Silver Dawning, What a Success and Change of Date

A Silver Dawning.

It is hard to believe that our local drama group Dawn Players will this year celebrate its’ 25th season. The group first took to the stage with their production of Brian Friels play “Lovers” in 1995. At the moment Dawn Players are reading through some scripts to find the perfect play for their silver jubilee production.

The group are always interested in welcoming new members so if you would like to take to the acting world or help out backstage or front of house then they would be delighted to hear from you. To express your interest please contact Karen on 086-1590939.


Bridge News

The Ballyduff/Portlaw bridge group played their latest game on Monday September 9th and the results were as follows:
1st: Breda Cowman and Sean Hennessy

2nd: John Fitzpatrick and Patsy Roche.

3rd: Mary and Anne Kennedy.

4th: Margaret White and Mary Prendergast.


GAA Lotto

The numbers drawn in the latest lotto draw were 5, 16, 17 and 20 but there was no jackpot winner. The three lucky dip winners of €50 each were Nano Fitzgerald, Benny O Connell and The Sweep Gang 2. The next draw will take place on September 22nd and will have a whopping jackpot of €12,500 up for grabs.

Tickets cost just €2 each or three for €5 and are available from all committee members and will be on sale at Centra on Saturday September 21st. Choose those four little numbers carefully and you could get your hands on that fantastic jackpot.


What a Success.

The Kilmeaden Vintage Tractor Club recently held their annual tractor run in aid of The Solas Cancer Support Centre and as alaways it was a huge success. Although the weather wasn’t as favourable as other years, the crowds still arrived to show their support for this great cause. In Haughtons last week the club handed over a cheque for €5,522.85 to representatives from The Solas Centre. This was an absolute fantastic amount and the club are very grateful to all who supported them. A big well done also to the very hardworking committee who stage this very enjoyable event every year.

 


Change Of Date

The AGM of the Ballyduff Community Centre Redevelopment committee will take place on Thursday September 26th at 8.15pm in the hall. All are invited and welcome to attend this meeting and lend your strengths and talents to the running of the hall and fundraising and planning for the future of the hall. As you know our community centre is the centre point of our area with lots of weekly activities taking place and it is important that we all work together to keep it going from strength to strength.


GAA News.

Our U11 footballers had a tough game against Na Gaeil and this group have done very well with 2 wins out of 3 so far and are developing very nicely especially as most of them were not playing anything this time last year.

The U10 hurlers had a great game against Ballygunner. Starting off a bit sluggish, the lads really found their feet then with some super scores in what was a close game in the end. A big thank you to the Ballygunner club who were super sportsmen and give great priority to kids development. It is always a pleasure to host them.

The U9 footballers continued their winning ways in the league with wind over DLS and Rathgormack. With great skills and athleticism on show they still have a 100% record in this league which is phenomenal.

Our Sympathy, Youth Drama and Hall AGM

Bridge News.

A big welcome back to the Ballyduff/Portlaw bridge club who have returned following their Summer break. The results of their game played on Monday September 2nd are as follows:
1st: Peggy Murphy and John Fitzpatrick.

2nd: William and Ann Tobin.

3rd: Kathleen Collins and Patsy Roche.

4th: Sean Hennessy and Nano Fitzgerald.


Our Sympathy.

We send our deepest sympathies to Helen Harris, Knockaderry on the ecent death of her beloved father . Mr. Patrick Coady was a resident of Ardmore Park in Ballybeg. His funeral mass was celebrated in St. Saviours Church Ballybeg and burial took place in St. Otterans Cemetery. We offer Helen and all her family our condolences and hope that they will find comfort in their memories.


100 Years Young.

We send warm birthday wishes to Mrs. Joan Hallissey, William Street, Portlaw who last week reached the tender age of 100. Joan who is a resident of Mooncoin Residential Care Centre celebrated her big day surrounded by her loving family and friends. Joan made a little trip back home to Portlaw in recent weeks and caught up with some of the locals. I was delighted to hear that Joan enjoyed her birthday and that she is in such good health.


Youth Drama

Each year Ballyduff Youth Drama stage an excellent show and this year is no different. Commencing on Monday September 9th from 6.45pm to 8.15pm in Ballyduff Community Centre. All boys and girls from 5th and 6th classes are invited to come along and join in the fun. Remember that you don’t have to be attending Ballyduff NS or from the area. If you are interested in joining this group it is important that you express your interest asap as places are limited. To register your name please call Helen on 087-6493657.


Back To School

A big welcome back to the pupils and staff of Ballyduff NS who returned to school last week. We extend a warm welcome to all the new children in Junior Infants and their families. We hope that they enjoy their time in the school. We wish everyone a very happy, safe and enjoyable year.

 


Ballyduff AFC.

As you are all aware we have a fantastic soccer club here in Ballyduff and it has members of all ages. It is a hive of activity many nights a week with all age groups enjoying the game. As parents we all play a pivotal role in supporting childrens participation in sport. In order to progress and ensure the future of these teams help is needed. The club really need new coaches and referees to come forward and help maintain the vibrancy of he club. If you feel you could help out then please contact Paddy Kirk or Joanne King.

 


Hall AGM

Ballyduff Community Centre will hold their AGM on Tuesday October 1st at 7.30pm in the community centre. All are invited to come along and maybe get involved with the running of the hall, help with ideas for future fundraising and plans for the hall. A community centre is a vital part of every parish and it is important that we help in any way we can in making it a success.

 


GAA News.

The U11 footballers recorded a great win over Tramore on a score line of 8-3 to 4-4. Although they started off a bit shaky they fought back well and produced some great scores. A big well done to all the supporters on the line who really cheered the team on.

Well done to Rory Dobbyn, Sean Fitzgerald and Jack O Donnell who lined out with the U15 county hurling team last week and also to Billy Cuddihy who played on the U14 hurling team in the Tony Forristal tournament.

Huge congratulations to the Ballyduff U12 LGFA team on their recent great win over Old Parish on a scoreline of 3-5 to 1-2. That win secured them a place in the County Final against Abbeyside which will have taken place when these notes are issued. I hope to attend the game and so will give you a full report next week.

Well done also to the U8 and U10 girls from our academy section who recently travelled to Mount Sion to play challenge games. The girls played really well and great fun was had by all.

Our intermediate hurlers dug deep and came out with a one point win over Butlerstown. It was a very close game and they showed great resiliance to get over the line. They will meet Dunhill in the semi final on the weekend of September 27th/28th.

Golden Couple, Take to the Stage and School Celebrations

GAA Lotto

The numbers drawn in the latest lotto draw were 2, 16, 18 and 27. There was no winner of the jackpot but the three lucky dip winners of €50 each were Fergus Dunne, Benny Carberry and The Sweep Gang 2. The next draw will take place on September 8th and there will be a fantastic jackpot of €12,500 up for grabs.

Tickets cost just €2 each or three for €5 and are available from all committee members and will be on sale outside Centra in Kilmeaden on Saturday September 7th. The only job you have is to choose those four numbers carefully and then work out how you will spend that jackpot.

 


AGM

The AGM of Ballyduff Community Centre will take place on Tuesday October 1st at 7.30pm in the community hall. All are welcome and encouraged to attend and lend your support and talents to the running of the hall, future fundraising for the hall and ideas and plans for the future. If you feel that this is something you could give some time to and ensure the continued success of our community centre then head along to the meeting and hear what is involved.


Birthday Boy
Big birthday wishes to the very popular Ross Kavanagh of Ardeenlone who recently celebrated his 40th birthday. We all know that Ross is a very quiet, unassuming guy who doesnt like any fuss or attention so he celebrated with a few dignified quiet drinks in his local Haughtons and then continued the birthday celebrations the next day with the three lovely ladies in his life, his wife Siobhan and his two beautiful daughters Eve and Sarah. Of course it was double celebrations for Ross as he not only celebrated his birthday but he also celebrated 13 wonderful years of marriage to Siobhan. We wish Siobhan and Ross many more happy years of wedded bliss and we hope that Ross has many lovely memories of his 40th birthday( when his memory comes back that is!!!)


Golden Couple

It’s hard to believe that well known couple Mickey and Elizabeth Barry recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They must have got married not long after their Confirmation day. The couple celebrated with family and friends in Kilmeadens own Milestone Coffee House. We wish this happy popular couple many more years of wedded bliss and happy days spent with their children and beloved grandchildren.

 


Sympathy

We extend our deepest sympathy to Michael Hearne, Kildermody on the recent death of his sister Kathleen Halley late of Kilcaragh, Grantstown. Kathleens funeral mass took place in the Sacred Heart Church, The Folly and she was laid to rest in Carbally cemetery. We pray that she now rests in gentle peace and we hope that her family will find comfort in their memories of her.

 


Take To The Stage

Are you aged 5 and up? Do you like to sing and dance? Star Struck Theatre School will hold classes every Monday and Wednesday evening from 5pm to 6pm in Ballyduff Community Centre. Drop in and check out what its all about.


School Celebrations

St. Declans Community College in Kilmacthomas is ready to celebrate its 50th anniversary in style and have a great day of celebrations planned. Of course the school is in the very lucky position of being situated so close to our beautiful Greenway and so will hold an anniversary cycle “Back To Kilmac”. There will be two meeting points on the day, you can join at Kilmeaden Train Station or Durrow. Cyclists will leave the starting points in groups between 10.30am and 11.00am. There will also be activities around the school with an official welcome at 1pm. Celebrations will continue on into the night with The Renegades performing in Kierseys at 9pm. There are sure to be lots more activities going on so keep an eye on their facebook page “St. Declans CC 50th Anniversary Cycle “Back to Kilmac”.


Your Notes

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Back to School, Visiting the Sick and New Beginnings

Back To School.
I know all the boys and girls in our area are delighted that it is almost time to return to school after the Summer holidays. Many of the Secondary school students are returning this week and we wish them all the very best of luck especially those starting secondary school for the first time.

The children from Ballyduff NS will return on Monday September 2nd and we wish them all a wonderful happy year. We welcome all the new families to our school and hope that their experience is a pleasant one.

We were all told as we grew up that our schooldays were the best days of our lives and of course it sounded ridiculous at that young age but as we became adults we knew the real truth in it.

 


Our Sympathy.
We send our deepest sympathy to the Doyle family on the death of Don Doyle during the week. Don lived a quiet and private life in the family home at Blacknock. He and his beloved wife Bridget reared their children there and welcomed grandchildren in later years. Blacknock is of course a place of friendliness and good neighbours and a lovely place to live and I am sure Don and Bridget knew they had chosen the perfect family home. We hope that Don now rests in gentle peace and that his family will find comfort in their memories of him.


GAA News.

A big well done to the U11 footballers who recorded a great defeat over John Mitchells in a 3-7 to 3-5 in a rip roaring close encounter. While missing a good few regulars the team dug deep and came out on top. This group are admired for their never say die attitude.

A huge well done and congratulations to clubman Jack O Donnell who was part of the Waterford U15 football team who defeated Westmeath 2-10 to 2-8 to win the Dermot Early shield. This is a wonderful achievement for Jack and I have no doubt that his family are immensely proud of him as are his club and parish.

Congratulations to the Ballyduff GAA and LGFA players who represented their club and county so well in the All Ireland Community Games in UL. This talented bunch of ladies reached the All Ireland semi final and returned home with bronze medals in camogie. Their determination is an inspiration to us all.


Visiting The Sick

As you are well aware we have a custom here in our parish of visiting the sick people of the parish with Holy Communion after mass each Sunday. Volunteer Ministers bring the Eucharist to the person in their home and I know they are extremely grateful for this. If you or someone you know are sick at home and unable to attend mass but would like to receive the Eucharist then please contact Fr. Mick or Ann in the sacristy and they will make sure you are on the list.

The sick of our parish are very dear to both priests and they like to make sure that they visit them whether they are sick at home or in hospital. While they regularly call to the sick and elderly there are times when people from the parish are ill and the priest would not know. Due to all the new data protection laws etc it is not as easy for them to find out who is in hospital from their parish and so are reliant on family or friends of the person letting them know. If at any stage someone from the parish is sick in hospital or at home and would like a visit from the priest, Fr. Mick asks that you might let myself Linda Spillane 087-9838392 know and I can pass on the details to him.

 


New Beginings

Although we think of the start of a New Year as a time for new beginnings, I think that the month of September can bring great changes to peoples lives. Parents watch as children head back to school or begin primary or secondary school for the first time. Children head off to school hoping that they will fit in and find their place. Young adults head off in all directions to colleges and universities, leaving behind the security of home. Many begin new jobs, apprenticeships, courses hoping that they have chosen wisely. Your next step should always be the one you choose yourself not because its what you think others want or expect from you.Our lives on this earth are short enough so we must spend them doing what we are passionate about, what interests us most. Everyday we get up is a new beginning, a chance to learn something new, make a new friend, explore something new. September is a month of “firsts”, first day of playschool, first day of primary school, first day of secondary school, first day of college, first day of new adventures or just simply a first day!

Every Day is a new beginning. Treat it that way

Stay away from what might have been and look at what can be.


Notes Contact
Many activities and organiasations start up their activities and meetings again in the next few weeks. If you would like to let people about your group or meetings or events you are holding then please drop me a line at spillanelinda2017@gmail.com or call or text on 087-9838392 or if you see me out and about come over for a chat. A big thank you to all my regular contributors and I look forward to meeting many new ones in the coming months

Wedding Bells, Get your Coffee and New Venture

New Secretary.

Ballyduff AFC are delighted to welcome Joanne King as their new club secretary. We know that Joanne will give her very best to the job and we wish her every success.

We also say a big thank you to outgoing secretary Jenny Kirk who has given great dedication and committment to the club. The club are very grateful for all the hard work she has put into the club and wish her the very best for the future.

 


Wedding Bells.

We send our heartiest congratulations to local Ballyduff girl Edel O Keeffe who said “I do” to the love of her life Jimmy Quirke last weekend. Edel and Jimmy shared their day with their families and friends and the bride looked stunning as she arrived to meet her husband to be. Of course there is another young man in Edels life and that is their gorgeous son Alex who looked extremely handsome in his suit. We wish this happy little family the very best that life has to offer and we hope their future is full of love and laughter.


GAA Lotto

The numbers drawn in the latest lotto draw were 21,22,24 and 28 and there was no winner of the jackpot. The three lucky dip winners of €50 each were Peg Power, Stephen Torpey and Catherine Power. The next draw will take place on August 24th and there will be a fantastic jackpot of €12,500 up for grabs. Tickets cost just €2 or three for €5 and are on sale from all committee members and will be on sale at Centra on Saturday August 24th. Choose your four numbers and your luck may be in.


Results Time.

We congratulate all the young men and women who received their Leaving Cert results last week. We hope that everyone was happy and if not remember that its not the end of the world. There are always many ways to get to a destination so just take a breath, take advice and remember that you are worth ten times more than any exam tells you. Whether your next step is off to college, starting an apprenticeship, starting work, back to repeat, off on your travels or taking some time out to decide your next move, we all wish the very best for you and hope that whatever path you take in life it brings you happiness and contentment.


Get Your Coffee.

I headed down with some little friends of mine, well in fact if I am honest even though they were children they’re all nearly taller than me but anyway we headed down to the beautiful Suir Valley railway on Friday August 9th. Damien and the crew from WLR broadcasted their morning show and were delighted with the lovely Kilmeaden welcome. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t the best on the day but that didn’t take from the atmosphere on the day as local people gathered to join in the fun. Many locals and groups from the area were interviewed and given a chance to tell all about what their club or organisation was all about. It was a chance also for the railway crew and volunteers to showcase their great amenity and invite all to visit, have a spin on the train taking in the beauty of the scenic route, maybe stopping off for a visit to Mount Congreve gardens and then back to enjoy a lovely warm cuppa and a slice of one of the many delicious cakes on offer. We wish all the crew and many volunteers at Waterford Suir Valley Railway continued success and thank them for taking such pride in their place.


GAA News

The club were delighted last week to visit the railway and be given the opportunity to speak to Damien Tiernan from WLR and showcase what the club is all about. It was a very special occasion and the club wish all at WSVR the very best of luck with their new coffee dock.

The U9 footballers had a great league game last week defeating John Mitchells 10-5 to 5-3. True sportmanship was on show as some of the Ballyduff lads had to play with the opposition because they were short players. There were some great skills on show and everyone got to take part and enjoy the experience.

The U11 footballers also recorded a great win over John Mitchells in a rip roaring close encounter ending in a scoreline of 3-7 to 3-5. Although a few regulars were missing the team really dug deep and came out on top. This team really have a never say die attitude which everyone admires.


New Venture.

It is wonderful to see another new business opening up in our area. We extend a warm welcome to Prim and Proper who have opened up in the Kilmeaden Business Centre. This ladies consignment boutique sell pre owned and new Couture, designer, high street brands, fashion accessories, jewellery, bespoke hats and fasinators. Something here for every occasion and every day wear. Call in and give them a warm welcome and a little browse around. We wish all at Prim and Proper the very best of luck and thank them for choosing Kilmeaden as their base.

Little Princess, Results Are In and Drop a Line

Little Princess.

We send our warmest congratulations to local couple Louise and Ian Doogue on the recent birth of their beautiful baby daughter Annabelle. This very lucky girl has the benefit of having big brother Eoin ready and willing to show her the ropes and the best ways to win mammy and daddy around if needs be. We wish this happy little family every happiness and look forward to meeting Annabelle in person.


Ruby Couple.

We send heartiest congratulations and best wishes to Pakie and Nell Ryan who recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. The happy couple celebrated in the company of their sons and daughters and all their beautiful grandchildren. I know Pakie and Nell enjoy a dance or two so hopefully they got to enjoy a turn or two around the floor. We wish them many more happy and healthy years of wedded bliss.


Results Are In!
We wish the very best of luck to all those who are awaiting their Leaving Cert results. We hope that the work and committment that they put in will be rewarded. If for any reason you are disappointed in any way then please keep the head up there are many different routes to get to your destination. Some take the straight road through while others take a more scenic route. There is something out there waiting for all of you whether it is a college place, an apprenticeship, a job, travel, a year out. Whatever route you choose to take we wish you every happiness and a life that is full of good health, happiness and laughter.

 


Birthday Boy

We send happy birthday wishes to local celebrity Harry(Chops) Power, Adamstown who recently celebrated a milestone birthday. His milestone birthday of 21 plus a bit of vat was celebrated in The Sweep with friends and family and a few bottles of lemonade. We wish Harry many more happy birthdays to come.


Drop A Line.

If you would like me to include any item in these notes for you then please drop me an email on spillanelinda2017@gmail.com or you can get me on 087-9838392 or indeed we can go mad altogether and meet up for a chat.

First Class Welcome, Paddy the Gent and Wedded Bliss

GAA Lotto

The numbers drawn in the latest lotto draw were 21, 22, 25 and 27. There was no winner of the jackpot but the three lucky dip winners of €50 each were Neasa Cornwell, Miriam Daly and Seamus Connolly. The next draw will take place on August 10th and will have a terrific jackpot of €12,500 up for grabs. Tickets are available from all committee members and will also be on sale at Centra on Saturday August 10th. Tickets are just €2 each or three for €5. Choose those four numbers carefully and that wonderful jackpot could be yours to treat yourself or you can treat me if you want!!

 


Summer Concert.

On Saturday August 10th Fairbrook House will open their gardens and museum to the public and treat them to two concerts, the first from 1pm to 3pm and 5pm to 7pm. Both concerts will feature the same excellent programme. Vincent de Lange will lead things off. This Amsterdam based cellist/ singer/ composer will perform music from Neapolitan songs, parts of Bach suites, some of his own compositions and two Irish songs, accompanying himself on cello. During the interval you can enjoy a stroll in the garden or a view in the museum while enjoying some bubbles and nibbles.

Lithuanian/Israeli singer Raimonda Masiulyte will then begin the entertainment for the second half. Raimonda performs a great blend of music that transcends the boundaries of Jazz, Soul and Gospel. Her voice enchants and has taken her all around the world. She will be accompanied by Hugh Buckley on guitar. For more information you can call 051-384657 or email artmastenbroek@gmail.com or visit www.fairbrook-house.com


GAA News.

Our Intermediate hurlers recorded a fine win over St. Mollerans last week with a scoreline of 3-20 to 3-12. This was a huge win for the lads as they were missing a few regulars. The lads are really flying it again this year so keep up the good work.

A big well done and thank you to all who attended and supported the recent Table Quiz in aid of the Juvenile section of the club. A fantastic €1015 was raised for which the club are very grateful. A big thank you to all the generous sponsors on the night, to all at The Sweep, Quizmaster Gavin Whelan and all who took part.


First Class Welcome

As part of the world GAA games, Ballyduff were twinned with the ladies and gentlemen from South Africa. I popped along to Tom Cheasty Park last Tuesday night as the club invited their South African friends to meet with the players and community. I was thrilled to see such interaction between the teams,players showing each other different skills and asking each other questions.

It was then onto The Sweep for some light refreshments and music and chat. Unfortunately I couldn’t join the group here but I have it on very good authority that a wonderful night was had by all. The very talented Mia Whyte gave a tremendous display of Irish dancing and our new African friends also entertained the crowd with traditional song and dance.

I must say that these World games were really something spectacular to watch. Carriganore was of course a perfect venue and the sea of different coloured jerseys that greeted you on your arrival was heartwarming. Nations interacting and enjoying the beauty of our native games which are so special to us. We all have friends or relatives now living abroad and the existence of these hurling, football and camogie teams must surely give them some grounding and feeling of home. The World Games really brought something special to our county with players, coaches, communities coming together, children looking on in awe and young and old enjoying our beautiful games.


Paddy the Gent.

We were all very saddened last week to hear of the untimely death of Paddy White from Oldcourt. Paddy was indeed a gentleman always up for a friendly chat and a bit of fun. Paddy was first and foremost a family man who just adored his wife Diane, their son Sean and their grandsons. The other great loves in his life were his garden and his model railways. Paddy was indeed a man who knew the plants and shrubs of his garden inside out he knew the best spot in the garden to plant each tree and shrub. He was also very generous with the produce of his garden and I myself was very lucky every year to receive a bag of the tastiest plums you could ever find. Paddy will be remembered as a private, quiet and unassuming man who simply loved his life with his wife and family in their beautiful home surrounded by everything that was special to them. We shall all miss Paddy and we hope that he now enjoys the peace and comfort of heaven and the Lord has now scored himself a gardening expert.


Our Sympathies

We extend our deepest sympathies to Alison Cornwell, Ballyduff West on the recent death of his beloved father. Tony Jacob was a resident of Dominics Place. Tonys funeral mass took place in the Holy Family Church and he was laid to rest in St. Marys cemetery, Ballygunner. Our deepest sympathy to Alison, Martin, Brianan and Neasa and all the Jacob family.

 


Fun Run/Walk.

Final training sessions are now under way for the annual Liz(Eilis) Hayes Memorial Fun Run/Walk. Friday August 9th will see all walkers and runners gather in Ballyduff Village for this much looked forward event. The walkers will head off at 6.45pm while the runners will leave at 7.30pm. The entry fee for adults is €10 and students and walkers are €5 with all proceeds going to the Ballyduff Community Centre Redevelopment Fund and Focus Ireland. Timings will be looked after by the West Waterford Athletic Club. There will be cash prizes for the first couple home in the individual categories and many spot prizes along the way also. After the race there will be plenty of tasty refreshments in the Community Hall followed by the prize giving.


Wedded Bliss
I would like to send heartiest congratulations to my own sister Mary and her husband Eamonn O Leary who celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary on August 5th. They were married on August 5th 1989 in St. Nicholas church, Ballyduff and then we headed to the beautiful park in Kilmacthomas for photos before heading on to The Park Hotel for a great night. At the tender age of 16 it was my first experience of a wedding so I can remember all the details carefully. Delighted to say that the happy couple are still enjoying every day in their beautiful home in Kilmagemogue with their daughters Jessica and Amy and of course Pepper the dog. On behalf of all the family I would like to wish Mary and Eamonn many more happy years full of good health, love and laughter.

I also heard on the grapevine this week of another young couple celebrating their wedding anniversary. Well known and loved Ballyduff couple Christy and Vera O Keeffe celebrated 47 years of marriage.They obviously must have got married straight after their Confirmation. We hope that this very popular couple enjoy many more happy and healthy years in the company of their children and their beloved grandchildren.

Birthday Girl, GAA News and Concert in the Garden

Birthday Girl.

We send warm 21st birthday wishes to local Gortaclode lady Amber Searson. Amber celebrated her milestone birthday with her family and friends, with parents Shay and Edel and brother Scott making sure that everything was perfect. We hope Amber enjoyed the celebrations and wish her many more happy and healthy birthdays.

 


GAA News.
Our U13 lady footballers got their season off to a great start with a tremendous win over Old Parish in their first game. It is wonderful to see these players play with such confidence and determination. Brilliant teamwork was on display with superb passing and support play on show.

Our U10 hurlers put on a superb performance against St. Saviours and came away winners on a scoreline of 7-1 to 2-6. With a few good players missing the team dug deep and showed geat teamwork. A big thank you to all the supporters.

Our local club are delighted to be part of the World GAA Games and both our male and female football teams are thrilled to be twinned with the South African mens and womens football. The South African teams will travel to Kilmeaden on Tuesday July 30th and Ballyduff will play host for the evening giving us a chance to showcase our club and community. The Sweep Bar will be the venue on Tuesday evening from 7.30pm to 9.30pm and all are invited to come along and enjoy some refreshments and entertainment.

The GAA World Games will bring a colourful, festive atmosphere to Waterford city and admission to all the games over the three days in Carriganore is free. Apart from being a great sports event the games give us a wonderful opportunity to showcase our city and county as a perfect tourist destination.

 


Memorial Fun Run/Walk

The annual 5 mile run/walk held each year in the memory of the wonderful Liz Hayes will take place on Friday August 9th. Walkers will head off from Ballyduff Village at 6.45pm followed by the runners at 7.30pm. Entry on the night will be €10 for runners and €5 for walkers and all proceeds will go to the Ballyduff Hall Redevelopment Fund and Focus Ireland.

The picturesque route takes you along by the beautiful Knockaderry Lake and there will be cash prizes for the first three males and females home along with the first over 40 and over 50 males and females. There will also be a cash prize for the first junior home and many other spot prizes along the way. The West Waterford Athletic club will take care of the timings and as always there will be a fine array of refreshments in the hall following the event along with the prize giving.

There is always a lovely atmosphere around for this event and all are welcome to come along and enjoy the event. To find out more and keep in touch why not take a look at their Facebook page Liz(Eilis) Hayes Memorial Fun Run.


Tractor Run.
A big well done to the Kilmeaden Vintage Tractor Club who held their annual tractor run last weekend. Although the weather wasn’t as kind as other years it didn’t stop the fun or dampen the spirits of those taking part. There was a fine display of vehicles on show to the delight of both young and old. They headed off from Haughtons in their convoy around the roads of the area and then returned back safely welcomed by the beautiful smell of the sizzling barbeque. Top DJ was also on hand to play some tunes and keep them entertained. Congratulations once again to the organisers who made sure everything ran smoothly on the day. All proceeds of course on the day go to The Solas Centre and I will have the final total for you in the coming weeks so stay tuned.

 


Concert in the Garden

Fairbrook House will host their yearly Summer concert on Saturday August 10th. There are two chances on the day to enjoy this concert, firstly from 1pm to 3pm and also from 5pm to 7pm. The first part of the program will see internationally performing cellist/singer/composer Vincent de Lange perform a selection of music from Neapolitan songs, parts of Bach suites, some of his own compositions and two Irish songs accompanying himself on cello.

During the interval you are invited to take a stroll in the garden or the museum while enjoying some bubbles and nibbles. For the second part of the concert you can enjoy Lithuanian/Israeli singer Raimonda Masiulyte perform a great blend of music that transcends the boundaries of Jazz, Soul and Gospel. Her voice enchants and she will accompanied by Hugh Buckley on guitar. If you would like any further information please contact 051-384657 or www.fairbrook-house.comor drop an email to artmastenbroek@gmail.com

Summer Concert, A True Character and Halley on Fire

GAA Lotto

The numbers drawn in the latest lotto draw were 3, 19, 20 and 27. There was no winner of the jackpot but the three lucky dip winners of €50 each were Rose, Susan and Kathleen O Toole, Renee Power and Michael Power. The next draw will take place on July 28th and there will be a fantastic jackpot of €12,500 up for grabs.

Tickets cost just €2 each or three for €5 and are on sale from all committee members and will also be on sale at Centra on Saturday July 27th. Choose those four lucky numbers carefully and you could be planning your shopping spree.


Newcastle Graveyard Mass

The annual graveyard mass at Newcastle cemetery takes place on Wednesday July 24th at 7.30pm. This is a wonderful opportunity for us all to remember our ancestors and pray for all those buried in the graveyard, some of them in unmarked graves. Of course our ancestors would have always walked to mass so in their memory a faith walk will leave Ballyduff church at 6.30pm and make its way to Newcastle cemetery for the 7.30pm mass.


Summer Concert

On Saturday August 10th Fairbrook House will host their yearly concert in the garden or in the museum in case of rain. The organisers are delighted to welcome international performing cellist,singer and composer Vincent de Lange. Based in Amsterdam he will perform a selection of music from Neapolitan songs, parts of Bach suites, some of his own compositions and two Irish songs, accompanying himself on cello.

During the interval you are invited to enjoy a stroll in the garden, a view in the museum and some bubbles and nibbles.

The second half of the show will see Lithuanian/Israeli singer Raimonda Masiulyte perform a wonderful blend of music that transcends the boundaries of Jazz, Soul and Gospel. Now based in Dublin her voice enchants and has taken her all over the world. Accompanying her on guitar will be Hugh Buckley.

There will be two chances on the day for you to enjoy this concert, the first from 1pm to 3pm and the second from 5pm to 7pm. For more information please call 051-384657 or email artmastenbroek@gmail.com or visit www.fairbrook-house.com


GAA News

The U10’s put in a great performance in the league as they defeated Ferrybank 5-2 to 1-2. There were some superb performances and a big thanks to all their coaches for the time they put in.

The U16 County Football panel saw some great club men taking part in the Munster Tournament. A big well done to Cian Bolger, Aaron Cheasty, Devin Keogh and Keith Millea who are a credit to their parents and their coaches.

A great morning of fun was had by the boys and girls from the academy section as they welcomed Kilmacow for a blitz. It is amazing to see the way this young group are developing their skills every week. A big thank you to all who provided the wonderful selection of cakes and refreshments.

Our Junior Footballers had two impressive wins last week beating St. Mollerans 4-14 to 3-9 and Dunhill 5-5 to 1-7. This team are looking good for the final stages and hopefully they will bring home some more silverware.

How wonderful to see almost 90 children in Kildermody last week enjoying the annual Cul Camp. What a wonderful experience for them all to enjoy the freedom to run around having fun with their friends, making new friends and learning the skills of the games. I must say I have been dropping and collecting two little friends of mine from it and they are full of praise and compliments and had an absolute ball everyday. I have to say also that the gear and bags that they received looked brilliant.


Quiz Time Beckons!

I have met many of you during the week who are busy getting ready for the Quiz Night which is fast approaching. Of course some of you didn’t even see me because you had your heads stuck in a book. The Juvenile section of our local GAA club will host this quiz in the hope of raising some money to purchase some equipment. The Sweep Bar and Restaurant is the venue on Friday July 26th with a start time of 8pm. A team of four will cost €20 and there will be prizes on the night and of course the customary raffle. Quizmaster will be Gavin Whelan and this promises to be a brilliant night for club and community.


Halley On Fire

I’m sure as you are out and about you will have often met Ballyshunnock man Eamon Halley out cycling. Mind you if you did happen to blink as he was approaching you probably hadn’t a hope of seeing him.

As well as being a proud member of the Portlaw Village Wheelers Cycling Club, he is also a member of the Waterford Racing Club. Last week he headed off to Golden for the Willie Slattery Memorial series of races hosted by Tipp Wheelers. I am delighted to report back that Eamonn had a great race and returned home in 4th position. A big well done to Eamonn who puts a lot of work into his training. We wish him continued success.


A True Character

We were all saddened this week to hear of the death of Arthur Curry Snr, Ballyduff. Arthur was definetely a character and a half never afraid to speak his mind and always ready with a story to tell. Hailing from Liverpool he was always proud of his roots. However once coming to Ireland and meeting the love of his life Cait there was no going back for him and it was here in Ballyduff that they would make their home and raise their children Arthur and Elizabeth and in later years enjoy the company of grandchildren Jordan, Emily and Ali.

Arthur spent his working life as an electrician and spent many years working in Kilmeaden Cheese Factory which of course was a great employer here for many years. Arthur when in good health loved to socialise with friends and enjoyed nothing better than a good pint and a chat.

Arthur of course is predeceased by his wonderful wife Cait and we hope that the family will draw comfort from knowing that the two will now be reunited once again. We pray that they both now rest in peace where pain and suffering is no more and they will enjoy the peace and comfort of heaven.


Memorial Fun Run/Walk

The annual Liz(Eilis) Hayes Memorial Fun Run/Walk is now getting close and the training is stepping up. On Friday August 9th the walkers will leave Ballyduff Village at 6.45pm while the runners will take off at 7.30pm. Entry is €10 and €5 for the walkers. All money raised will go to Ballyduff Community Centre Redevelopment fund and Focus Ireland. Timings will be kindly taken care of by the West Waterord Athletic Club and refreshments will be served after the race in the community centre. Prizegiving will also take place in the community centre with lots of prizes up for grabs. This is always a wonderful community event in memory of a lady who not only was a great athlete herself but also a true community spirited person who always put others needs in front of her own. Come along and join in the fun.


All Ireland Final

A reminder that Waterfords U16 lady footballers will take on Longford in the All Ireland final on Wednesday July 24th at 7pm in St. Brendans Park, Birr, Co. Offaly. We wish the very best of luck to all the girls, their coaches and background team with a special mention to their mentor Fiona Crotty Laffan. We will be cheering you all on

Tractor Run, Keep up the Training and All Ireland Awaits

New Appointment.

We send our warmest congratulations to Fr. Richard O Halloran who has been appointed as Parish Priest of Ballyduff/Portlaw. This is a just reward for Fr. Richard who gives such committment and dedication to the people of the parish. This is not to say that he has pushed Fr. Mick out of his position, Fr. Mick is absolutely thrilled to have gotten his wish to become an AP (assissting priest) which will mean he will still be saying masses etc but can take a step back from the book work and running of the parish. He and Fr. Richard have built up a very good working relaionship and friendship so Fr. Mick is happy to hand over the reins and take a back seat. Both priests will remain living in their present houses and we wish them both every happiness. We are very thankful that we get to keep them both and look forward to their continued ministery.


Tractor Run.

The countdown is on to the annual Kilmeaden Vintage Tractor Club’s tractor run in aid of The Solas Centre. These fine vehicles are getting their final touches, crankshafts are being oiled up, bumpers polished and the overalls and peaked hats are being freshly washed. At 1pm on Sunday July 21st this fine selection of vehicles will take off from Haughtons and travel a lovely scenic route around the Kilmeaden area. On their return the barbeque will be fired up and Gerry and Margaret have promised to have a few cold bottles of lemonade ready for the thirsty travellers. If you feel a bit bloated after the burgers and lemonade then don’t worry as John O Shea will be on hand to get you dancing the night away. What a great way to spend your Sunday with great entertainment, chats and laughs. This is always a wonderful day with a great atmosphere from start to finish. The extra added bonus is of course that you are supporting a fabulous charity. The Solas Centre give unbelievable support to both patients and their families. Please come along and support this very worthy event.


Newcastle Mass.

The annual graveyard mass at the old cemetery in Newcastle will take place on Wednesday July 24th at 7.30pm. Buried in this graveyard are many of our ancestors many in unmarked graves. It is important that we remember these people who played such a huge part in our history. Of course all these people would have walked to mass each week and so in remembrance of them a faith walk will leave Ballyduff Church at 6.30pm and will make its way to Newcastle in time for mass. The chalice which will be used on the night is over 100 years old and would have been used at the Newcastle masses.


Thinking Caps.

The Juvenile section of our local GAA club will host a table quiz on Friday July 26th at 8pm in The Sweep Bar and Restaurant.The entry fee is €20 for a table of 4 and Quizmaster on the night will be Gavin Whelan. All are welcome to come along and join the fun. You still have a bit of time to head to the library and study but remember to choose your team carefully cause you dont want someone saying the capital of France is F.


Recent Deaths.

We extend our deepest sympathy to Al Bowman, Stonehouse on the recent death of his sister Joan Flynn of Mount Sion Avenue. Joans funeral mass took place in Ballybricken and she was laid to rest in St. Otterans cemetery. May she rest in peace.

We also send our sympathy to Paul Millea, Newtown on the death of his uncle Seamus Flynn who lived in Mallow. Seamus was a retired Garda and his funeral mass took place in the Church of the Ressurection, Mallow followed by cremation to the Island Crematorium, Ringaskiddy. Ar Dheis De Go Raibh Se

Our sympathies go to the family and friends of Michael(Mixie) O Brien of Raheen. Michael was a native of Mooncoin but has lived this side of the river for many a year. His funeral mass took place in the Church of he Sacred Heart, Dunhill with burial in the adjoining graveyard. May he rest in peace.


Keep up the Training.

The Liz(Eilis) Hayes Memorial Fun Run/Walk will take place on Friday August 9th leaving from Ballyduff Lower Village and travelling 5 miles around the beautiful scenic Knockaderry Lake.It is hard to believe that this is the 8th year of this event and we are very grateful to se2 who have once again come on as sponsors.

Entry is €10 and €5 for those wishing to walk the route. All money raised goes to the Ballyduff Community Centre and Focus Ireland. There will be cash prizes for the first three males and females home along with the first over 40’s and 50’s males/females. The frst junior home will also receive a prize and there will be lots of spot prizes sponsored by local businesses along the way also. Come along and join in this wonderful atmosphere.


All Ireland Awaits

Waterfords U16 lady footballers headed to Offaly on Wednesday July 10th to take on the Connacht champions Roscommon in the U16 All Ireland semi final. Twelve clubs from across Waterford are represented on this panel . One of their mentors is our own Fiona Crotty Laffan who herself is an All Ireland winner in ladies football. Fiona praises these girls for their tremendous work ethic and dedication to their sport. They have a great team of people around them and when talking to Fiona she was very hopeful that this group of girls would make it through to the final. Well that’s exactly what they did. The girls were one point down heading in at half time but came back out on a mission to win. Even when they were reduced down to 14 after their mid fielder was sin binned for 10 minutes they kept fighting and were rewarded with two goals ,one from Hayley Phelan from a free on the 21 yard line and Maeve Sheridan sent in another goal during injury time and secured their place in the final. The final scoreline was Roscommon 1-11 Waterford 5-06.

This is a fabulous achievement for these girls and now look forward to their All Ireland meeting with Athlone on Wednesday July 24th. If at all possible I urge you to get out and support these girls. Best of luck to all the girls and Fiona and all the fabulous support team they have around them

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.