Bouncing Baby Boy, School News and Good Deeds

Bridge Notes.

The Ballyduff/Portlaw bridge club played their latest bridge game on Monday November14th and the results are as follows:

1st: Patsy Roche and Kathleen Collins.
2nd: Nano Fitzgerald and Geraldine McMahon.
3rd: John Fitzpatrick and Breda Kirwan.
4th: Anne Kennedy and Bridget Ahearne.

November Dead List.
The special masses for the Holy Souls are continuing each Wednesday night in November and it is great to see such a large crowd attending. The last of these masses on Wednesday November 29th at 7.30pm will be offered especially for those who have died in the past 12 months. All those who were buried here or prayed for at mass will automatically be included but if you have a relative or friend who has died elsewhere and you would like to have their name included for this mass please contact myself Linda Spillane on 087 9838392 or write their name on the list in the porch in the church. This candle mass is a beautiful way to remember your loved one and the candle which you will take home with you will be a constant reminder of their presence in your life.
Coffee Morning Success.

I attended a really lovely coffee morning recently with some friends and was delighted to see such a huge crowd attending. It was in aid of The Touching Hearts charity and was run in conjunction with the organisers of the Michael Power Memorial swim which is held every Christmas morning at Kilmurrin cove. The venue for the coffee morning was The Sweep Bar and Restaurant where we were spoiled for choice with cakes and treats galore. The morning was organised by Kathy Raher, Ann Murray and friends and was a huge success raising €1,710. Touching Hearts would like to thank everyone who supported this event and gave a donation and would also like to thank Michelle Dunphy and all at The Sweep Bar for all their help. This really was a most enjoyable morning with a lovely atmosphere and I congratulate all the organisers.
Bouncing Baby Boy.
We send our warmest congratulations and best wishes to Paul Stephenson and his wife Edwina on the recent birth of a beautiful baby boy. Baby Ollie arrived safe and healthy and joins his big sister Elsie to bring more joy to the Stephenson family. We congratulate John and Joan in Newtown on becoming grandparents again and of course great gran Aileen. I’m sure Elsie and Ollie will make lots of happy memories when they come to play on the family farm. We wish them all a wonderful happy and healthy life.
Proud Occasions.
I met a very proud mother the other day while I was out and about and she has every right to be. Eleanor Butler from Gortaclode told me how her son Darren had recently graduated as a mechanic and her daughter Rachael would be graduating as a beautician in the coming days. We send them both sincere congratulations and wish them both every success in their futures and well done Eleanor on doing such a wonderful job and I have no doubt that a very proud dad beams down at them and delights in their achievements.
Church News.
A reminder that your new pack of weekly offertory envelopes are now available in the church so please take home your addressed pack at your convieniance. These weekly contributions are vital for the upkeep of the church and Fr. Mick and Fr. Richard thank you for your continued support. Some people prefer to give a yearly donation but if you like to do it weekly please pick up your addressed pack. These envelopes are simply opened, emptied and counted and no record is kept of peoples contributions, the numbers printed on the envelopes are not allocated to particular names, so your contribution is your own private business.
Adoration of the Blessed Eucharist continues every Tuesday from 12 noon to 7pm and you are welcome to drop in at any stage during the day for whatever time you can spare. Simply sit in the quietness with your own thoughts and needs.
School News.
The pupils from Ballyduff N.S are not just concentrating on their own needs and happiness but are very aware of the needs of others and are doing everything in their power to help those who need it. The children recently took part in The Team Hope Christmas Shoebox Appeal and filled many Christmas shoeboxes with items to wash with, to wear, to write with and a small toy or treat. I know the children enjoy doing this each year and take great pride in doing so.
Pupils from 3rd class up to 6th class have also been taking part in the MS Readathon where they read as many books as possible over a 4 week period and ask their family and friends to sponsor them with all money raised going to the MS charity. Well done to all the pupils for taking a stand and making a difference this is one of the bests things they will ever learn.
Strictly Dance
What a night in the WIT Arena as the Waterford GAA hosted their fundraising event Strictly Dance. This was extremely well organised and a real pleasure to attend. A huge well done to local men Ger Harris and Marc O Neill who represented our club and put in great performances. The lads gave their time and committment to this event and along with their fellow competitors they treated everyone to a fabulous night of entertainment.
Good Deeds
Any who knows me will know that I am always telling anyone willing to listen to me about what a wonderful place we live in and I have seen many times the kindness and generosity of the people around us. In the past few weeks I have witnessed some lovely good deeds being done by people who would never want to be acknowledged and so I would always respect their views. I genuinely hope that the good deeds you have done come back to you twice over and we should all remember that we were put on this earth to help each other so if there is something you feel you could do just go ahead and go with your heart.

November Masses, Beat the train and Grounds worker

Bridge News.
The Ballyduff/Portlaw bridge club meet each Monday night and the results of the latest game are as follows:
1st: John and Elizabeth Mooney
2nd: John Fitzpatrick and Celia Nugent.
3rd: Ann Marie Brown and Mary Prendergast.
4th: Patsy Roche and Kathleen Collins.

 


November Masses.
It was lovely to see such a big crowd at the first of the special November Dead List masses. These masses will continue each Wednesday night during November at 7.30pm. The last of these masses on Wednesday November 29th will be offered especially for all those who died during the past year. Those who died within the parish will automatically be included but if you had a relative or friend who died from outside the parish you are more than welcome to have them included in this mass where an individual candle is lit for each person and brought home by the family after mass. If you would like to include a name in this mass please contact Linda Spillane on 087-9838392 or write their name on the list in the main porch of the church.


GAA Lotto
The numbers drawn in the latest lotto draw were 1,7,9 and 16 but there was no jackpot winner. The three lucky dip winners of €50 each were Mary Power, The Sweep Gang and Michael Morrissey. The next draw will take place on November 19th and there will be a fabulous jackpot of €8,900 up for grabs. What a fantastic amount to get your hands on before the Christmas season. Tickets cost just €2 or 3 for €5 and are available from committee members and will be on sale outside Centra on Saturday November 18th. Choose those 4 lucky numbers carefully and you could be off on a shopping spree and don’t forget who told you all about it!

 


Beat The Train.
Waterford Suir Valley Railway have teamed up with Down Syndrome Ireland Waterford and South Kilkenny branch to host “Beat The Train” for DSI which will take place from Kilmeaden station at 10am on Saturday November 18th. Participants are invited to try race the train from Kilmeaden station to a 5 mile mark near Bilberry and then race it back to Kilmeaden. The race is now fully subcribed but if you would like to be a supporter on the train please call 051-384058 to book your ticket. Prices for tickets are €8.50 per adult and €4 per child and all money raised on the day will go to Down Syndrome Ireland.

 


Grounds Worker
Ballyduff Soccer Club are on the lookout for a Fas worker to look after the care and upkeep of their grounds. For many years Harry Power took care of the grounds and what a great job he did, however Harry has now stepped down and so a new candidate is called for. If you are interested or would like some more information please contact Paddy Kirk on 087-2764883.

 


Junk Kouture
Ballyduff Lowers Girls Gaelic Football team hosted a brilliant fundraiser fashion show last week. This was a fashion show with a difference though as the members modelled outfits and accessories which had been designed and created by themselves from recycable materials. I had the honour of acting as MC on the night and I have to say I was completely bowled over by the creations and designs which the girls came up with. The amount of thought and time that went into these designs was amazing and the crowd who attended on the evening were all in awe and all agreed that it was an extremely enjoyable evening.
It was a privelege to introduce and meet the three ladies who had the hard job of judging on the night. Louise Ryan, Michelle Ryan and Aisling Moloney had a list of honours and achievements between them that would make you gasp and it was great for our young girls to chat with them and see first hand where committment and hard work can get you in the world of Gaelic football.
Well done to all who arranged this great fundraiser it really was a night to remember.


Collection Envelopes
Your boxes of parish church envelopes are now addressed and will be available to collect from the church this weekends.Some people prefer to make a yearly donation but whichever you rather to do please take home your yearly pack of envelopes. The weekly offering that you make is vital for the upkeep and expenses of our church and parish and your parish thanks you for being so generous.

Coffee Morning, Community Alert and Kindhearted Ladies

 

Coffee Morning
This year the organisers of the annual Michael Power Christmas Day Memorial Swim have decided to donate the proceeds to The Touching Hearts charity. As you know The Touching Hearts charity are working tirelessly to raise enough money to provide new premises and facilities for all the children who attend The Sacred Heart. The premises which they use at the moment is not suitable for the work they are trying to do and while the staff are tremendous they can only work with what they have. These children deserve the best possible help that is available and it is up to all of us to do everything we can to make sure they get exactly what they need.
During the next few weeks leading up to the Christmas Day swim you will hear of some fundraisers being organised so try your best to support them. We have our chance to support the cause on Friday November 10th and all you will be asked to do is to sit and relax with friends and have a cuppa. The Sweep Bar and Restaurant will host a coffee morning from 10am to 12 noon, so why not come along and enjoy a cuppa or two and please don’t forget to spread the word.

 


November Dead List.
Although our loved ones whom we have lost are never far from our thoughts, November is the month which is dedicated to remembering our loved ones in a special way. This special way of remembering them is known as The November Dead List. There will be a special box placed in front of the altar and if you would like to have loved ones included you can place an offering in the box. The special masses offered for the dead will take place each Wednesday night during November at 7.30pm beginning on Wednesday November 8th.
The final one of these masses on Wednesday November 29th will be offered especially for those who died during the past 12 months. Those who were buried in Ballyduff will be automatically included but if you have a relative or friend from outside the parish whom you would like remembered you are welcome to add them to the list. You can do this by contacting myself Linda Spillane on 087-9838392 or you can write their name on the list in the main porch of the church.


Community Alert.
The AGM of our local community alert group will take place in Ballyduff Community Centre on Tuesday November 7th at 8pm and all are welcome to attend. We are all aware of the wonderful work being done by this group and it is important that we all show our support and work together as a community to keep our area safe. Spread the word to your neighbours and friends and come along to the meeting.

 


Strictly Dance
A reminder to you all that Waterford GAA will host their strictly dance competition in The WIT Arena at Waterford IT, West Campus on Saturday November 11th at 8pm. We are of course well represented locally by both Marc O Neill and Ger Harris and I know the guys are practicing their steps every chance they get. This promises to be a great night of fun and glamour and we wish both of the lads the very best of luck. Tickets cost just €20 and are available from Marc or Ger or from your club.

 


Kindhearted Ladies
I want to give a big shout out to two big hearted young ladies Siofra and Naoise Phelan, Ardeenlone who recently donated 14 inches of their hair to the Rapunzel Foundation. What a wonderful and generous thing for these young girls to do and we congratulate them and tell them how proud we all are and we know that they have helped to make some children very happy indeed.

World Champion, Junk Koture and Strictly Dance

World Champion.
I am delighted to tell you all that we have a world champion in our midst. 11 year old Charlie Laffan, Carriganure became a kickboxing world champion recently and we send him our warmest congratulations. Charlie is a member of the Pat Rockett Karate and Kickboxing Academy and I have seen first hand the committment and dedication Charlie gives to his training. I know his parents Billy and Fiona are immensely proud of him as is his sister Makayla. We wish Charlie continued success.

 


GAA Lotto.
The numbers drawn in the latest lotto draw were 7,10,23 and 26 and there was no winner of the jackpot. The three lucky dip winners of €50 each were Eileen Hanrahan, Sean Atkins and John Stephenson. The next draw will take place on November 5th and will have a fabulous jackpot of €8,750. Tickets are just €2 or 3 for €5 and are available from all club members and will be on sale outside Centra on Saturday November 4th.

 


AGM Notice.
Our local community alert group will hold their AGM on Tuesday November 7th at 8pm in Ballyduff Community Centre. All are welcome to attend this meeting and join this group who provide a great service within our community.
Bridge News
The latest bridge game played by the Ballyduff/Portlaw club on Monday October 23rd and the results were:
1st: Kathleen Collins and Patsy Roche
2nd: Anna Ryan and Anna Harney
3rd: Fr. Michael O Byrne and Mary Kennedy.
4th: Celia Nugent and Mary Prendergast.

 


GAA Academy and Nursery News.

This groups season has now come to a close and what an amazing and memorable year they have had. A big thank you goes out to all the coaches and parents who give up their time to help these children in their athletic development. A special thank you to all the children who took part . The group will be back in early Spring so make sure you watch this space!
A big well done to the four volunteers Derek, Nina, Cathal and Tim who recently completed their coaching and child welfare courses. These qualifications will assist in the future development of the group and enhancing community life.

 


Junk Koture
Excitement is really building now for the Junk Koture Fashion Show on Friday November 3rd in Ballyduff Community Centre. All outfits or accessories have been designed and created by the members of our local girls football club. All items will be made from recycable products. This promises to be a great night of creativity and fun and tickets are just €5 and are available from any of the coaches or from Fiona on 083-1803294. I have heard a couple of rumours of celebrity judges being flown in at great expense and apparently the MC is out of this world.

 


Coffee Morning
A coffee morning in association with the Michael Power Christmas Day Memorial Swim will take place on Friday November 10th from 10am to 12 noon in The Sweep Bar. This year all the money raised from the swim will go to the Touching Hearts charity as they try to raise enough money to build and equip a new day care centre as their present building is not adequate or suitable. Please come along and bring a friend and enjoy a relaxing and confortable morn ing while supporting this great charity.

 


November Masses
Each Wednesday night at 7.30pm during the month of November we hold a special mass in memory and honour of our loved ones gone to God. A box will be placed in front of the altar in which you can place an offering. The last of these masses on Wednesday November 29th at 7.30pm will be offered especially for those who have died during the past 12 months. Those who died within the parish will automatically be included but if you have a loved one who died outside the parish then you are welcome to include their name. If you would like to include someone please contact Linda Spillane or write their name on the list in the porch.

 


Strictly Dance

As I already mentioned to you all we have two representatives from this parish taking part in the Waterford GAA Strictly Dance competition which will take place on Saturday November 11th in the WIT arena 8pm in Waterford IT West Campus. Marc O Neill and Ger Harris will take to the floor. The lads have tickets available for the night for just €20 each.
To help raise funds for the night the guys will host a friendly singing competition between Ballyduff and Portlaw GAA clubs in O Donnachas on November 4th. Music on the night will be by Dick Quinn. Come along and join in this night of fun.

Choir Members, Storm Mayhem and Strictly Dance

Choir Members.
St. Nicholas’s church choir rehearse every Monday night in Ballyduff church from 8pm to 9.15pm. Any adult who wishes to join is more than welcome to come along to practice or contact any of the choir members.

 


Storm Mayhem.
Well thank God we all made it through Storm Ophelia and are thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of the three people who died during the storm.
I know many people suffered damage to their homes or businesses and many had to go without electricity, water and phone services but thankfully all these things can be fixed. Of course we are lucky that we live in a fantastic community and neighbours helped neighbours and offers of help and support were passed around. Well done to all who helped during the storm and in the aftermath and I would encourage you all to keep it up. If you know any elderly people or people living alone please drop into them and check that everything is ok.

 


Station Masses.
Due to the electricty being knocked off in the church following the storm the station mass scheduled for last Tuesday night had to be cancelled and has now been rearranged. The station mass for Ballyduff Village, Ballyduff West, Ballyduff Hill, Newtown, Cullinagh, Gortaclode, Amberhill and Raheen will take place on Wednesday October 25th at 7.30pm in Ballyduff church. The last of the Autumn station masses will be for the areas of Knockaderry, Carrickphilip and Carriganure Upper in the home of Marie and John Murphy on Friday October 27th at 8pm.
Fr. Mick has asked me to say a huge thank you to all who hosted station masses and all who attended and he appreciates all who handed in their station dues.

 


Church News.
A special collection will be taken up by way of a second collection at masses this weekend to support the work of missionaries around the world. You are asked to be as generous as possible.
A reminder that if there is anyone who is sick or confined to home for any length of time and would like to receive holy communion on a Sunday morning after mass please contact Fr. Mick and he will be happy to put your name on the list. There is no set criteria so whether you are young or old, sick for a short time or a long time you are welcome to put your name forward.
Fr. Mick also likes to pay a visit to any parishioner who is sick at home or in hospital so he likes to know if people unfortunately find themselves sick at any time. If you have a family member, friend or neighbour who is sick at home or in hospital at any time please drop a text to Fr.Mick on 087-9626618 or you can also contact me Linda Spillane on 087-9838392 and I will let him know for you.

 


November Dead List.
As you know November is a month when we pay special honour to our loved ones who have gone before us. I know that they are never far from our thoughts but in November we celebrate the feasts of All Saints and All Souls. We here in this parish also hold a special mass each Wednesday night at 7.30pm in November which we offer for those gone before us. On the final Wednesday night in November which is the 29th the mass will be offered for all those who have passed away in the past 12 months. The person does not have to be from this parish to be included, if you lost a loved one from a different area and would like them to be included please contact myself Linda Spillane on 087-9838392 and I will make sure they are included. Mass times for All Saints day will be a vigil mass at 7.30pm on Tuesday October 31st and on Wednesday November 1st at 10am. On Thursday November 2nd the masses for All Souls will be at 10am and 7.30pm.

 


Engagement Celebrations
We send warmest congratulations to local girl Caroline Power who recently announced her engagement to Jimmy Butler. Jimmy surprised Caroline while on holidays and she tells me that she had no hesitation in answering yes to that all important question. Of course Caroline will be able to get lots of hints and ideas from her older sister Stephaine who will marry her fiance Ronan next year. We wish Caroline and Jimmy every happiness in their future lives together and hope that all their dreams come true.

 


Strictly Dance
Strictly Dance in aid of Waterford GAA will take place in the WIT arena at Waterford IT West Campus on Saturday November 11th at 8pm and we are being well represented down this neck of the woods. Marc O Neill and Ger Harris will take to the floor (not together now!). The guys are training tirelessly and every move is now a dance move so don’t be surprised to see them pirouette into the shop or cha cha cha across the field as they drop the children off at the match. If you fancy going along on the night to see the lads and many more glide around the dance floor tickets are €20 and are available from Marc or Ger.

Local Hero, Junk Koture and Gentle Paddy

GAA Lotto.

The numbers drawn in the latest lotto draw were 3, 21, 25 and 28. The three lucky dip winners of €50 each were Carmel Ryan, Claire Trihy and E. Fitzmaurice. The next draw will take place on October 22nd and there will be a fantastic jackpot of €8,600 on offer. Tickets are €2 each or 3 for €5 and are available from committee members and will be on sale at Centra on Saturday October 21st.

 


Station Masses.
The Autumn station masses continue this week and the mass for Ballyduff Village, Ballyduff Hill, Ballyduff West, Newtown, Cullinagh, Gortaclode, Amberhill and Raheen will take place on Tuesday October 17th at 7.30pm in Ballyduff Church. On Friday October 20th the mass for Blacknock, Powersknock, Carrigadustra and Fan Glas will take place in Ballyduff Church at 7.30pm and the final station mass will be for the areas of Knockaderry, Carrigphilip and Carriganure Upper in the home of Marie and John Murphy at 8pm on Friday October 27th.

 


Bridge News.

The results of the bridge game played by Ballyduff/ Portlaw bridge club on Monday October 9th are as follows:

1st: John Hartery and Peggy Murphy.
2nd: John Fitzpatrick and Patsy Roche.
3rd: Celia Nugent and Mary O Brien.
4th: Theresa Phelan and Ann Marie Brown.

 


Date For The Diary

The annual Michael Power Christmas Day swim will this year donate its proceeds to The Touching Hearts charity who are working to provide much needed new premises and facilities for the Sacred Heart Centre who provide a vital service for children with disabilities. To kick off the fundraising there will be a coffee morning in The Sweep bar and restaurant on Friday November 10th from 10am to 12 noon. Don’t worry I will be reminding you of this event in the coming weeks but mark that date in your diary for now.

 


Kickboxing Champ.
We send our congratulations to Zara White, Ballyduff who took home the Junior title from the IKF Kickboxing Irish Championship in Athlone recently. This is the 4th Irish title for Zara who is a member of the Billy O Sullivan kickboxing club. Zara who is also a two time world champion will travel to Italy on October 25th as part of the Irish team taking part in the Unified World Championships. We wish Zara the very best of luck and safe travels.

 


Happy Retirement.
We wish good health and happiness to Karl Casey, Ballyduff on his recent retirement from the hairdressing business. I am certain that Karl will not be spending his retirement relaxing too much as he will be kept busy keeping up with all his other interests and I am sure his children and grandchildren will have plenty of plans for him. We hope he enjoys his retirement having given so many years of service to the industry.

 


Local Hero.
A huge well done to local man Kelvin Kearns, Tigroe who recently saved the life of a 75 year old gentleman who lost control of his car and left the road, crashing down a ravine and landing upside down in a deep stream. Kelvin who came on the accident quickly went to the mans rescue while another passer by rang the emergency services. Kelvin climbed down the bank and entered the stream, pulling the man out of the car and due to the positioning of the vehicle on the bank, he had to hold the man out of the water until the emergency services arrived. The family of the man involved issued a plea for Kelvin to come forward so they could thank him but Kelvin being the unassuming man he is had to be persuaded by his mother and girlfriend to come forward but he has since spoken to the family of the man who is continuing to recover in hospital.
Of course all of us who know Kelvin understand why he was reluctant to come forward. He is the type of character who would not wish for any attention or praise but I am delighted that people now know about his heroic and selfless act of kindness. Of course he didn’t lick these traits off the ground, his parents Albert and Belinda have always instilled in their 3 children the importance of helping people any time you can. Having being their neighbour for many years I have first hand experience and they are definetly the kind of neighbours everyone should have.

 


Junk Koture
Ever looked at all your recycable rubbish at home and wondered is there anything I could do with that, well all around the parish as we speak young girls from our local girls football club are gathering recycable items and inventing and designing outfits and accessories which they will create themselves and present to you at their fundraising fashion show extraodinaire “Junk Koture”. This show will take place on Friday November 3rd in Ballyduff Community Centre and promises to be a great night of fun with judges flown in at great expense for the night. Tickets are just €5 and all proceeds will go to the girls football team who are making great strides in the football world. Tickets are available from all coaches or by contacting Fiona on 083-1803294.

 


Gentle Paddy
We were all saddened to hear of the death of our eldest parishioner Paddy Walsh, The Bakery, Knockaderry. Paddy could only be described as a true gentleman. He always had a smile and a chat for everyone he met. He had a great love for Gods creatures especially his cattle in earlier days and of course his great love of flowers and nature was evident to all who passed by his house. His snowdrops and crocuses showed us those first signs of Spring and his daffodils lined the road for all to enjoy. Easter lillies adorned his greenhouse and the entire garden was full of glorious colour.
Paddy was predeceased by his beloved wife Nellie whom he loved and adored and his care and love for her shone out for all to see. Their home welcomed all who called and their faith and dedication to our local church was exemplary.
We take comfort knowing that Paddy and Nellie are now back together the way they always wanted to be. As you enjoy the colours and scents of nature around us think of them both and smile in their memory. Ar Dheis De Go Raibh Siad.

A little treasure, Post Office Success and Parent and Toddler

Station Masses
The Autumn station masses are continuing this week and on Friday October 13th the mass for Adamstown, Matthews Cross and Ballyduff East will be in the home of Bridie Power at 8pm. On Tuesday October 17th the mass for Ballyduff Village, Ballyduff West, Ballyduff Hill, Newtown, Cullinagh, Gortaclode, Amberhill and Raheen will be in the church at 7.30pm. The mass for Blacknock, Powersknock, Carrigadustra and Fan Glas will be on Friday October 20th in Ballyduff Church at 7.30pm and on Friday October 27th the mass for Knockaderry, Carrigphilip and Carriganure Upper will be in the home of John and Marie Murphy at 8pm.

 


Bridge News.
The Ballyduff/Portlaw bridge club played their latest game on Monday October 2nd and the results are as follows:
1st: Mary O Brien and Kathleen Collins.
2nd: Mary Prendergast and Anne Marie Brown.
3rd: Anna Harney and Kate Hayes.
4th: Peggy Murphy and Elizabeth Mooney.

 


A Little Treasure.
Congratulations to Dermot and Louise Dooley, Kilmagemogue who recently welcomed their beautiful baby girl Olivia into the world. Olivia is not going to have to worry about learning the ways of the world or anything because she has her two big brothers Darragh and Cathal and big sister Ava ready and willing to teach her the ropes. We welcome Olivia to our parish and look forward to meeting her. We wish this happy family every health and happiness in the future.

 


Ballyduff AFC.
Our friends in Ballyduff Soccer Club are looking to recruit a grounds person for their club. If you are a CE worker (Fais) and think you would be interested in finding out more then please contact Paddy Kirk.
This position is becoming available because the present groundsman is due to retire. Harry Power has been taking care of the grounds for the past 5 years and the club would like to say a huge thank you to him for keeping the grounds in such good condition. All the committee and club members appreciate his hard work.


Post Office Success.
I am delighted to be writing about our local Post Office remaining open and not closing which was feared in the past few weeks. As you are all aware our Post Office is a vital service not only in our own areas but also caters for people in many surrounding parishes. The closure of the Post Office would have been a disaster not only for the direct users of it but it would also inevitabely have had a knock on effect on other local businesses. Congratulations to all who fought against this closure but remember An Post will still hold a review of all national Post Offices so we must remain fighting and most importantly we must show how important this service is to us by using it as much as we possibly can. So remember the slogan “Use it or loose it”

 


Parent and Toddler.
I am delighted to hear that many people are availing of our local Parent and Toddler group. The group meet every Friday morning in Ballyduff Community Centre from 10am to 12 noon and you are welcome to drop in for whatever length of time suits you. The children play happily while the babies have a stretch in the ball pool. There are many games and arts and crafts to keep the children amused while the parents or minders can enjoy a cuppa and a chat in comfort. This group provide a great outlet for parents and carers to meet up with other adults and the children make great friends with others whom they will probably go to playschool and national school with. Drop in and see what it is all about, you will be very welcome.


Your Notes
If you would like me to include an item in these notes for you then please contact me Linda Spillane on 087-9838392 or spillanelinda2017@gmail.com or indeed like I have said many times before I am always out and about around the parish so give a shout if you spot me and we’ll have a chat.

Croke Park Honour, Flying High and Community Alert

Bridge News.

The Ballyduff/Portlaw bridge club meet every Monday night in Ballyduff N.S and the results of the latest game are as follows:

1st: Kate Hayes and Sean Hennessy
2nd: Geraldine McMahon and Nano Fitzgerald.
3rd: Theresa Phelan and John Fitzpatrick.
4th: Peggy Murphy and Elizabeth Mooney.


GAA Lotto
The numbers drawn in the latest lotto draw were 4, 7, 14 and 16. There was no winner of the jackpot and the three lucky dip winners of €50 each were Fergus Dunne, Tyrone Costello and Michael Phelan. The next draw will take place on October 8th and will have a fantastic jackpot of €8,450. Tickets cost €2 or 3 for €5 and are available from committee members and will be on sale on Saturday October 7th at Centra.

 


New Little Princess.
We send our heartiest congratulations to Brian and Laura O Leary who recently welcomed their beautiful baby daughter Phoebe into the world. Phoebe is of course a very lucky little lady because she has big brother Cathal and big sister Chloe ready and willing to show her the ropes. I had the pleasure of meeting baby Phoebe in person and I can tell you all she is a real little beauty. We wish this happy little family the best of everything in the future.


Station Masses.
The annual Autumn station masses are beginning this week and I will carry a list of them in these notes so keep an eye out for your area. On Tuesday October 3rd the station mass for Stonehouse, Lacka Road and Whelansbridge will take place in the home of Declan and Breda Finn at 8pm. On Thursday October 5th the mass for Ballygarron, Ardeenlone, Lisahane, Shanbally, Ross, Kildermody, Kilmagemogue and Carriganure Lower at 7.30pm. On Friday October 13th the mass for Adamstown, Matthews Cross and Ballyduff East will be in the home of Bridie Power at 8pm.
Choir Performance
St. Nicholas’s choir will perform at the Sunday morning mass on October 8th. A reminder that the choir rehearse every Monday night in the church from 8pm to 9.15pm. Any adults interested in joining are very welcome to come along or contact a member of the choir.

 


Clothes Collection
Ballyduff AFC would like to thank everyone who has brought along their unwanted clothes, bed linen, towels, curtains, shoes, bags, soft toys. There is still time for you to drop your bags off at the club house any weekday evening. If you need items collected please contact Jenny on 086-8605930. All money raised from this fundraiser goes to the continuing development of the club.

 


County Champions.
Congratulations to the Under 13 Ballyduff/Portlaw hurlers who became county champions when they beat An Ghaeltacht by two points. Well done to this spirited and talented team and well done to all their supporters who are all very proud of them.

 


Croke Park Honour
Heartiest congratulations to Carriganure lady Fiona Laffan who travelled to Croke Park as part of the Waterford All Ireland ladies football team of 1992 who were honoured during the All Ireland football games and Fiona tells me that they were treated like royalty and were given a day to remember. Fiona who was Fiona Crotty at that time played a vital role in the 1992 team and of course it was double celebrations for the Crotty family on the day as her sister Marie also played on the team. We are very lucky to now have Fiona inspiring and coaching future players as she coaches the girls in Ballyduff GAA club.

 


Flying High.

Congratulations to Ballyduff man Paul Sheehan who recently completed a skydive at Kilkenny Aerodrome. Paul took to the air to raise money for Waterford Hospice. We are all aware of the vital work being carried out by this charity and of the wonderful care and support they give to patients and their families. Paul handed over a cheque for €1,078 which the charity were delighted to receive.

 


Fundraiser

Ballyduff lady Anne Coe(nee Fenlon) contacted me to let me know about a fundraising night she is arranging on Saturday October 14th at 9pm in The Cotton Mill, Portlaw. The fundraiser is in aid of Lilly who is a 3 year old girl who suffers from a condition called Cystic Hygroma which causes her tongue to swell which affects her breathing. If there are any musicians or singers out there willing to volunteer their time or anyone willing to donate a spot prize, all help would be appreciated.

 


Community Alert.
The first meeting after the Summer break of our community alert group was held last week. In attendance were community guard Tom Daly and Seargant Alan Kissane who again praised our garda text scheme which has proved very successful. They also informed us that there is now a 24 hour service in Kilmacthomas Garda Station. Also present were members from the Portlaw, Dunhill and Kilmacthomas groups. Invited guests on the night were historian Julian Walton who spoke about the history of Curraghmore and our own local author Karen Power who spoke of her entry into the world of novel writing. The group will meet again in a few weeks and they have asked that we spread the word about the group and encourage our neighbours and friends to attend.

 


Reunion of Champions.

On Saturday October 7th at 9.30pm in The Clodagh Lounge, Portlaw there will be a special celebration and reunion night of the 1977 Portlaw team who were crowned Senior Hurling County Champions in that year. Of course three of that team emigrated down here to Kilmeaden to live and so we are delighted to see them being honoured. Of course I do have a personal reason for mentioning this as my own dad Noel O Sullivan was part of the team as was Paddy Henebry of Stonehouse and of course not forgetting the late great Tom Cheasty. We look forward to a special night with music by Noddy and light refreshments served.

Run Success, Life after Loss and Parent and Toddler

Bridge News.

The results of the latest bridge game are as follows:

1st: Ann Marie Brown and Breda Murphy.
2nd: Theresa Phelan and Mary Prendergast.
3rd: Mary O Brien and Michael O Donovan.
4th: Anna Harney and Anna Ryan.

 


Mass Bookings
We have now taken the bookings for weekend anniversary masses for the months of October, November and December so if you missed your chance to book one please just contact me Linda Spillane on 087-9838392 and I will look after you.

 


School Mass.
Congratulations to all the staff and pupils of Ballyduff N.S who took part in their school mass last week. Fr. O Byrne offered the mass at this the beginning of the new school year for the good health and success of the entire school. The children took part in the readings, prayers of the faithful and offertery procession and they did a marvellous job. The school choir sang some beautiful hymns and were accompanied by their principal Ms.Power on keyboard and by new teacher Mr. Stapleton on flute. Included in their prayers of the faithful was a prayer for the speedy recovery of the school caretaker Frankie Carlin a sentiment we all echo. The children did a wonderful job at mass and were a credit to themselves and their school.
Two important dates for 2018 have been realeased by the school. The pupils of second class will make their First Holy Communion on Saturday May 12th while the pupils from 5th and 6th class will be confirmed in Ballyduff Church on Thursday May 24th.

 


Community Alert

Our local community alert group return after the Summer break with their first meeting taking place on Tuesday September 26th at 8pm in Ballyduff Community Centre. All are welcome to attend this meeting and please spread the word to your friends and neighbours. Keep our community united against crime.


Recent Death.
We send our deepest sympathy to Renee Power, Blacknock on the recent death of her brother Paddy Greene of Wellington Street and Ballybricken. Paddy of course was well known as a singer and entertainer and it was many a song he sang in O Donnachas (known then as De Laceys of course) over the years. Paddys removal and funeral mass took place in Ballybricken and he was laid to rest in St. Otterans graveyard. May he rest in peace and now sing with Gods chorus of angels.

 


Welcome Back
We say a big welcome back to St. Nicholas’s choir who have returned following a much deserved Summer break. Any adult wishing to join the choir would be made very welcome. The choir sing every fortnight at mass and rehearsals take place every Monday night in the church from 8pm to 9.15pm. If you would like to join come along to rehearsals or contact one of the choir members.
The choirs next performance at mass will be on Sunday October 8th at 10am.

 


Run Success
Congratulations to all who took part in the charity runway run at Waterford Airport in memory of the late Dara Fitzpatrick but we give a special shout out to Father and Son duo Dermot and Darragh Dooley, Kilmagemogue East, Kilmeaden who completed the 5k run in a fantastic time of 33.59. All the proceeds of the run went to the South East Mountain Rescue team and to the Touching Hearts charity. We are all very proud of Dermot and Darragh and I know Louise, Ava and Cathal are super proud too.

 


Life After Loss
If you have lost a loved one and are searching for ways to cope or indeed someone neutral to chat to then the Family Ministry of the Diocese of Waterford and Lismore offer a service where you can talk in confidence to a trained listener/counsellor in a safe and confidential setting. To find out more about the service please contact 051-858772 or familyministrywaterford@eircom.net

 


Ballyduff GAA
Ballyduff have lots to celebrate with our Junior Footballers in an Eastern Final and the U13 hurlers in the County Final. The Tom Cheasty Park has never looked so well and a big thank you must go to all who have contributed to this especially Albert who is constantly improving the place and the club feel very lucky to have him.
The Nursery and Academy Groups have increased in numbers over the past two years which shows continuing success for the club in the future. The group caters for boys and girls aged 4 to 10 and the club are looking for anyone interested in helping out with the coaching. There are places available on an accredited GAA coaching course in October so if you feel you would like to get involved please contact Brian on 087-2486423 or any committee member.

 


Autumn Stations.

The Autumn stations have come around as fast as ever and the first of these masses will be for the areas of Lacka Road, Stonehouse and Whelansbridge in the home of Declan and Breda Finn on Tuesday October 3rd at 8pm.
On Thursday October 5th the mass for Ballygarron, Ardeenlone, Lisahane, Shanbally, Ross, Kildermody, Kilmagemogue and Carriganure Lower will be the church at 7.30pm.
I will carry a full list of the station masses in next weeks so keep an eye out for your area.

 


Parent and Toddler
Our local Parent and Toddler group are back now after the Summer break and would like to welcome any toddlers or babies along with their parent/minder. They meet each Friday morning in Ballyduff Community Centre from 10am to 12 noon. This is a great environment for the toddlers and babies to get to know other children and play and make friends in a friendly and relaxing environment. It is also an outlet for the adults to chat and mingle and get to know people. All are welcome to come along and join in the fun.

Results Success, Cup Winners and Clothes Collection

GAA Lotto.

The numbers drawn in the latest lotto draw were 14, 20, 21 and 24. There was no winner of the jackpot and the three lucky dip winners of €50 each were Renee Power, Brenda Foley and Teresa Veale. The next draw will take place on September 24th and will have a fantastic jackpot of €8,300. Tickets cost just €2 or three for €5 and will be on sale at Centra on Saturday September 23rd or can be purchased from any committee member.Choose those four numbers carefully and the jackpot could be yours.


Bridge News.
Welcome back to the Ballyduff/Portlaw Bridge Club who have returned from their Summer break. The results of the first game back are as follows:
1st: Celia Nugent and Mary O Brien
2nd: Sean Hennessy and Mary Prendergast.
3rd: Geraldine McMahon and Nano Fitzgerald.
4th: Mary Shanahan and Fr.Michael O Byrne.

 


Mass Bookings.
If you would like to book a weekend anniversary mass for a loved one during the months of October, November or December then bookings will take place after both of the weekend masses on September 23rd and 24th. Masses are shared if needed but if you would rather not share the mass please state so at the time of booking. The booking of a months mind or first anniversary masses take preference over the choice of dates so if you have one of these please contact me Linda Spillane on 087-9838392 before the bookings so I can make sure that you get your prefered date.


Results Success.
Congratulations and well done to all the young people who received their Junior Cert results last week. We hope that they all enjoyed their celebrations and we wish them every success in their future education.

 


Community Alert.
The High Road/Ballyduff community alert have returned from their Summer break and will hold their first meeting on Tuesday September 26th at 8pm in Ballyduff Community Centre. All are welcome and encouraged to attend this meeting and come together to protect our community.

 


Cup Winners
Ballyduff AFC’s Under 11 panel travelled to Portlaw recently to take on Portlaw in the 8th annual Terry Buler Cup. Ballyduff were the victorious side and were presented with the cup by Darren Butler on behalf of his family. Well done to all the lads involved, I have no doubt that your families and club are very proud of you all.

 


Clothes Collection
A reminder to you that you still have a little bit of time left to clear out those wardrobes and closets. You can bag up your unwanted clothes, bed linen, towels, curtains, shoes, bags, belts and soft toys and drop them up to the Ballyduff AFC grounds any evening Monday to Friday from 7pm to 8.30pm. If you need your items to be collected please text Jenny on 086-8605930. Only money raised from this collection will be used for the continued development of the club.

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.