Perfect Couple, Suir Valley Railway and Birthday Time

Perfect Couple

Goalkeeper supreme Kevin Burns from Ballyrobin in Kill landed the catch of his life last week when he married the love of his life, the beautiful Ciara Larkin from Powersknock, Kilmeaden. This lovely couple began on their journey 10 years ago and it  was evident to all from the very start that this was a match made in heaven. Ciara arrived at Dunhill church in style driven by her very proud grandad Noel. She looked stunning as she glided up the aisle on the arm of her dad Tony to the beautiful sound of her brother Darragh singing “She moved through the Fair”. The ceremony was beautifully arranged and was so personal. Friends read the readings and prayers and the psalm was sung by the bride’s sister Aisling.  The two mothers who both looked stunning brought forward the gifts. Throughout the ceremony beautiful music and songs were performed by friends and cousins of the bride. Following the photos it was onto the stunning Haven Hotel in Dunmore for the reception. Not to be outdone by all the performances back at the church, the bride chose to sing her wedding speech to  the tune of some well known ABBA songs. This was my first experience of being invited to a virtual wedding and it was lovely to be able to watch the ceremony and the speeches. This lovely couple are indeed very well loved and I have no doubt that there is a long road of happiness ahead. They have both come from strong respectable families and have learned from the very best. The strong tradition of sport in the Burns family can now only be enhanced by the strong musical traditions of the Larkin/Morrissey family. After all, every good match deserves a good session. . We wish Kevin and Ciara every happiness in their life together.


Mount Congreve

If you are planning some nice days out for you and your friends then check out the Mount Congreve website and facebook page. There are plenty of organised events such as yoga mornings, August twilight tours or simply just enjoy a stroll around the beautiful gardens. One upcoming event is a plant fair on Sunday July 25th from 11am to 5pm. Visitors will be given the opportunity to explore the award winning gardens while strolling around some stalls which will be providing food and will also include stalls from expert rare and special plant stall holders from all over Ireland. To book your spot for this or any other event please visit their website.


Suir Valley Railway

We are all very proud of our railway here in Kilmeaden and I am delighted to hear back so many great reports from people when I meet them. The Sunset Express is proving very popular where visitors can enjoy prosecco and strawberries on the platform while listening to some acoustic music  before departing on a beautiful scenic train journey along the banks of the River Suir. The pampering doesn’t stop there however because as you travel along you are treated to a picnic box of locally produced culinary delights from award winning Grow HQ Cafe. This is a lovely relaxing evening and has been the setting for many celebrations, by romantic couples or by friends and families catching up with one another. What a lovely idea too for a staff night out or a nice way for a company to  treat their employees. Check out their website and Facebook page for more information and booking details.


Birthday Time.

Lots of birthdays were celebrated in recent days with the beautiful Niamh Kennedy from Stonehouse celebrating her 30th birthday. John McGrath celebrated his 80th birthday with his friends and family. His wife Minnie also celebrated her birthday that week but she was only 35. The great Josephine Power from Blacknock celebrated her 60th and I am sure she was spoiled and treated very well. We had two important birthdays in my house as my husband reached the ripe old age of 49 and I can guarantee that he was spoiled just like every other day. Another very important man in my life also had a birthday and that was my nephew Harry O Sullivan who turned 5 and was very happy with all his presents and of course his trip to McDonalds .If you would like me to mention any birthdays, anniversaries etc for you please let me know.


Church News

We are now taking bookings for anniversary masses for the month of August. If you would like to book a mass please contact Linda Spillane on 087 9838392

Ballyduff GAA, A Little Princess and Like Father Like Son

Ballyduff GAA

In conjunction with the keep walking keep safe programme our local club have opened up their walking track during the following times, Mondays and Wednesdays 6.15pm to 7.45pm and on Saturdays from 10am to 12 noon. This is a wonderful way to enjoy some exercise and fresh air while staying safe and it is totally free. This is just another way our club show their gratitude to their community and welcomes everyone.
All of the different teams in the club are enjoying games and action every week with great competition and fun. Juvenile section, LGFA, camogie and adult results and fixtures are all available on their Facebook page so make sure to check it out and why not pop along to a game when it is safe to do so and cheer on the teams.
The time is running out for you to purchase your Deise draw ticket. The first draw will take place on July 14th. There are some super prizes up for grabs and remember that 80% of the money from tickets sold here will go to Ballyduff GAA. You can purchase your ticket from any committee member or contact Brian on 087 2486423.
Our club runs smoothly and efficiently due to the fabulous volunteers who give their time to help and the club are very grateful. As always though there is always room for more and the club will welcome any new  volunteers who may want to help out and  provide them with any necessary training needed. Drop into any of the training sessions and register your interest or you can contact Brian on the number  above and he will point you in the right direction.
As camogie now reemerges in our club it is wonderful to see so many girls involved. During the months of July and August the club will run a fun basic skills course for  both players and parents. This will take place every Tuesday evening from 6.10pm to 7.10pm. If you would like any more information please contact Tim on 087 9308555 or Dermot on 085 1635572.


A Little Princess

We send our warmest congratulations to Jack Kennedy and Tara Heffernan, Stonehouse on the birth of their beautiful baby daughter. Baby Ornaith arrived on The Summer Solstice so will no doubt have a very bright future. We look forward to meeting Ornaith and we wish this happy little family every happiness for the future.


Like Father Like Son

AJ Bowman, Carriganure is certainly turning heads on the soccer pitch as he kicks off his Blues career with the U17’s having a great win last weekend. AJ has always been a very exciting player to watch with his great passion for the game evident to all. Love of the game runs through his blood as he follows in the footsteps of his dad Jason who played as a classy midfielder for the Blues himself and also gave his time as a coach for Waterford FC. I have no doubt at all of how proud the whole family are and they have always been great supporters of the game. We wish AJ the very best  for the future and hope that he continues to enjoy the game he loves so much.


Include Items

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Recent Deaths, New Bundle of Joy and Kilmeaden Activity

Recent Deaths

We extend our deepest sympathies to the Finnegan and Macklin families on the recent death of Ann Finnegan, Ballyduff .A native of the beautiful county Monaghan Ann was born Ann Macklin .Ann was a  beautiful lady in stature and nature. She loved to have a chat when she met you and even throughout her illness her concern was always for others especially those who were sick. Ann was always an active lady enjoying tennis, walking, cycling and of course in later years she became an excellent golfer. She was a lady who lived her life to the full, enjoying meeting friends, trips out and foreign holidays. Throughout her recent illness she remained upbeat and positive and her strength and  courage was a real inspiration to all around her. We as a community extend our deepest sympathies to her husband Peter, her children Elaine, Suzanne and Jason, her mother Margaret,her beloved grandchildren Alex and Lucy, her sisters and brothers and all her family and many friends. May her gentle soul now rest in peace.
We also send our sympathies to the O Keeffe family in Whitfield, Butlerstown on the recent death of Michael (Busher) O Keeffe. Known far and wide for his wonderful music .Music as we all know is good for the body and soul and Busher was at his happiest when he had his accordion. His gift was magical and he most definetley could make that accordion sing. He lived a contented life surrounded by family and his music. We express our sympathies to his children Catherine, Michael, Theresa and Thomas, his grandchildren, sisters and brothers and his many friends. We pray that Michael now rests in peace and if we listen closely enough I am sure we will hear that accordion accompany the angels.


New Bundle of Joy

We send warm congratulations to Deirdre and Mark O Gorman on the recent birth of their beautiful baby girl Ruth. Deirdre is formerly Deirdre Mackey from Ross and grandparents John and Maria are absolutely thrilled to welcome their 5th grandchild to the family. I have no doubt that Ruth will enjoy many play dates in her grandparents back garden with her cousins . We wish this happy little family every happiness for the future and look forward to meeting Ruth.


Ballyduff GAA

Lots of activity continues in Kildermody with many training sessions and matches taking place. All Covid guidelines are being followed ensuring everyones safety. If you are interested in joining the club as a member or volunteer take a look at their Facebook page for more information or simply turn up to one of the training sessions.
Deise Super Draw tickets are now on sale with lots of great prizes on offer. To get your ticket contact Brian on 087 2486423.
There was great excitement recently in the club as they launched their camogie team for the first time. It has been many years since we had our own camogie team in Ballyduff and it is wonderful to see it back again. I myself played for many years for Ballyduff and have some great memories of times spent with my team mates. We wish the girls the very best of luck and really look forward to seeing them in action.


Kilmeaden Activity

It is great to see such a buzz around the place again with businesses reopening and lots of refurbishment being carried out. I would like to take this opportunity to wish all our local shops, restaurants and business premises the very best of luck and I ask you to remember that these are the places we turn to for spot prizes, donations and sponsorship for our clubs and charities events so it is now our turn to support them after a very hard year. We are really spoiled here in Kilmeaden with great choice so shop local if at all possible

Booking of Masses, Recent Deaths and New Position

Booking of Masses

If you would like to book an anniversary mass for a loved one during the months of June or July please contact Linda Spillane on 087 9838392. Unfortunately masses cannot be shared at the moment due to the Covid restrictions but there are still dates available so please contact Linda.


Recent Deaths

We extend our deepest sympathies to Fiona Walsh Gortaclode on the recent loss of her beloved brother Robbie. Robert (Robbie) Sullivan was a resident of Central Avenue, Lisduggan and will be deeply missed by his parents Ann and Robbie, his daughters Kasey and Shauna, his sisters Fiona, Lisa, Susan and Mandy. Robbie’s funeral mass took place in St. Pauls church and we pray that he now rests in gentle peace.
We also send our sympathies to the Maher family in Carrick Road, Portlaw on the recent death of Keith Maher. Many of us here in the Ballyduff and Kilmeaden areas will remember Keith as our local coalman. He was a gentle quiet man who always had time to stop and have a chat with people when he called. He is survived by his wife Eily, his  sons Pat, Eoin, Seamus, Keith, his daughter Mary ,his grandchildren, brothers Jim, Hugh and Peter and his sister Ann. Keith’s funeral mass took place in St. Patricks church, Portlaw with burial in the adjoining graveyard. We pray that his gentle soul rests in peace.


New Position

Congratulations and well done to our local councillor John O Leary in Blacknock who was recently elected as Chairperson of the Comeragh District Council. We wish John the very best of luck in this position for the next 12 months.


Ballyduff AFC

The closing date for booking into the Summer camp is June 26th so get booking. The Summer Camp will run from July 5th to July 9th and you can book your place on https://www.klubfunder.com/Clubs/Ballyduff-AFC
The club is a hive of activity with lots of games taking place so keep watch on their Facebook page for brilliant match reports and results.


Ballyduff GAA.

It is wonderful to see such activity and excitement back in the field with lots of training sessions and matches taking place. It is heartwarming to hear the clash of the hurley once again and to see so many of all different ages participating.
In conjunction with the keep walking, keep safe programme, the club have opened up their walking track to all in the community during the following times, Monday and Wednesday from 6.15pm to 7.45pm or on a Saturday from 10am to12 noon..


Birthday Boy

We send very special birthday wishes to Fr. Mick who recently celebrated his birthday. I’m not sure what birthday it was but I think it was his 25th. We hope he enjoyed his day and wish him many more happy birthdays.

Recent Death, Ballyduff GAA and Church News

Recent Deaths

We extend our deepest sympathies to Al Bowman on the recent death of his brother Tommy. A resident of Bayview, Tramore, Tommy is predeceased by his beloved Marie. He will be sadly missed by hist brothers Al and Johnny, his sister Theresa and all his relatives and friends. Tommy’s funeral mass took place in the Holy Cross church, Tramore followed by burial in St. Patrick’s cemetery. May he rest in peace.
We also send our sympathies to Eily Kirwan, Amberhill on the recent death of her sister Mary Grant. Mary was a resident of Slieverue but died peacefully in the care of Conna  Nursing Home. Mary will be sadly missed by all her family and friends. Her funeral mass was celebrated in the Church of the Assumption, Slieverue with burial in the adjoining cemetery. May she now rest in peace.


Ballyduff GAA

It is great to log into the clubs Facebook page and see so many reports of matches played and see the great activities enjoyed by all age groups. I had the opportunity to bring two little people in my life to academy training last Saturday and I couldn’t get over what I saw. Firstly I must compliment the club on the safe and professional way it was run. The laughs and excitement of the children as they they were each given time to shine. The words of encouragement from the many volunteer coaches who give their time to support these young players of the future. I must say though that I have a sneaky suspicion that some of the coaches were enjoying themselves maybe more than the children! A big well done to Calum Lyons who came along and joined in the coaching and there were times he had some stiff competition.
The ladies fun group has returned on Friday nights at 7.30pm which is all about fun and excercise. If you want to join all you have to do is turn up.

Ballyduff AFC

Ballyduff are on the lookout for a groundskeeper for their lovely club grounds. Work away in the fresh air while getting paid. If you are interested pleased  apply to the club directly or on jobsireland.ie

The clubs Summer camp will take place from July 5th to July 9th while the FAI camp will be from July 26th to 30th.

Just like our GAA club there are matches being played both home and away so i recommend their Facebook page for all the latest reports and results


Church News

Bookings for weekend anniversary masses are now been taken for the months of June and July. If you would like to book a mass please contact Linda Spillane on 087 9838392

Blissful Marriage, Exam Time and Mount Congreve

Blissful Marriage

We send our heartiest congratulations to John and Maria Mackey, Ross who recently celebrated their 39th wedding anniversary. I’m sure this lovely couple celebrated their special day with their children and their 4 beloved grandchildren. We hope that John and Maria enjoy many more happy years of marriage bliss.


Birthday Girl

Warmest birthday wishes go to local lady Chloe Lye of Ross as she celebrated her 21st birthday. A few more places have opened up just in time for Chloe to celebrate and I’m sure her parents Ken and Louise and siblings Sophie, Grace and James made sure that her day was celebrated in style. We wish Chloe many more happy birthdays in the future.


Exam Time

We wish all the young people in our area the very best of luck as they sit their Leaving Cert exams. It has been a very difficult and worrying couple of years for them and they had to overcome many obstacles. We hope that each of them remembers that they can only do their very best and that there are many paths to take in life and many different routes to get to where you want to go. We wish you all the very best of luck in your exams.


Ballyduff AFC

All at Ballyduff AFC are getting excited about their Summer Camp which will take place from July 5th to July 9th. To book your place please log onto https://www.klubfunder.com/Clubs/Ballyduff-AFC
The club will also host the FAI Summer camp from July 26th to July 30th so please check out their Facebook page for more information.
The club are on the look for some Division 4 players .These Over 35’s  are wanted for the new season which will begin in July.
A groundsperson is also needed for the club grounds so if you fancy working in the outdoors while getting paid. You can apply for this position directly to the club or log onto jobsireland .ie


Mount Congreve

From Sunday June 8th Mount Congreve will open their gates to the public for 6 days each week and their new Summer nature trail for families is now open. All bookings must be made on line beforehand

New Birth, Birthday Boy and Church News

Cheasty Celebrations

The Cheasty family in Tigroe had plenty to celebrate this week with Rebecca turning 21 on May 23rd and her brother Aaron celebrating his 18th on May 27th. Unfortunately Covid restrictions mean that we are still unable to celebrate in the normal fashion but I have no doubt that the family made sure they had a great time and were spoiled on their special days. We hope that Rebecca and Aaron will have many more birthday celebrations and we wish them both every happiness.


New Birth

I was delighted to hear of the safe arrival of 8 fluffy signets on Knockaderry Lake. Mammy and Daddy are very proud on their new brood. If you are out for a walk why not call by and say congratulations and grab a glimpse of the beautiful new arrivals. I know a certain man will be looking down on his beloved Knockaderry Lake from the heavens with a smile on his face.


Birthday Boy

I would like to use these notes to send very special birthday wishes to John Hearne who is a resident of the city but we have adopted him here in Kilmeaden. Father to the lovely Louise Dooley John spends a lot of time here in Kilmeaden playing with his lovely grandchildren. John celebrated his 70th birthday with his family and I have no doubt that Daragh, Ava, Cathal and Olivia helped him to blow out those candles and even eat the cake. John is a very gifted photographer who is always willing to help out with charity and club events and always so gracious with his time. I wish him many more happy birthdays and was delighted to see him on the other side of the camera for a change.


Ballyduff AFC

The club are on the lookout for Division 4 (over 35’s) players. This is for the new season which will begin in July. If you are interested then please contact 087-4147242. This is not only a great way of keeping fit but also a great way to get to know people in your area.
The club is also on the lookout for some volunteer coaches both male and female. They are looking for coaches to join their academy, U11 boys, U10 girls, U12 girls and boys and U16 and U18 girls. No experience is needed. If you are interested in getting involved then please send a message through the clubs Facebook page. Please remember that all our clubs and organisations rely on the goodness of volunteers so if you feel you can help in any little way then please do.
If you fancy working out in the fresh air while getting paid, the club are also on the lookout for a grounds person. Ballyduff AFC have wonderful grounds and facilities and you could help to keep this maintained. If you are interested you can apply directly to the club or log onto jobsireland.ie


Ballyduff GAA

The club are thrilled to see some action back in the field. Between the hours of 10 am to 12 noon, up to 120 children were out training in their different bubbles. The academy, camogie and LGFA sections of the club were all out training and enjoying themselves and it really is great to see activity again on the pitch and we look forward to watching some real live games soon .
The club and actually the whole parish would like to congratulate Calum Lyons on a great game against Limerick and also on being named GAA.ie Hurler of the week . Calum received 3,970 votes from the public and we are all delighted to hear of his great success.


Church News

Weekday and weekend masses have now returned and Fr. Richard and Fr. Mick are delighted to welcome people back into the church. Mass times are as follows Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10am, Saturdays at 10am and 7.30 pm and Sunday morning at 9.30 am .If you would like to book a weekend anniversary mass for a loved one during the month of June please contact Linda Spillane on 087-9838392.
Our graveyard is very important to us all and we are very lucky to have the wonderful Michael Junior Power to maintain it so well. We can all do our own little bit by bringing any old flowers or wreaths that we have home with us when we visit our loved ones graves.


Ballyduff LGFA

Following their brilliant success in taking part in the #onegoodclub  programme which focused on positive mental health and well being, the girls continued to be noticed for their fantastic achievements. Just before I send my notes I receive more wonderful news about them.The Lidl #OneGoodClub awards were held on line hosted by Marty Morrissey. Ballyduff Lower LGFA were announced as the winners of the Most Innovative Initiative Award. Huge congratulations to the girls and their mentors who truly deserve this recognition.

Ballyduff LGFA, Birthday Girl and Your Notes

Church News

We are all delighted to be back in our church and celebrating mass together. Masses are offered every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10am and weekend masses will be offered on Saturday at 10am and 7.30pm and on Sunday morning at 9.30am.
If you would like to book an anniversary mass for a loved one for any of these masses please contact Linda Spillane on 087 9838392. Bookings will be taken for the remainder of the month of May and for June at the moment.


Ballyduff LGFA

Our local ladies Gaelic football team are on the lookout for some new coaches. No experience is necessary but you must be willing to have fun and help out. To express your interest please message their Facebook page.
We send congratulations to the LGFA group who were  the recent winners of a Waterford Garda Division Youth  Award for their recent #onegoodclub programme. This is so well deserved as they put 100% into all the aspects of it .


Birthday Girl

We send our heartiest birthday wishes to a very popular member of our Kilmeaden Vintage Tractor Club. Shelly Hewetson celebrated her 50th birthday with her family and I’m sure there were some nice tasty treats. Shelly is usually the lady behind the lens as she takes some fantastic photos so hopefully she was the one in front of the lens for her birthday.


GAA News

How uplifting to see all the boys and girls back in the field as the academy section returns. There were many happy smiling faces all around and that was just the parents and coaches! A big thank you to the coaches who give their time and talents for the good of the club and the club would like to extend a very warm welcome to the new volunteers and hope that you enjoy your experience.


Your Notes

As clubs and organisations return to their activities please let people know about what is going on. Send on your information to me on spillanelinda2017@gmail.com or 087 9838392

Centurion Celebrations, Church News and Celebration time

Ballyduff AFC

Do you enjoy working outside? Would you like to give a bit back to your community while getting paid? Ballyduff AFC are on the lookout for a grounds person for their club. If you are interested then please apply to the club or log into jobs Ireland.ie


Centurion Celebrations

We send warm birthday wishes to Paddy Mooney formerly of Dunabrattin, Annestown who recently celebrated his 100th birthday. Paddy was a very popular and well known employee of Mount Congreve for many years and he is now a resident of Dunabbey House in Dungarvan. Paddy was treated to a special fly over by the Waterford Rescue 117 in memory of his days as a former flight engineer and pilot in the RAF. Thankfully restrictions had been loosened a bit in time for Paddy’s birthday and so he was able to welcome family along to his celebrations. Paddy is already planning for his 101st birthday when he may fly the helicopter  himself and do you know it wouldn’t surprise me one bit!


Church News

We are all delighted to see some restrictions being lifted and I am delighted to say that we can now return to daily and weekend masses. From Monday May 10th mass will return on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 10am and on Saturday at 10am and 7.30pm and on Sunday morning at 9.30am.


GAA News

The club would like to say a big thanks to Minister Mary Butler, Minister of State with responsibility for Mental Health and Older People for taking the time  to visit the new project developed by Ballyduff LGFA on the Greenway. She was very impressed by the beautiful finished area.
The club are delighted to see all the groups from U6 to U18 now back training under COVID guidelines. The club encourage you to contact the various coaches for football, hurling, LGFA for details or message their Facebook page if you are new to the club or area.


Celebration Time

We send our warmest congratulations to Sandra O Keeffe, Springhill on her recent graduation. Sandra graduated with a masters in integrative counselling and psychotherapy . Sandra has worked very hard at her career and deserves all this success and she was most definitely born to do this job. Sandra has always received wonderful support from her partner Anthony her parents Christy and Vera and siblings Elaine, Edel and Damien and I know that they are very proud of her fantastic achievement. We wish Sandra every success in the future.


A Scholar and a Gent

We were all very saddened to hear of the death of
Mr. John G Fitzgerald of Ross. John was a tall man in stature and was held equally in high esteem. He was most definitely one of lives gentlemen and his main aim in life was to help anyone that he could. He was a very intelligent man with a vast array of knowledge on many subjects. He was a wonderful farmer and knew that it took hard work and passion to make it a success. He loved the land and his animals and worked for the good of farmers as he served as Vice Chair of Glanbia, County Chair of Waterford IFA and was also involved in the Farm Relief Services. He took all these roles very seriously and if there was a job to be done then John was the one to have on your side. He was also a great greyhound man and he bred some fantastic dogs over the years and the road to Shelbourne was just a short spin up the road for him. A great GAA man he supported both local and county teams. He served as Chairman of our local club with great dedication and devotion. He enjoyed being a member of the Kilmeaden Vintage Tractor Club and liked many he looked forward to that great day in July for the tractor run which always raised fantastic money for The Solas Centre. A man of many interests and talents his greatest love was his family.Married  for over 40 years to his beloved Nano the pair were rarely seen without each other. Their children Maura, Joanne and Ger were their pride and joy and of course they adored their grandchildren John, Isabel and Liam whom John loved to spend time with.
John will be greatly missed in our parish and we pray that he now enjoys  Gods kingdom where there is no more pain or sickness. I have it on good authority that the Irish Independent and The Farmers Journal are available in heaven so hopefully John can enjoy a good read and perhaps a nice cold pint with old friends. He has left Nano  and the family many happy memories and we hope that these will bring comfort in the days to come.


A True Gent

Our parish was shocked to the core this week with the unexpected death of one of it’s most popular residents. Mossie O Keeffe, Blacknock was a gentle caring man who loved helping out friends and neighbours. He loved nothing more than a quiet drink and a chat with friends. He is predeceased by his beloved wife Betty and I’m sure there will be a dance or two when they reunite. Mossy was a wonderful family man loving getting together with them all for a chat and a laugh . He welcomed his grandchildren with great delight.
In recent years he volunteered his time at Waterford Suir Valley Railway in Kilmeaden and he told me how much he loved it and enjoyed meeting so many people from all walks of life. Of course the cuppa and cake with the rest of the crew was always looked forward to.
Mossie made many good friends over the years and one of those Sean (Showery) Atkins went on ahead of Mossie just one month ago. I have no doubt that by now Showery has found the perfect seat and there is a reserved seat waiting for Mossie when he gets there. We pray that Mossie now rests in peace and we offer our support to his family and friends. May his friendly smile remain in your minds and his caring nature in your souls. May his gentle soul now rest in peace.

Recent Death, Birthday Time and Dr. Martin Centre

Recent Death

We express our deepest sympathy to the O Brien and Giles families on the recent death of Anne O Brien(nee Giles) from Newtown Tramore but a native of Blacknock Kilmeaden. Anne is survived by her husband John, daughter Karen, her sons Andre and Mark, her beloved grandchildren, her sister Kathleen Burns and all her relatives and many friends. Anne’s funeral mass was celebrated in The Holy Cross church in Tramore and she was then brought to her final resting place in St. Patrick’s cemetery in Tramore. We pray that she now rests in peace and that the Lord will comfort her family in the times ahead.

The Lord’s Shepherd

We were all so saddened here to hear of the death of Fr. Robert Arthure Cappoquin. We had the honour of having Fr. Arthure serve here in Ballyduff/Portlaw as parish priest from 1988 to 1992. He was a wonderful servant to the church for 70 years and his faith and his service was of utmost importance to him. He was a kind and wise man with a beautiful presence and people felt at ease in his company. In recent times I enjoyed following his Facebook page where he shared his inspirational views and stories. Fr. Arthure’s funeral mass took place in St. Mary’s church Cappoquin and we all pray together for the peace and happiness of his gentle soul and we have doubt that the Lord will welcome his shepherd home and thank him for being a loyal and worthy servant. May he rest in the peace of the Lord.


Birthday Time

We send warm birthday wishes to Anne Atkins, Blacknock who recently celebrated her 76th birthday. I’m sure Anne was treated to some lovely tasty treats on the day by her children and grandchildren. We wish Anne many more happy birthdays
Also celebrating his birthday this week was Sherlock Foley in Ballyduff. Sherlock was blowing out 50 candles on the cake and I’m sure his wife Eleanor and children Alex, Kate and Conor made sure that he had a wonderful day and no doubt there were plenty of treats from Mammy next door too.


GAA News

It was with great sadness that the club learned of the death of former Chairman of the club Mr. John Fitzgerald. John was a true gentleman in every sense of the word. He gave all his energy and insight to the club to progress development and participation. He will be sorely missed and the club extend their sympathy to Nano, Maura, Joanne and Ger and all the family.
The club are delighted to see training resume in the field and the following times apply to the different sections. The LGFA times are
U8 and U 10 are Thursdays 6.30pm to 7.45pm
U12 and U14 are Thursdays 6.30pm to 7.45pm
U16 and Minor are Sundays 11am to 12.30pm
Juvenile Club ( hurling/football girls and boys
Academy section U6-U9 Saturday 10am to 11am
U10 Saturday 10am to 11am
U11/12 Monday’s 6.30pm to 7.30pm.
The LGFA section of the club continue their positive work in the #onegoodclub initiative. This has been a very important journey for members and community. A big well done to all who organised and participated.


Dr. Martin Centre

The Dr. Martin Centre in Portlaw are counting down the days until they can welcome their clients back in for some fun and chats but at the moment they are enjoying using their brand new kitchen facilities. You can have a tasty dinner and dessert delivered daily
for just €7.50 and the good news is that they now deliver outside Portlaw. Please phone in your order by 10.30am daily in 051 387111 or 087-4611309

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.