-9838392.
On Sunday morning a team of volunteers visit parishioners who are sick or housebound and unable to get to mass and bring them holy communion. If you know of someone who would like to avail of this service please contact Fr.Mick or leave their name into the sacristy. This service is available for someone with a short term illness as well as long term ailments.


Wedding Delight.
We send our warmest congratulations to Tracy Power, Raheen on her recent marriage to Marcus Fearon. We hope the happy couple enjoyed their beautiful wedding day and wish them and their gorgeous little girl Maisie many years of happiness in their future lives together.

Cycle Success, Up the Deise and Back To School

Golden Couple.
We send warm congratulations to Billy and Ann Flanagan, Amberhill who recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. A little bird told me the news the other day and no Billy, it wasn’t a pigeon!! I’m sure Billy serenaded Ann with a song or two and maybe a waltz or two also. We wish this popular couple many more years of happiness.


Cheque Presentation
On July 16th the Kilmeaden Vintage Tractor club celebrated their 10th annual tractor run followed by a barbeque, old time threshing, birds of prey and live music from John O Shea back at Haughtons. It was certainly one of the days that sticks out in my mind from the Summer. The weather was glorious and the atmosphere was electric. Of course this wasn’t all just for fun, they run this tractor run each year to help raise funds for The Solas Centre. On Friday night last in Haughtons the group presented a cheque to The Solas Centre for €6,600.50. What a fantastic amount and a huge well done to the organisers, all who took part and all who supported.


A Place To Remember.
If you have ever taken a walk or a jog around Knockaderry Lake then chances are you met or had a conversation with the late Willie(Melvey) Murphy, Lord have mercy on his gentle soul. Willie was what I would describe as a lovable rogue and could literally charm the birds out of the trees. He had a great love of nature and animals and his home by the lake was his castle. He loved chatting to people and listening to their story and loved a good laugh. On Tuesday evening last I attended a beautiful little ceremony where a memorial plaque was unveiled in Willies memory. This plaque was erected by Willies neighbours and friends and a great crowd attended to watch Fr.O Byrne bless this plaque by the lake. We enjoyed a lovely cup of tea and some beautiful home baking afterwards and I have no doubt that Willie was there in spirit. As you take your walk or jog around the lake now maybe stop for a minute at “Willies Place” and think of him and take a minute out of the busy day to take in the beauty that surrounds you just like Willie did. Rest in peace Willie you will never be forgotten.


Cycle Success
A big well done to all the ladies and gentlemen from our area who took part in The Sean Kelly Tour cycle. The conditions were very unsuitable with wind and rain for most of the route but they battled on and overcame the challenge. I hope they are all rested now and ready for the next challenge.


Up The Deise.
Well done to all our local businesses and homeowners for decorating our parish in our Waterford colours. It is wonderful to see such pride in our county and it is heartwarming to hear the excitement in the voices of young and old as they speak about the match. If you havent had time to decorate yet dont worry there is still time. May I give a special mention to Tony O Leary, Tom Whelan and Michael Jnr Power who I saw the other day decorating the roundabout with flags and bunting.


Back To School
I know I am going to be very unpopular for mentioning the “school” word but unfortunately the Summer holidays must end sometime. I would like to wish all those returning to playschool, national school, secondary school and college the very best for the year ahead and hope that they enjoy a happy and safe year. A mention to for all the teachers and school staff members who are also returning and we wish them a happy and productive year.


Take Note
Clubs and organisations will begin to resume their activities in the coming weeks so if you would like to let people know about these then please contact me Linda Spillane on 087-9838392 or spillanelinda2017@gmail.com or indeed stop me if you see me out and about, the notebook is always in the car. Any news of weddings, engagements, significant birthdays, new babies we’ll report it all just shout!

Our Sympathy, Great Success and Use It or Loose It.

GAA Lotto
The numbers drawn in the latest GAA lotto draw were 1, 3, 20 and 21 but there was no lucky winner of the jackpot. The three lucky dip winners of €50 each were Kathleen Cheasty, Michael Walsh and Mairead Whelan. The next draw will take place on August 27th and will have a fantastic jackpot of €8000. Tickets are just €2 or 3 for €5 and are on sale from club members and will be on sale all day outside Centra on Saturday August 26th. All you have to do is choose those four lucky numbers wisely and you could be off on a shopping spree.


Our Sympathy
We extend our deepest sympathy to Tommy Keegan, Stonehouse and John Keegan, Lacka Road on the recent tragic death of their nephew Johnny Fleming who resided in Skough, Carrick-on-Suir. Johnnys removal and funeral mass took place in St.Patricks church, Faugheen and he was laid to rest in the adjoining graveyard. We offer our support and prayers to all the Keegan and Fleming families and we pray that Johnny now enjoys the peace and comfort of Gods heavenly kingdom.

Great Success
The organisers of the 6th annual SE2 sponsored Liz Hayes Memorial Fun Run/Walk would like to thank everyone who came along to take part and also to all who helped them out on the night in any way. They were delighted to welcome Liz’s brother James home for the event and thank him for being on hand to start the race and also present all the individual prizes. 93 runners and 20 walkers took part and a great evening was had by all.
Clothes Collection

If you are having a Summer clear out of those wardrobes and hot presses and wondering what you will do with all those unwanted clothes, bed linen, towels, curtains,shoes, bags, belts and soft toys, well I may have the answer for you. Ballyduff AFC are having a clothes collection to raise much needed funds for the continued development of its club and its members. You can bring your bagged items along to the soccer grounds any evening between Monday and Friday between the hours of 7pm and 8.30pm when training is taking place. If you have items but need them collected just text Jenny on 086-8605930 to arrange collection.


Match Delight
Waterford city and county is buzzing in the build up to the All Ireland Hurling Final on September 3rd when Waterford will meet Galway in Croke Park. The team have treated us to some fine games and have given young and old a real sence of pride and excitement and of course they are lead by a fantastic manager who has put his heart and soul into this team from day one. Of course we here in Kilmeaden are not surprised at his success as he is breathing in Kilmeaden air every day so good things can only happen with that. I urge you all now to decorate your home, area, car, garden in your county colours and be ready to celebrate as just like when the great Tom Cheasty arrived home to Kilmeaden in 1959 with an All Ireland title under his belt, Derek McGrath will arrive back home to Kilmeaden in 2017 having lead his team to victory over Galway.


Rose Of Tralee
Kilmeaden is really on the map in the next few weeks. As we await our All Ireland clash we are also being represented down in Tralee at the Rose Festival. Local man Ger Stephenson from Newtown in Kilmeaden will take on the role of escort for the week. Ger is of course son of John and Joan Stephenson and I know they will watching with great pride. We wish Ger a fantastc time and look forward to spotting him on the telly.

Great Results
Congratulations to all the young people of our parish who received such great results last week in their Leaving Cert results. We hope that they enjoyed their celebrations and we wish them every success in their chosen paths. For any of you who maybe didn’t achieve what you hoped for please remember there are many options for getting to where you want to be so seek advice and remain focused.


Use It or Loose It.

I hope you all remember what I told you last week. In order to keep our local Post Office open we need to increase the number of transactions being carried out there daily. Even though we have many letters of objection and petitions gone in we also need to use our Post Office services as much as possible. The loss of the Post Office would be devastating to our community and the surrounding parishes so let’s show
An Post that our local office should be kept open by using it this week and every week.

Glorious Weddings, Birthday Girl and P.O Action Group

Newcastle Mass
Every year we hold a mass in the old cemetery in Newcastle which is situated up in Ardeenlone. This is a beautiful spot and mass is said among the ruins of the old church and the many graves of our ancestors. Many of these graves are unmarked but there are also some tombstones to be read. It is a beautiful place to visit and learn about our history. This years mass will take place on Monday August 21st at 7.30pm and I would urge as many of you as possible to come along. A group will leave Ballyduff church at 6.30pm and walk to Newcastle in memory of all our ancestors who made that weekly walk to mass. If you would like to make that walk just be in Ballyduff for 6.30pm.


Glorious Weddings
We send our heartiest congratulations to Michael Atkins and Debbie Ross who became man and wife in Portlaw church over the Bank Holiday weekend. Following the wedding ceremony the couple treated their guests to a wonderful reception in Kilkenny and of course The Sweep was the place to be the next day where the celebrations continued. We wish the happy couple and their family every happiness in the future.
Portlaw was definetely the place to be for weddings over the Bank Holiday weekend. Also exchanging their vows were Jenny Larkin and LJ Keegan. Jenny is the daughter of Thomas and Mary Larkin and grandaughter of very proud grandparents Dixie and Maureen Larkin in Ballyduff. Following their beautiful ceremony they headed off to The Tower Hotel to wine and dine their guests and dance the night away. We wish Jenny and LJ every happiness in their future lives together.


Birthday Girl
We wish a very happy 60th birthday to Mag Millea, Gortaclode. I know it is hard to believe she is 60 but time flies. As I write these notes I hear that plans are afoot to celebrate in style and I just hope the guests can keep up to the birthday girl on the dance floor. I have seen her in action and they are going to need buckets of energy and stamina. We hope Mag will enjoy this special occasion with all her family and many many friends.


P.O Action Group

You may remember me informing you last week about a community meeting which was being held to discuss the possible closure of Kilmeaden P.O. From that meeting an action group has been formed and An Post will meet with some of this group soon. I have been sent a note from Karen Dobbyn who is Secretary of the Action Group and she has asked me to share the following with you:
As many of you know Kilmeaden is in serious risk of losing vital Post Office services in our community. Kilmeaden Post Office provides services for the Ballyduff, Kilmeaden, Dunhill. Fenor, Kill, Butlerstown and Bonmahon areas. To date over 350 letters of objection and a petition with over 900 signatures have been to An Post by members of the community. The action group are meeting with Pat Cremin, Retail Operations Manager with An Post to try and ensure that Post Office services are maintained in Kilmeaden. It is hoped this meeting will be held by the end of August.
But if we are to retain the post office in Kilmeaden it is critical that the number of transactions going through the office are increased. These numbers are being monitored weekly. Some of the services available at your office are AIB and Ulster bank transactions, TV and Dog licences, Postal Services, Bill payments and budgeting options, savings and investments, insurance, property tax, tolltag.ie, passport, currency, pay fines and many more. We ask everyone to get behind this campaign and use the Post Office service this week and every week. Remember Use It or Loose It!!
If you would like any more information please contact Cllr. John O Leary or Karen Dobbyn on 087-6820473.

A Little Treasure, Word Of Thanks and Starstruck Theatre School.

GAA Lotto.
The numbers drawn in the latest lotto draw were 6, 11, 21 and 23 and there was no jackpot winner. The three lucky dip winners of €50 each were Paddy Henebry, Robert O Leary and Aidan Millea. The next lotto draw will take place on August 13th and will have a fantastic jackpot of €7850. Tickets cost just €2 or three for €5 and will be on sale at Centra all day on Saturday August 11th. Choose the four lucky numbers carefully and your luck may be in.


A Little Treasure
We send our heartiest congratulations to Daniel and Olivia Murphy on the recent birth of their beautiful baby son Daniel Anthony. I had the pleasure of meeting this beautiful little man the other day and he is as cute as a button. Of course he was being minded very carefully by big sister Kayla who told me she is a great help to mammy with the baby and I certainly believe that and of course Daniel is a very lucky baby to also have big brother Dylan to teach him all the tricks of the trade. We welcome baby Daniel and wish him a wonderful life.

Word Of Thanks
Fr.Mick has asked me to thank everyone again for their kindness and generosity on the occasion of his Golden Jubilee last month. He continues to get messages of good will and he is very grateful for them all. He remembers you all in his prayers and thanks you sincerely.


Recent Death
We extend our deepest sympathy to Albert Kearns, Tigroe on the recent death of his brother John. John lived in Carrigready, Bonmahon and his funeral mass and burial took place in Kill. We pray that John is now at rest with the Lord and we offer our prayers and sympathy to all his family and friends.


Starstruck Theatre School.
The Starstruck Theatre School will begin their next term on Monday August 14th. All are welcome to come along to Ballyduff Community Centre and check out what it is all about. Boys and Girls aged 5 and 10 years should come along from 5pm and 6pm and those between the ages of 11 and 18 years are welcome from 6pm to 7pm. Under the direction of Damien Walsh this theatre group have treated us to some fantastic productions and the cast and crew always have a great time.


Fun Run/Walk
On Friday August 11th the annual Ballyduff 5 mile Fun Run/Walk will take place in Ballyduff Village with walkers heading off at 6.45pm and the runners off at 7.30pm. Entry is €10 and €5 for students and juniors. West Waterford AC will once again kindly look after the race timing and the great John O Shea will keep everyone entertained with hits from all eras. There will be a fine array of refreshments served in the Ballyduff Community Centre after the race and the presentation of prizes will also take place then. There are cash prizes on offer for all the different age groups and lots of spot prizes also on offer. Come along and enjoy this beautiful scenic route.


Love In The Air
Love is definetely in the air in the Blacknock area with two happy couples celebrating milestone wedding anniversaries. Michael and Marian Murray celebrated 30 years of wedded bliss while their neighbours across the road Jamsie and Renee Power celebrated 60 years of married life. It is wonderful to see happy couples celebrate these great milestones in their lives and still be a picture of happiness. We wish both couples every happiness for the future.


Concert Time
For the past 12 years Fairbrook House have organised a Summer concert in the garden or in the case of rain the venue changes to the museum. This years concert takes place on August 12th and to suit all needs there will be an afternoon concert from 1pm to 3pm and an evening concert from 5pm to 7pm. This years concert features light jazzy and classical songs from Donna Roche in the first half and the gypsy jazz of Paris Swing in the second half. During the interval you can enjoy a glass of bubbles and some nibbles while strolling in the garden or visiting the museum. If you would like some more information please call 051-384657 or 085-8131448 or visit www.fairbrook-house.com


No To Closure.
There was a very large attendance at a public meeting held in Ballyduff Community Centre to voice their concerns to the possible closing of Kilmeaden P.O by An Post. Following the recent resignation of the present Postmaster An Post issued a letter to the office questioning customers about the viabilty of the office and asking customers to send a letter to them stating the amount of business at the office and the implications of having to attend another office would have. These letters of objections had to arrive by post only by August 3rd. At the meeting local councillors and senators each stated how the closure of Kilmeaden P.O must not be allowed to happen and also urged everyone to use their local office to its full potential. Letters were signed by all there and a representative group was chosen to meet with An Post after August 14th. A letter has also been sent in by the new leaseholder of Centra who has applied for the position of Postmaster of Kilmeaden P.O and intends to build and enhance both Centra and the Post Office. I will keep you all informed through these notes about how things are progressing but in the meantime you can help by using your local P.O and making sure that An Post see that it is a vital service in our area that we will not allow it be taken from us.

Summer Concert, Ballyduff’s 5 Mile Run/Walk and Newcastle Mass

Summer Concert
For the past 12 years Fairbrook House in Kilmeaden have hosted a Summer concert in the garden or if the weather is unfavourable it is held in the museum.This years concert goes ahead on August 12th. To suit the needs of the audience an afternoon concert is held from 1pm to 3pm and an evening concert from 5pm to 7pm. This years programme will include the light jazzy and classical songs of Donna Roche while the second half of the concert will feature the gypsy jazz of Paris Swing. During the interval you can enjoy a glass of bubbly and some nibbles while you stroll through the garden and view the museum. For more information please contact 051-384657, 085-8131448 or visit www.fairbrook-house.com

Boost For Charity
The very hardworking committee of The Swan Lodge and Classic Vintage Club were delighted to hand over a cheque to Dermot and Owen who were representing The Touching Hearts Charity on Monday July 24th for a whopping €25,372.94. This fantastic amount was raised recently at the annual Mick Kirwan Memorial Vintage Run. The committee have asked me to say thank you to a few people on their behalf. Firstly they would like to thank everyone who participated on the day and all who came along to support. A big thank you to all who donated prizes for the raffle and auction and all who gave private donations. A massive thank you to all the huge band of volunteers who gave their time to make the day such a success. A huge thank you to the Queally Family for the use of their premises over the past few years, without their generosity it would not be possible to hold the event.
May I now on your behalf say a big well done to a brilliant committee who put tremendous time and effort into organising this event and raising such a brilliant amount of money. Your kindness and dedication is greatly appreciated.


Ballyduff’s 5 Mile Run/Walk
The annual Liz Hayes Memorial Fun Run/Walk is getting close and I have met many runners and walkers out getting their training in. Friday August 11th is the date set with walkers heading off from Ballyduff at 6.45pm and the runners off at 7.30pm. Entry is €10 or €5 for students and juniors. There are many cash prizes on offer and lots of spot prizes on offer too. The first male and female home will also have the honour of lifting the Liz Hayes trophy. As usual West Waterford AC will look after the race timings. The famous John O Shea has been flown in by with great expense to keep you motivated and entertained with his brilliant array of music. There will also be a fine array of refreshments available after the run/walk in Ballyduff Community Centre and the presentation of prizes will also take place there.


Ballyduff AFC
As always our local soccer club is a hive of activity. They are presently holding a clothes collection so clear out those wardrobes and hot presses. All proceeds will go towards purchasing jerseys for the under age academy.
The recent Summer Camp proved so popular that they are holding another one. This camp will run from August 14th to August 18th. To reserve your place leave a message on 087-2764883.


Weddings Galore
We extend our heartiest congratulations to Paul Leahy, Blacknock and his beautiful bride Rachel on their recent marriage. A large crowd of family and friends travelled Scottish side to help the happy couple celebrate their special day and I know now they are all back home now with Paul and Rachel with them to celebrate Kilmeaden style. We wish the happy couple many years of happiness together.
Many congratulations also go to David Walsh who married his sweetheart Ellenor Upton recently. David lived some of his younger years on Ballyduff Hill and is the grandson of Peggy O Shea. David and Ellenor exchanged their vows in The Sacred Heart church and then it was on to The Haven Hotel, Dunmore for the celebrations. I know that everyone had a fabulous day and weekend and we hope this happy couple enjoy a lifetime of happiness.


Newcastle Mass

The annual graveyard mass in Newcastle cemetery will take place on Monday August 21st at 7.30pm. Many of our ancestors are buried in this graveyard and so we need to keep the tradition of this mass going so that these people do not become forgotten. The usual Faith Walk will leave Ballyduff church at 6.30pm walking to Newcastle in memory of all those people who walked to mass each week.

GAA Lotto, Marriage Celebrations and Tractor Run

GAA Lotto.
The numbers drawn in the latest lotto draw were 1, 4, 7 and 17 and there was no jackpot winner. The three lucky dip winners of €50 each were Rachael Meaney, Mary Mulhall and David Power. The next draw will take place on July 30th and there will be a fantastic jackpot of €7,700. Tickets cost just €2 or 3 for €5 and will be on sale on Saturday July 29th at Centra.


Marriage Celebrations.
Love is certainly in the air as two local couples celebrate wedding anniversaries. Billy and Noreen Tubbritt recently celebrated 50 years of wedded bliss. Any of you who know this lovely couple will know that they are indeed a match made in heaven and are cerainly a fabulous example to all. The happy couple celebrated with a lovely meal with their beloved family and a great night was had. We wish them both every happiness in the future.
Local couple Alan and Jenny Dempsey , Amberhill celebrated 25 years of marriage in recent days too. They celebrated in style I heard tales of jacuzzis and champagne. We hope they both enjoyed their celebrations and that they will enjoy many more years of good health and happiness.


Charity Day.
On Saturday July 29th, Fairbrook House and Gardens in Kilmeaden will host an open day with all proceeds going to the local Waterford and Lismore Branch of The Irish Guide Dogs. This is an unique opportunity to visit these beautiful gardens with its atmosphere of mystery and wonder. Laid out among the ruins of the former Fairbrook mill it is an ideal place to sit on the terraces and enjoy a cuppa. Unfortunately the gardens are not accessible to wheelchairs, buggies and walking frames and no dogs are allowed except for guide dogs.
The gardens will open from 2pm to 5pm. Admission is €5 or €10 for a family. Children under 12 go free and remember all proceeds go to the local branch of the Irish Guide Dogs.


Tractor Run
The Kilmeaden Vintage Tractor Club held their 10th annual tractor run on Sunday July 16th. They really pulled out all the stops to make their 10th year a memorial run. Almost 100 tractors took part and then it was back to Haughtons for entertainment for all the family. The Birds Of Prey and Old Time Threshing kept young and old enthralled and the enticing smell of the barbeque had everyone queuing up for some of the delicious food. Of course the day was really topped off by the glorious sunshine and Haughtons was the perfect venue to sit out and enjoy the sounds of our very own Mr.Sunshine, the great John O Shea. It really was a most enjoyable day and great credit must go to the organising committee who stage this event each year in aid of The Solas Centre. They have raised a lot of vital funding over the years for this service which is of utmost importance not only to sufferers of cancer but to their families too.


Recent Deaths
We extend our deepest sympathies to Eamonn Reade, Cullinagh on the recent death of his beloved mother Eileen. Eileen resided in the family home in Kingsmeadow all her life but spent the last few years of her life in Maypark Nursing Home where she was very happy. Eileens funeral mass took place in St.Pauls church. May she rest in peace.
Our area was numbed with grief upon hearing of the death of Helen Raher, Carrickphilip especially as it so soon after the death of her beloved son Michael. We can only offer our prayers and comfort to all the Raher family as they try to come to terms with such great loss. We know that just as in life Helen and Michael will take care of each other. May they rest in peace.
Fun Run/Walk
A reminder that Friday August 11th is the date set for the annual 5 mile Liz Hayes memorial fun run/walk. Walkers will set off from Ballyduff Village at 6.45pm while the runners will get going at 7.30pm. Entry is €10 and €5 for students and juniors. West Waterford AC will once again kindly look after the race timing and our own John O Shea will keep everyone motivated and entertained with a great selection of music. Following the run/walk there will be a fine display of refreshments on offer back at the community centre before the prize giving takes place.

Annual Fun Run/Walk, Newcastle Mass and Help needed.

Annual Fun Run/Walk
The Liz(Eilis) Hayes Memorial 5 mile run/walk will take place this year on Friday August 11th. Beginning in Ballyduff Village the walkers will head off at 6.45pm and the runners will be off at 7.30pm. Entry will be €10 and €5 for students and juniors. There will be cash prizes on offer for the first three males and females home and also for the first male and female home in the Over 40’s and 50’s section.Prizes will also be presented to the first male and female junior home and lots of spot prizes on offer along the way too. The first male and female home will also have the honour of lifting the Liz Hayes Memorial Trophy.
The good people at West Waterford AC will once again look after the race timings. John O Shea will be on hand to provide musical entertainment and after the race there will be the usual vast array of refreshments on offer back at the community centre before the presentation of prizes.
This annual community event is held in memory of Liz Hayes a lady whose whole life revolved around helping her community so in her honour come out and support this event. Even if you are unable to take part, cheerleaders are always wanted.


Newcastle Mass
The annual graveyard mass in Newcastle cemetery will take place on Monday August 21st at 7.30pm. Many of our ancestors are buried in this cemetery and it is a beautiful spot to visit. There will be the usual faith walk to the mass which will leave from Ballyduff church at 6.30pm and walk to Newcastle graveyard in memory of our ancestors who walked to mass each week.


Golf Classic

A reminder that Ballyduff AFC will host a golf classic in Waterford Golf Club on July 21st and 22nd. A team of four costs €120 which includes a meal. Teams who entered last year will be allocated the same tee times. If you would like some more information please contact Paddy on 087-2764883 or Noel on 086-3766541.


Recent Bereavements
We extend our deepest sympathies to the Nolan Family, Ballyduff Village on the recent death of their beloved sister Mary. Mary Roberts was brought home from Wales to be laid to rest in her native place, in fact in the field where she used to play as a young girl. Her family made sure everything was in place for a beautiful mass and burial. We hope that the family can draw peace from the knowledge that she is now at peace,home where she wanted to be. May the gentle soil of Ballyduff lay on her and may she now enjoy the beauty and splendour of Gods kingdom.
We also offer our sincere sympathy also to Aedin Foran, Ballyduff Village on the recent death of her mother. Maire Eachthigheirn lived in Newrath and her funeral mass and burial took place in Ferybank. We hope that her family will find comfort in the coming months in the wonderful memories they have. Ar Dheis De Go Raibh Si.


Help Needed
Ballyduff AFC have made great strides in recent years in girls football. They would really like to build on this and would like to enter an Under 14 team next season. To do this however they need help, at least two people are needed to run the team and they will be given every assistance possible from the club. If this is something that you think you can help with please contact Paddy on 087-2764883. Watching the younger teams on the way up there is plenty of talent around and so it would be a shame to see that talent wasted, so if you can help please contact Paddy.


Your Notes
If you want to let people know about what is going on within your club or organisation or indeed have a happy occasion to share please contact me and we can do this through these weekly notes. Remember that for a lot of people the weekly notes may be their only contact with community life and these notes are uploaded each week to our parish website which is viewed by many parishioners now living elsewhere. If you would like me to include an item for you please contact me Linda Spillane on 087-9838392, spillanelinda2017@gmail.com or indeed drop into me or give me a shout if you see me out and about.

Graveyard Mass, GAA Lotto and Bridge News

Graveyard Mass.

Our annual graveyard mass took place last Wednesday evening and thank God the weather was kind to us. It was great to see such crowds come together to remember all those buried in our graveyard. A big thank you to all who helped arrange the mass and all those who took part in it. A great crowd visited our community centre after the mass and enjoyed a cuppa and some lovely refreshments. It was a fantastic opportunity for people to enjoy a chat with people they hadn’t seen in a while. May I personally thank all the people who baked and donated cakes, buns and biscuits and a huge thank you to the wonderful group of ladies who helped me set up the hall, serve the teas and food and clean up after. This was another great community effort.


GAA Lotto
The four lucky numbers drawn in the latest lotto draw were 2, 12, 13 and 18 but there was no winner of he jackpot. The three lucky dip winners of €50 each were Carmel Lynch, Nano Fitzgerald and Seamus Connolly. The next lotto draw will take place on July 16th and will have a staggering jackpot of €7,550. Tickets cost just €2 or 3 for €5 and will be on sale at Centra on Saturday July 15th. Choose those four numbers very carefully and you could be booking that holiday or off on that spending spree.


Bridge News.

The Ballyduff/Portlaw bridge club had their Summer party last Monday night by having a lovely meal at the Sweep Bar and Restaurant. Folowing the meal they played their weekly game of bridge and the results are as follows:
1st: Anna Harney and Peggy Murphy
2nd: Mary O Brien and Ann Tobin.
3rd: Ann Marie Brown and Barbara Cunningham
4th: Kate Hayes and Mary Kennedy.
5th: Breda Cowman and Celia Nugent.
6th: Margaret White and Elizabeth Mooney.


Newcastle Mass.

The annual cemetery mass in Newcastle graveyard will be celebrated on Monday August 21st at 7.30pm. I will have more details for you in the coming weeks but mark the date in your diary and spread the word.


Tractor Run.
The annual tractor run hosted by Kilmeaden Vintage Tractor club is always a much looked forward to event. This year is the 10th year of this and a great day is planned to celebrate this milestone. On Sunday July 16th at 1.30pm sharp the tractor run will depart from Haughtons and will head off on a shorter than normal route within the parish of Ballyduff. On their return to Haughtons the celebrations will begin. Well known D.J supreme John O Shea will entertain the crowds with music for all ages. The Mayfield Birds of Prey will also be on display and displays of old time threshing will keep you enthralled. You are bound to work up an appetite with all this going on but don’t worry the barbeque will me fired up and I have no doubt that Gerry and Margaret will help you find something to wash it down with to! This promises to be a great day and there will be lots to keep young and old happy. If you would like to take part or need more information, the man with all the knowledge is Pat Fitzgerald and you can reach him on 087-2216589.
Of course not only is this day about having fun it also raises money for a very important charity, The Solas Centre. You don’t need me to tell you about the vital and important services The Solas Centre provides and like all good charities they rely mostly on the generosity of others to keep these services running. The tractor run has raised €43,000 over the past 9 years for the centre so please be as generous as possible to the collectors on the day. Hope to see you all there.


Golf Classic
Ballyduff AFC will host a golf classic in Waterford Golf Club on July 21st and 22nd . A team of 4 will cost €120 including a meal. Teams who entered last year will be allocated the same tee times. If you are interested in entering a team or finding out more information please contact Paddy on 087-2764883 or Noel on 086-3766541.

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.