All posts by Christine Tubbritt

New Service, Help is at Hand and Beauty of Nature

New Service

“Call to Chat” is a new service by the OPC(Old persons council) and Waterford libraries. This is aimed at the older people in our communities who prehaps feel lonely and fancy a chat about gardening, activities for the cocooned, keeping fit, discuss a tv programme or a book you have read or whatever topic interests you. All you have to do is call the freephone number 1800 250 185 and ask for a call to chat and they will arrange for someone to give you a call.


Help is at Hand
Please remember that there is plenty of help out there for anyone who may need help getting groceries, prescriptions etc. There are many people in our community who are more than willing to help. If you would like some help you can give me a call on 087-9838392 and I will sort it out for you.

As I also told you last week also our local gardai are doing a wonderful job helping people out and co-ordinating things in our aea is Garda Tammy Hehir and she can be contacted on 086-8581044.

 


Beauty of Nature

I don’t know if I am imagining things but looking around my own and my parents gardens all the plants and shrubs seem to have more colour and bloom than other years. It is heartwarming to see such a burst of colour in these dismal times and I like to think that this planned by Mother Nature knowing that we need a particular lift this year. People are now getting time to spend in their gardens and enjoy the beauty around them and we need all that beauty to lift our spirits while we are obeying the restrictions. Take the time to enjoy all the beautiful sights, smells and sounds of nature. Too many times you hear people say ” I haven’t time” or I’m in a rush”, well there is no excuse now and we have been shown that there is always time.

Recent Death, Church News and Call for Help

Recent Death.

We were all very saddened to hear of the death of Maura Sullivan (nee O Leary), Kilmagemogue. Maura was a real lady full of love and compassion. She was 100% dedicated to her family and they were never left in any doubt of her care and affection. This gentle natured lady loved her family, her music and was a woman of great faith. She was always remembering other peoples intententions and having masses offered for them. Maura will be sadly missed by her husband Mick, her sons Ollie, Paul, Dermot, Gary and Jim, her daughters Ursula and Eileen, sons in law, daughter in law, grandchildren and by her loving brothers and sisters.

Mauras private funeral mass was held in St. Patricks church with burial in the adjoining graveyard. In a lovely fitting tribute Mauras neighbours on the High Road stood at their entrances as a mark of respect. This was deeply appreciated by the family. A memorial service for Maura will be held at a later stage. We remember Maura in our prayers and pray that she now rests in peace with the Lord.

 


Church News

Due to the most recent Covid 19 restrictions and diocesan instructions, our church is no longer open during the day. This is a great pity but cannot be helped. Luckily prayer can be recited anywhere so please wherever and whenever you are saying yours please include me and I will remember you all in mine.

Of course daily continue to be celebrated and can be viewed on the parish facebook page, parish of Portlaw/Ballyduff. A big thank you to Fr. Richard for this it really is most comforting. I am also in regular contact with Fr. Mick and he is keeping well and offering daily mass where he remembers all his parishioners and friends.


Call For Help

As I mentioned in last weeks notes it has been amazing to see the care and help which is being offered throughout our community. One of our local Garda has been in touch with me and asked me to pass on her number to you. Garda Tammy Hehir can be reached on 086 8581044 and is available if any elderly or vunerable people needs groceries, prescriptions or simply just want someone to check in with them.

Recent Death, Thank you and Church News

Recent Death

We extend our deepest sympathy to all the Connolly family on the recent death of Pauline Slattery (nee Connolly). Pauline was a resident of Raheen but was a native of Knockaderry. Due to present circumstances Paulines funeral mass and burial was held in private at St. Nicholas church,Ballyduff. We pray that Pauline now rests in peace and we remember her in our prayers.

 


Thank You

As we continue to cope as best we can with the effects of Covid 19 we express a huge thank you to all who are helping on the frontline of all this. We have many garda, paramedics doctors, nurses, carers, care assistants, pharmasists and assistants, hospital catering staff and all hospital staff living in our area and we really want them to know how grateful we are. We pray that they will stay safe and feel the hand of friendship and gratitude.

We also say a huge thanks to those working in the retail sector and our farmers, truck drivers, oil and fuel suppliers, postal workers, repair garages etc who are ensuring that we are stocked up and supplied. We give a special mention to our own local Centra and Gala stores and all at Kilmeaden Pharmacy and Countrylife who are providing a wonderful service while adhereing to all the proper guilelines set out.

A final thank you to all who are helping each other out and making sure everyone has the essentials that they need. It is at times like this that we see people at their best. We are blessed to live in a wonderful area where there is always someone to call on. Keep up the good work because working together will get us through this and we look forward to better, brighter times.

 


Church News.

As you aware all masses are cancelled for the foreseeable future however our church is open daily from 11am to 4pm so you are welcome to visit and pop in for your own private prayer. Also we are very lucky to have our new Facebook page parish of Portlaw and Ballyduff where Fr. Richard offers daily mass live at 10am each day. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to take some time out and join with others in our community. We thank Fr. Richard and all involved with setting this up and keeping it going with lots of beautiful reflections and words of encouragement.


Your Notes
I apologise that these notes are so short but as you can imagine with everything being cancelled there is not as much for me to tell you about. If you have any news especially good news or suggestions please contact me on 087 9838392 or spillanelinda2017@gmail.com

Beautiful Baby Boy, Church News and Help Available

Beautiful Baby Boy

We send our warm congratulations to Clare and Henry Power who recently welcomed their new baby son Dylan into the world. Dylan is very lucky to have big brother David ready to show him the ropes and having recently starting playschool himself he will have lots to teach his little baby brother. We wish this lovely little family the very best for the future.


Recent Death

We extend our deepest sympathy to Gabrielle Power of Countrylife, Kilmeaden on the recent death of her father. Martin Power was a resident of Ballingarry, Kill and was a hardworking, family man. We offer our thoughts and prayers to Gabrielle, her mother Joan and all the family and we pray that Martin now rests in peace.


Church News

With masses cancelled and everything feeling strange our parish now has a new parish Facebook page “parish of Portlaw/Ballyduff” . I must say that is a really wonderful idea. Inspirational thoughts etc are posted but Fr. Richard also live streams daily mass at 10am from Portlaw and alternates between Ballyduff and Portlaw at the weekend. This is a very comforting and reassuring service to have and I congratulate all who were involved in setting it up. Join up and get involved on the page and keep our community connected.


Help Available

As we all cope as best we can with these times that we find ourselves in we once again see the absolute goodness and kindness in people shines forth. I have been contacted by many people to know if I knew of anyone who may need help getting groceries, prescriptions,coal etc. If there is anyone out there who does need some help please give me a ring on 087-9838392 and we will get things sorted for you.

First Penance, Lenten Masses and Awards Galore

Bridge Corner.

The Ballyduff/Portlaw bridge club continues on Monday nights and the results of the latest game were as follows:

1st: Kate Hayes and Mary Prendergast.

2nd: Kathleen Collins and Joan Hartrey.

3rd: Breda Murphy and John Fitzpatrick.

4th: Peggy Murphy and Elizabeth Mooney.

 


Lotto Results

The numbers drawn in the latest GAA lotto draw were 18, 20, 23 and 24 and there was no winner of the jackpot. The three lucky dip winners of €50 each were Fergus Dunne, Siobhan Power and Sean O Brien. The next draw will take place on March 22nd and will have a wonderful jackpot of €12,500 up for grabs. Choose those four lucky numbers carefully and that jackpot could be yours.


First Penance.

A big congratulations to all the boys and girls from 2nd class in Ballyduff NS who recently celebrated the Sacrament of First Penance. It took place during one of our special Wednesday night masses for Lent so it was lovely for us as parishioners to be able to be part of their special night.

The children sang some beautiful meaningful songs. They also took part in the readings, prayers of the faithful and offertory procession. Their parents and teachers should be very proud of them all for the wonderful job they did.


Lenten Masses

Our special Wednesday night masses for Lent continue on and are a perfect way for us to give a little extra time to God. Sometimes for Lent we can focus too much on what we might give up but we can also make a promise to try do some little thing better. Mass is offered each Wednesday night at 7.30pm.

 


Awards Galore

Huge congratulations and best wishes to all the management and staff at Milestone Coffee House who have been nominated for no less than 7 Irish Restaurant Awards. This is a fabulous achievement for a new business. If you haven’t paid a visit to Milestone yet then you are denying yourself a lovely treat. The menu is excellent and service is relaxing and friendly. We wish Martina and all her staff the very best in the awards and continued success here in Kilmeaden.


Booking of Masses
If you would like to book an anniversary mass for your loved one during the months of April, May and June then bookings will be taken after both masses this weekend. If you have a First Anniversary or Months Mind during these months please contact Linda Spillane on 087 9838392 and you can choose your prefered date.

Coffee Morning, Charity Event and Eurovision

Coffee Morning

National Down Syndrome Day takes place on Saturday March 21st and in honour of this there will be a special coffee morning from 10am to 12 noon in The Sweep. This is always a very popular event and draws a large crowd. There are some wonderful prizes up for grabs in the raffle. Come along and enjoy a relaxing friendly morning while suppporting this worthy cause.


Church News

A big thank you to all who attended the recent station masses in our community centre. It was lovely to see such a nice mix of station areas. After both masses there was an ideal opportunity for people to share a cuppa and a chat. Fr. Mick would like to thank anyone who helped in any way to arrange these masses.

As we continue along our Lenten journey we can do a little extra every week by maybe attending the special Wednesday night mass at 7.30pm. This is just one little way we can do a little extra for Lent.

A reminder that if you haven’t brought home your Trocaire box yet there are still some available in the church so please bring one home and perhaps put any little savings you might be making into the Trocaire box.


Bridge News
The Ballyduff/ Portlaw bridge club played their latest bridge game on Monday March 2nd and the results were as follows:

1st: Anna Harney and Anna Ryan

2nd: Anne Marie Brown and Mary Prendergast

3rd: Kathleen Collins and Patsy Roche

4th: Elizabeth Mooney and Peggy Murphy


GAA News

Two of our club members Jack and Sean are embarking on an enterprise project as part of their Transition Year. The guys will be selling club gear in conjunction with DS sports. To place an order you can contact the lads through their parents John 087 2886781 and Nicola( nicolafitzgerald23@yahoo.ie). The lads will also be at the field on Saturday between 10am and 12 noon so that you can check sizes and place an order.

What a wonderful sight to see over 70 children arrive to take part in our academy section of the club. The academy caters for boys and girls 5 to 9 years of age and teaches them the skill and enjoyment of playing hurling, camogie and football and takes place at 10am every Saturday morning. A big thank you to Jack, Declan and Calum who came along to help on Saturday, the children really loved it.

Huge congratulations to club man Keith Millea who has been selected for the Waterford Minor Football panel. The club wishes Keith the very best of luck for the future.


Charity Event

You are invited along to a charity open day on Sunday March 29th from 12.30 to 6pm at Orchardstown Garden Centre. An optional light lunch( soup, sandwiches,tea, coffee, tray bakes)at 12.30 will also be available and provided by parishioners at the centre for a donation of €8 per person. Pre booking is essential especially for catering purposes and can be booked by credit card through the Garden Centre. All funds raised will go to the RNLI and Fiddown Union. Drop in and join in the fun .


Eurovision

We send many congratulations to Ballyduff NS 6th class student Spencer Bowman who recently travelled to Dublin to audition as Irelands entrant for the Junior Eurovision. Spencer was shortlisted to attend the audition and tells me that he had a wonderful day. We wish Spencer the very best of luck. I know his mam and dad Jason and Claire and brother AJ are all extremely proud

Lenten Masses, Coffee Morning and GAA News

GAA Lotto

The numbers drawn in the latest lotto draw were 3, 6, 24 and 28 and there was no jackpot winner. There were three lucky dip winners of €50 each and they were Christine Harte, Carol Kiely and Hannah Duffy. The next draw will take place on March 15th and they will have 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 outside Centra on Saturday March 14th. Choose those 4 lucky numbers carefully and you could be celebrating St. Patricks weekend in great style.

 


Lourdes Trip
Each year our parish fundraise to send two people from the parish on the Waterford/Lismore Pilgrimage to Lourdes as part of the invalid section. If you would like to nominate someone to go to Lourdes then please contact one of the following before March 6th, Noel O Sullivan, John O Leary or Donal Daly. This is a wonderful opportunity for people to visit Lourdes and find some comfort and peace.


Lenten Masses

We are now in the season of Lent and this is a time to make little sacrifices for the good of ourselves and others. We will have a special Lenten mass each Wednesday night during Lent and this is a real opportunity for us to give a little extra for Lent. Mass will be on Wednesday 4th, 11th,18th and 25th at 7.30pm each night.

During Lent we are also encouraged to support Trocaire for their Lenten campaign by donating what we can to the Trocaire box which are available in the church. Please bring one home and place in your home.


Station Masses

Our Spring station masses will take place over two nights this year. On Tuesday March 3rd and Thursday March 5th at 7.30pm mass will be said in Ballyduff Community Centre and both masses will be offered for everyone in the parish. You are invited to go along to any of the masses or indeed both of them. Following both masses there will be a lovely opportunity to enjoy a nice cuppa and a chat with your neighbours and fellow parishioners. Please keep in mind people living around you who may like to attend one of these masses but might not have transport and maybe don’t like driving at night. If you can help in any way I am sure they would appreciate it.

 


Coffee Morning

Saturday March 21st is World Down Syndrome Day and it is a wonderful opportunity for us to support this charity. The Sweep Bar will host its annual coffee morning for the charity on the day from 10am to 12 noon. This is always a very well attended event every year and people look forward to it. Get yourself along if you can or if not you can hand in a donation any day beforehand. There will be a brilliant raffle also on the day and they have secure many great prizes from businesses near and far.

 


GAA News

A reminder to all members that membership money is now due which can be paid on registration days or otherwise please speak to your coaches. Players are not covered by insurance if heir membership is not paid and will not be eligible to play or train. To those who were kind enough to contribute to our fundraiser please ensure your contribution of €250 is paid immediately to avail of membership discounts

Congratulations to Abbie Burrows, Emma Walsh, Erica Larkin Power and Gillian Mullins who have been selected to represent Ballyduff Lower LGFA on the U14B County panel. Huge congratulations to the girls , ladies gaelic football is looking very bright in Waterford with 7 of our local club girls being chosen for county level over the last two years.

A superb night was had by all who attended the recent club dinner dance. A beautiful meal was followed by dancing to the sounds of The Bottle Brothers. The club would like to thank all who attended and made it such a memorable night especially for the victorious team .

Congratulations to club and county man Calum Lyons on his inclusion in the League team of the week. It is well deserved following a superb performance. The club are delighted to have such a great person in the club and know that Calum will keep his feet on the ground and continue to develop his game. Calum has also offered his assistance to the Juvenile section of the club which is unbelievable given his hectic schedule. He is a great role model to the youth of the club.

The academy section of the club is now back training on Saturday mornings in the field at 10am. This is open to boys and girls born between 01/01/2011 and 31/12/2015. They will enjoy fun and games while learning the skills of both football and hurling. The coaches have all been Garda vetted and coached. As always children in this group will play matches at their age and one year up in line with club policy and to promote fairness and development. Come along and enjoy some fun in a safe environment.


Community Alert

Our local community alert group recently held their AGM and were delighted to see such a crowd attend. Guest speaker on the night Mary Power from Kilmacthomas PO gave some great advice about saving money in the PO and not keeping cash in your home. She also gave the senior members of the group invaluable information about entitlements. We were also joined by Sgt.’s Mick Barry and Brendan Roche who spoke to the group about security in your home and while out and about. The sitting officers were returned to their positions so our Chairman is Albert Kearns, Secretary Linda Spillane and Treasurer MJ Healy. Our group is now recognized as the top group in the Waterford area. A reminder to anyone who is a member of our text alert scheme your €5 annual fee is now due and can be paid at our March meeting or if you see any of the committee they will also look after you. If you know of anyone else who may like to join we just need their mobile number and their €5.

Our Lady of Lourdes, GAA News and Parish Choir

Dancing Shoes.
Excitement is really building for the Ballyduff Lower GAA clubs celebratory dinner dance which will take place on Saturday February 22nd at 7.30pm in The Granville Hotel.Tickets are being sought, shoes are being heeled and I thought my eyes were deceiving me the other night as I passed by Tom Cheasty Park and saw many men young and old waltzing around the field with their hurleys as they repeated “123”, “123”. Remember that you do not have to be a member of the club to go to the dinner dance but you do have to know how to enjoy yourself.

Tickets are now on sale from all committee members or by calling 087 2437435 and for just €35 each you will enjoy a delicious 4 course meal, followed by the presentation of medals and then its on with the dancing shoes and dance the night away to the wonderful sounds of the Bottle Brothers. Get your ticket early and avoid disappointment.


Our Lady of Lourdes

On Tuesday February 11th we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes which is also World Day of Prayer for the Sick. A special mass will take place that evening in St. Nicholas’s church, Ballyduff for all those who have been or now are sick and feel that this special mass would benefit them. Mass will be offered at 7.30 pm and all are welcome to attend .


GAA News
The club are delighted to see so many people using their facilities on Friday nights from 7pm to 8.30pm as part of the Ireland Lights Up programme. Come along on Friday nights bring a friend or a few and walk, jog, chat in a well lit, safe environment.

The U11/12 hurling and football section will return to training on Wednesday February 12th for both boys and girls in the field. The super coaching given to this section was beginning to reap rewards last year and the club hopes that all this bunch will return and of course new members are always welcome. If you have any questions please contact head coach Rory Phelan who will be ably assisted this year by John Dalton, Cathal Daly and Brian Hearne.

 


Parish Choir

I’m sure that you will agree that a church choir enhance any mass and we are very lucky here in Ballyduff to have a beautiful church choir. If you are over 18 and would like to become a choir member then please contact Bridget Jordan on 087 9883720 or Eamonn O Leary on 086 8592014.

Enrolment News, Dancing Shoes and Mass for the Sick

GAA Lotto

The numbers drawn in the latest lotto draw were 1, 10, 16 and 24 and there was no winner of the jackpot. The three lucky dip winners of €50 each were Tony Larkin, Martina Cheasty and Colman Power. The next draw will take place on February 9th and will have a jackpot of €12,500 up for grabs.

Tickets cost just €2 each or 3 for €5 and are available from all committee members and will also be on sale at Centra on Saturday February 8th. Choose your four lucky numbers very carefully and you could be planning an exciting shopping spree.


A Wing and A Dare

Ballyduff Youth Drama is made up of boys and girls from 5th and 6th classes and over the years they have treated us to many energetic, colourful shows leaving their audiences beaming brightly. This year is no different as they prepare to stage their production of A Wing and A Dare. Lily is a fairy with just one wing and sets out a journey to find the magical hawthorn bush which gives you everything your heart desires. Along the way she befriends Shakey, a troll who has been bullied because of his height. They join forces to find the magic bush meeting trouble along the way and meeting moonsphinx, pot pixie and the eldest magician in the skies. You will have to drop along to the show to find out what becomes of Lily and Shakey? Will they make it to the magical hawthorn bush?

The show will run for two nights on Friday February 7th at 8pm and on Saturday February 8th at 8.15pm in Ballyduff Community Centre. Tickets cost just €10 and are available by texting or ringing Eleanor on 087-4046904.


Our Sympathy

We extend our deepest sympathies to Amelia Carlin, Ballyduff West on the recent death of her beloved aunt. Mrs. Essie Hearne(nee Drohan) was a resident of Doyle Street and formerly of Ballybeg Park. Removal and funeral mass took place at Ballybricken church and Essie was laid to rest in St. Otterans Cemetery. We offer our sympathy to all her family and pray that Essie now rests in gentle peace.


Enrolment News.

Ballyduff NS are now accepting enrolments for Junior Infants September 2020. Closing date for applications is February 28th. For all enquiries please contact the school office directly on 051-384414.

 


Community Alert

The first community alert meeting of 2020 was held last week and it was great to see such an enthusiastic crowd attending. Sergent Deirdre O Neill complimented the group on their great success and informed the group of our area’s very low rate of crime. She said this is most definetly helped by the active involvement in community alert and the very successful text alert scheme.

Guest speaker on the night was the great John O Connor who told us of some of the great news stories he has covered over the years and had the crowd in tears of laughter as he recalled some of the “April Fool” pranks he ran through the paper.

The next meeting of our local community alert will be our AGM and I encourage you all to come along and get involved. You are not asked to do anything just come along to a monthly meeting, listen to guest speakers, our local guards and maybe air any concerns or worries you may have. Of course every member is offered the opportunity to be part of our hugely successful text alert scheme. For an annual fee of just €5 you will receive regular texts informing you of suspicious activity in your area and surrounding areas, during bad weather you will also be informed of hazardous areas and road closures and you will also be kept up to date about community alert meetings and activities. This fee is now due and will be taken up at our next meeting. If you are not yet joined up you can contact myself Linda Spillane and I will lok after it for you. Our AGM will take place on Monday February 24th at 8pm in Ballyduff Community Centre. Hope to see you there and bring a friend.

 


Gaa News

The club would like to congratulate clubmen Rory Dobbyn and Sean Fitzgerald who have been chosen to be part of the Waterford U16 football training panel. What a fantastic achievement by the lads and the club is very honoured to have such talented guys representing them. The club wishes them both well and will be following their progress with great interestand say a big well done to their coaches and teamates along the way who have encouraged them along the way.

Everyone was eagerly awaiting Waterfords league game against Cork and to watching Ballyduff man Calum Lyons. Callum didnt disappoint and put in a stormer of a game. It was wonderful to see Waterford come out on top and as Liam Cahill says himself, let’s see what happens, be patient and look forward to the year ahead especially the Championship.

It is fantastic to see the big turn out every Friday night for the Ireland lights up from 7pm to 8.30pm. The club very kindly open up their facilities so that we can walk, jog, chat alone or with a friend in a safe environment. Drop along and regenerate your mind and body.

An important date to mark in your diary is the date for our annual Waterford GAA Cul Camp. This years camp will take place from July 13th to July 17th. Online booking will take place soon.

 


Dancing Shoes.

Have you been promising yourself a good night out once we get the 500 days of January over. Our local GAA club would like to invite you all to come along to their club dinner dance which will take place on Saturday February 22nd . For just €35 each you will be treated to a delicious 4 course meal in The Granville Hotel followed by the presentation of medals and then it will be on with the dancing shoes with dancing to the brilliant Bottle Brothers. Tickets are available from any committee member and remember you dont have to be a member of the club to go, the only strict rule they have is that you have to be able to enjoy yourself.


Mass For The Sick

Tuesday February 11th is Our Lady of Lourdes World Day of the Sick and there will be a special mass offered for all our sick in St. Nicholas’s church at 7.30pm. We are all sick from time to time so remember all are welcome to join in this mass.

 


He’s Behind You!!

Our friends in the Portlaw Musical Society are ready to stage their production of Cinderella in this their 40th year. Portlaw Musical Society have been entertaining audiences for 40 years and have grown so much over the years. I began going to the Panto as a small child and my own dad was one of those brave people who took to the stage and I have been going every year since then. It is always entertaining, colourful, funny and a real musical treat.

The panto will take place in Portlaw hall from February 6th to February 8th at 8pm nightly and on Sunday February 9th at 3pm and tickets can be booked by contacting 086-0519210. Tickets are priced at €12 for adults and €8 for children. The group will host a special offer price for Thursday only when all primary school children will be charged just €5. Come along and enjoy song and dance and many many laughs.

Ballyduff AFC, Sing from the Rafters and Ballyduff Youth Drama

Ballyduff AFC

Ballyduff AFC have been going from strength to strength over the years and if you head to the grounds any night of the week you will find boys and girls, teenagers and adults training in the fantastic facilities. Committee members, coaches and mentors all volunteer their time and talents to encourage and support all who love the game of soccer. The club has always encouraged their members and delight in their progression.

Two young ladies who have had an outstanding season with the U12 girls and U11 boys received some very exciting news recently. Laura Carlin and Robyn Fletcher have been chosen for the Waterford U12 girls development squad. These girls have put in tremendous hard work and dedication are deserve a place on the squad. Great credit must go to their coaches who have been training these girls from the age of 6. A big well done also to their parents who ensured the girls got to their training and matches on time. We look forward to watching the girls in action and wish them the very best and of course many hours of enjoyment.

Former U16 Ballyduff schoolgirl player Mia Lenihan has also hit the headlines as she has been chosen to play with Carlow/Kilkenny in the U17 League of Ireland. Mia played for two seasons with Ballyduff U16 and also played and won two medals with the U15/16 Boys team. I have watched Mia play many times and am not one bit surprised that she has been snapped up. Mia not only has great talent but she has a true love for the game which is evident to all who watch her. We will be watching her progress with great interest.

I don’t know about you but as I was writing this piece my mind kept interrupting me with many great names associated with the club, some of these are now gone to that great pitch in the sky, others are still up in those grounds helping out or serving on committees or raising funds for the club. Wherever they are however I have no doubt that I can hear them say “I told ye this club would attract attention”!

 


Sing From The Rafters

Our local parish church choir would like to invite any male or female adult who would like to lend their voice to our local parish choir while enjoying learning many new pieces of music and making many new friends to come along and check out St. Nicholas’s parish church choir. If you would like to know more please contact Bridget Jordan on 087-9883720 or Eamonn O Leary on 086-8592014.

 


Ballyduff Youth Drama

Ballyduff Youth Drama is made up of local boys and girls from 5th and 6th classes and each year they delight us with a show full of colour, song and dance. This year is no different as they bring us a Wing and a Dare” a story featuring fairies, goblins, wizards, trolls and many other interesting creatures.

The venue for this show is Ballyduff Community Centre on Friday 7th of February at 8pm and Saturday February 8th at 8.15pm. Tickets are just €10 and are available by ringing or texting Eleanor on 087-4046904.

This group is run by a wonderful group of volunteers and so I ask you to please support their fundraising efforts as they hold a fabulous Valentines raffle. The group will be selling raffle tickets at Centra in Kilmeaden on Saturday February 1st and so hopefully you will support them as best you can,

 


GAA News

Our local GAA club continue to open up their grounds every Friday night from 7pm to 8.30pm in conjunction with Operation Transformation and Get Ireland Walking. All are welcome to come along and enjoy a nice walk in a safe well lit area. The committee tell me that it is wonderful to see over 50 people walking and talking and enjoying the facilities. You are all invited to drop in and enjoy some fresh air and good company with your community.

Tickets are now on sale for the National GAA raffle. Tickets are just €10 and there are fantastic prizes on offer it including a brand new Renault Clio. All the money from tickets sold here stays directly with the club. If you would like to buy a ticket please contact any committee member or Brian on 087 2486423.

The club will hold a club celebratory dinner dance on Saturday February 22nd at 7.30pm in The Granville Hotel. A 4 course meal will be followed by music and dancing from The Bottle Brothers. Tickets cost €35 and can be purchased from any committee member