All posts by Christine Tubbritt

Holy Communion Day, Lourdes Night and CPR Training

Holy Communion Day.

On Saturday May 11th the boys and girls from 2nd class gathered at St. Nicholas’s church, Ballyduff to receive their First Holy Communion. The Lord was kind to them and sent some lovely sunshine and as they entered the church with their family and friends their little faces beamed with happiness.

I was delighted to be able to attend the mass and see all the wonderful preparations and work they had put in. Their class teacher Miss Sprice had mose certainly worked hard and the children certainly did her proud. The children took part in the readings,prayers of the faithful, offertory gifts and the actions to the Our Father. They were joined by their schoolmates from the older classes who sang beautiful hymns throughout the mass. It was so nice to see so many of the teaching staff attend the mass and show their support to the children and Miss Sprice. Of course Miss Sprice will walk up the aisle herself in a few weeks so I’m sure she was picking up some tips from the girls in their white dresses.

After the mass and some photographs there was the customary cup of tea and cake in the hall. This is a lovely tradition and it was great to see so many go back. A big well done to the Parents Association and the volunteer parents who took care of this on the day. We wish all the boys and girls continued blessings and hope that they all enjoyed their special day.

Fundraising Thanks
The collectors for the IHCPTgroup who held a church gate on Easter weekend have asked me to say a big thank you to all who contributed. They were delighted to collect €238 and this will help the group greatly in their work.

Bridge News.

The Ballyduff/Portlaw bridge club are going from strength to strength and meet every Monday night for their weekly game. The results from Monday 13th are as follows:

1st: Anne Kennedy and Peggy Murphy

2nd:Kathleen Collins and Patsy Roche

3rd: Geraldine McMahon and Nano Fitzgerald

4th: Fr. Michael O Byrnre and Mary Shanahan.


Lourdes Night

Our local Lourdes committee have asked me to say a huge thank you to all who bought raffle tickets and gave donations to their recent fundraising night in O Donnachas. Throughout the day raffle tickets were sold at Centra with lovely hampers and many other prizes up for grabs. The lucky winners of the two hampers were Angela Ryan, Kilmagemogue and Jim O Brien , Ballyduff.

It was on then to O Donnachas for the talent competition. There was lots of fine talent on display but lifting the Jimmy Fox Memorial cup was Billy Flanagan. The committee are delighted to inform you that they will be sending two people as part of the invaild section of the Waterford/Lismore Diocesan Pilgrimage and will also send a young helper. The total raised between the raffle and the talent show was €930 and your generosity is deeply appreciated.


GAA News

There have been many hurling and football games recently. The Ballyduff NS teams were out in force, The U13’s had two games winning one against Glor Na Mara by a big margin and going down valiantly to Killea with a depleted team they head into the semi final. The U11’s won all three games very impressively against Fenor, Newtown and Faithlegg with some outstanding displays and are now through to the Cup Final in the competition. A big thanks to the teachers in the school who coached these lads, the club is grateful for the great relationship with the school.

There was a disappointing result in the U9 hurling league with a final score of Passage 3-6 to Ballyduff 1-3. After a very slow start in the first half they came back stronger in the second half but it was a bit too late..

The U8 footballers performed well at their blitz against Ballyduff Upper, Gaultier and St. Olivers. Players are improving every week and there were some lovely goals and points scored and some brilliant defending. As usual the support from the sideline.

There was a great performance from the U15’s in the County Division 2 Football Eastern Final with some outstanding fielding and an excellent first half. With a final score of Ballyduff/Portlaw 4-9 to Dungarvan 2-3 they march on in to the County Final.

The U11 hurlers gave a brilliant performance against De La Salle and were unlucky to be beaten. This team showed great character and a big thank you to all the supporters who cheered them on.

CPR Training.

Ballyduff GAA club is endeavoring to organise free CPR training for the club and community. The confirmed date is June 7th in Ballyduff Community Centre. Classes will be at 5pm, 6.30pm and 8pm. If you are interested you need to book your spot asap by contacting Brian on 087-2486423. This is open to all over 18’s and places are filling fast.

Ballyduff AFC

Huge congratulations to our U15 team who recently won the Roy Power Cup. In a very entertaining game they beat Dungarvan 3-1. Dylan Mooney settled the nerves when he finished Ryan Hennessys pass in the first minute and then Ryan made it 2-0 after 10 minutes and Michael O Connor gave us our third goal. Captain Nathan Bagge collected the cup and it was a very proud moment for all the players their parents and families. It was however also a proud moment for the club and for the two coaches who put in such hard work all season. The guys are very lucky to have two such dedicated men helping them and willing them on. I’m sure Jason Kings vast knowledge of nutrition and training has been invaluable to the guys while they have also been lucky to learn from one of the finest soccer players around Jimmy Power . His great love for the sport is really infectious.

Community Games, Running for Charity and Ballad Man

Our Own Little Prince.

The Royal family may have been celebrating the arrival of the latest royal baby this week but we here in Kilmeaden had our own young man to welcome into our community. Pat and Mairead Cremin, Carrigadustra welcomed their little prince Ruairi into the world and of course he is a very lucky young man to have big brother Sean and big sister Orla ready and willing to show him the ropes. Sean of course had his own big day last Saturday when he made his First Holy Communion so he will have a lot of extra knowledge now. We wish this happy family the very best that life has to offer and hope that they enjoy health and happiness. Welcome to the community Ruairi we look forward to meeting you.


Lotto News

There was no lucky winner of the local GAA lotto and the numbers drawn were 15, 17, 18 and 25. The three lucky dip winners of €50 each were Michelle Dunphy, David Power and Phil Murphy. The next draw will take place on May 19th and will have a jackpot of €12,500 up for grabs. Tickets are 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 May 18th. Choose four lucky numbers and you could be that lucky person walking away with that fantastic jackpot.

Tidy Towns.

Our local Tidy Towns committee do a wonderful job keeping our area so clean and beautiful but also work hard at making sure our area and its’ residents have everything that they need. The committee have secured a new defibrillator for our area and this will be situated in the Community Centre. There will be special training provided in the coming weeks for those wishing to know how to use it. Well done to all for securing this vital equipment for our area.

The Tidy Towns committee would like to wish a very speedy recovery to their Treasurer Michael Fitzpatrick and hope that he feels much better very soon.

Birthday Girl.

We send very happy birthday wishes to local lady Joan Bagge who celebrated her 60th birthday recently. Joan is a very popular lady and of course is adored by her family. Her husband Val and daughters and sons in law wined and dined her and I’m sure her beloved grandchildren made her feel extra special on her big day. We wish Joan many more happy birthdays.

GAA News.

The club would like to congratulate club members Cormac Bolger and Cillian Dobbyn who have made it onto the U13 County hurling development panel. The club is very proud of the lads and wish them both the very best of luck.

The U8’s sent three Ballyduff teams off to a blitz to play three Ballygunner teams. There was a mixture of wins, losses and draws with lots of goals scored and a few broken hurleys along the way too. It was a great morning of fun and a big thank you to all the parents for their support from the line.

The young ladies of the club were out in force recently. The U14 LGFA team had a great start to the year proving far too strong for St. Pats. Their next game will see them take on Ballysaggart.

The U12 ladies had two good wins against St. Annes and Erins Own. Great to see these girls off to such a flying start. The team would like to wish a very speedy recovery to one of their top players Abbie who is recovering from a fracture to her wrist.

Community Games.

The Portlaw/Ballyduff Community Games area athletics event will take place in Portlaw GAA field on Sunday May 19th from 2pm to 4pm. These games are open to boys and girls aged 6 to 16 and entry is €2 per child. Registration will open at 1.30pm and the events are as follows:

U8 60m and 80m

U10 100m and 200m

U12 100m and 600m

U14 100m and 800m

U16 100m, 200m and 1500m

Ball Throw U12

Long Puck Boys U12

Girls U14

Participants who come first and second in any of these events will then go to compete in the County Championship, An athlete may only compete in one event at the County championship level so therefore if they win gold or silver at the Portlaw event they cannot enter another event. If there is anyone interested in entering an U14 long jump,U14 shot or U10/U14 hur dles please let it be known at registration.

Church News

We send our heartiest congratulations to the boys and girls from 2nd class in Ballyduff NS who made their First Holy Communion last Saturday.

Couple of dates coming up which you may want to mark in your diary are our annual Graveyard mass which will take place on Wednesday July 3rd at 7.30pm and the annual mass at the old graveyard in Newcastle will take place on Wednesday July 24th at 7.30pm.

Ballyduff AFC.

A reminder that the club will hold their annual fundraiser on Saturday June 1st. Volunteers are needed for this bagpack at Tesco in Ardkeen so if you would like to help out please let a committee member or one of the coaches know.

The club will hold its AGM on Monday June 10th at 7pm in Ballyduff Community Centre so we ask you to mark this date in your diary and consider joining this club and keep it going from strength to strength.

Running For Charity

Local lady Sharon Flynn can often be seen running the roads in training for the many marathons she takes part in. Sharon is in training at the moment for the VHI ladies mini marathon which she will run in aid of Heart Children Ireland. To kick off her fundraising Sharon will open up her home for a coffee day on Saturday 18th of May from 10am to 4pm. Sharon would love to see people from the community come along and bring their friends. Of course Sharon has the added bonus of living right next door to our beautiful greenway so if you are out for a walk or cycle why not pop in for a rest and some refreshments. I can personally recommend a cuppa at Sharons, she certainly knows how to make people feel welcome and makes a top class cuppa. Please come along and support this wonderful endeavour. The least we can do is drink tea and eat cake to support Sharon as she puts in many hours of training! See you there.

Ballad Man

I would like to send warm congratulations to my good friend Seamus Brady in Butlerstown. Many of you will know Seamus as one of the finest singers of a ballad that you will find. Seamus returned home from the Fleadh Cheoil in Graighnamanagh with a first class medal for singing in the newly composed ballad section. The ballad was composed by Ned Egan.

Seamus has a really deep love of music and song and this shows in the way he performs, he not only sings the song but he tells the story with great passion and is always a delight to listen to. Comhghairdeas Seamus ta se tuillte go maith.

Sympathies, First Holy Communion and Coffee Morning Success

GAA News.

The U10 hurlers fought a close contest against Clonea recently. They started out great and were well on top in the first half. They seemed to loose control in the second half but quickly composing themselves they came back to secure a 6-2 to 5-3 win. Both teams played their hearts out and gave a great display of hurling. The club are very proud of the way the lads played for one another.

CPR Training

Our local GAA club are endeavoring to organise free CPR training for the club and community. The classes will take place on June 7th in Ballyduff Community Centre at 5pm, 6.30pm and 8pm. If you are interested in taking part you need to register your interest asap by contacting Brian on 087-2486423. Please share these details with any over 18’s you know who may be interested. Places are filling fast so don’t miss out.

Gentleman Supreme

Our community said godbye to our oldest parishioner last week as we bid farewell to John Keating, Lacka Road. John was most certainly a true gentleman and his quiet, unassuming gentle nature made him very popular with all who met him. John was first and foremost a dedicated family man and was devoted to his late wife Margaret and their 3 sons and 2 grandsons. The other great love in his life was his garden which was immaculate and taken care of with loving care and attention.

John was a man of great faith and his belief brought him great comfort. We take comfort in knowing that he is now reunited with his beloved Margaret. John will be greatly missed not just by his family and friends but by all of the community. We pray that John now enjoys his just reward for the wonderful life he lived and that his sweet gentle soul now rests in peace. Ar Dheis De go raibh se.


Lourdes Night.

Each year our parish fundraises to send two parishioners to Lourdes as part of the invalid section of the Waterford/Lismore Dioscesan Pilgrimage. This is a wonderful opportunity for people to get the chance to travel to Lourdes and it is also hoped to send a young person along as a helper.

To help raise funds for this trip there will be a mini talent show on Saturday May 11th in O Donnachas. Music on the night will be provided by Dick Quinn and competitors will compete for The Jimmy Fox Memorial Cup. Jimmy was of course a great supporter of all charity events and always enjoyed a good night of music and song with his wife Tina. If you would like to take part just call in on the night and wow the crowd.

A number of people from our parish have suffered bereavements in the past week or so and we sincerely offer our sympathies.

Liza O Neill in Matthews Cross suffered the devastating loss of her beloved brother Lenny O Neill. Lenny was a lovely character always up for a chat and a laugh and shall be greatly missed by his family and his huge circle of friends. May he rest in peace.

We also send our condolenses to Anita Halley, Lahardan on the recent death of her brother . Ray Hallley was a resident of Brownstown Head and his funeral mass took place in Our Lady Church, Carbally followed by burial in the adjoining graveyard.

We extend our sympathy to Nancy O Sullivan, Matthews Cross and Peggy O Shea, Ballyduff Hill on the recent death of their brother in law Joe Brady in Bohernabreena, Dublin. His funeral mass took place in the Church of the Holy Rosary, Balycragh.

Our sympathy goes also to the Gahan and DeLandre families on the death of Caroline Hearne, Tramore Heights. Caroline is the daughter of the late Paddy and Nora Delandre. Nora of course was formerly one of the Gahan family in Lacka Road . We offer our prayers and sympathies to all families on their bereavement and we hope that you will find some comfort in the wonderful memories you have of your loved one.

Coffee Morning Success

A huge well done to Niamh Larkin who organised a wonderful coffee morning in aid of the Alzheimers Association. Niamh and her trusty assistant Anne had a fantastic array of cakes , scones and buns adorning every table. We were all greeted with a warm friendly smile as we arrived and settled ourselves down to a nice cuppa and a chat. Niamh has asked me to say a huge thank you to all who contributed on the day and to all the sponsors of the raffle prizes. Niamh raised €630 on the day and she is so grateful to everyone for their support. The money will be given to the Pine Grove Centre in Waterford and will be very much appreciated.

Bluebell Time

I must admit that I was a little nervous this year that my friends the bluebells would be afraid to appear without the shelter of their trusty friends the trees on Ballyduff Hill. However as I drove up last week there they were in all their splendour. Each year the view and the scent brings me back to my childhood. We would pick a bunch on our walk to school to give to the teacher and a bunch on the way home to put on our May altar. I think one of the most beautiful sights is the view of wild flowers growing amongst the green grass in their natural habitat. Do yourself a little favour and take some time out to admire the view, breath in the scent and maybe pick a little bunch for someone and spread the happiness.

First Holy Communion

We wish the boys and girls from 2nd class in Ballyduff NS a wonderful First Holy Communion on Saturday May 11th. They have been busy preparing with their teacher Miss Sprice and I know they have been working very hard. We hope they all enjoy a lovely happy day with their families and friends.

Easter Thanks, Tea Morning and Free CPR

GAA Lotto

The numbers drawn in the latest lotto draw were 5, 8, 19 and 24 and there was no winner of the jackpot. The three lucky dip winners of €50 each were Mairead Gooney, Frank Heffernan and Mairead Cremin. The next draw will take place on May 5th and will have a fantastic jackpot of €12,500 on offer.

Tickets cost just €2 each or 3 for €5 and are on sale from all committee members and will be on sale at Centra on Saturday May 4th. Choose your lucky four numbers carefully and you could be the lucky winner.

Lourdes Fundraiser

Each year our parish sends two people to Lourdes as part of the invalid section of the Waterford/Lismore Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes. This is a wonderful opportunity for people to visit Lourdes and hopefully give them some comfort in their recovery. A fundraising night will take place on May 11th in O Donnachas. Dick Quinn will provide the music and the committee invite all singers and entertainers to come along and compete for the Jimmy Fox Memorial Cup. This is a always a great night of entertainment so come along and enjoy a night of music and song while supporting a great cause.

Easter Thanks
Fr. Mick has asked me to say a huge thank you to all who helped during Holy Week and the Easter ceremonies. The ceremonies were all very nice and it was lovely to see all the community coming together and everyone helping out. On my own behalf I would like to say a big thank you to all the readers who helped me out with all the readings and prayers during Holy Week, I really appreciated all their help.

I must give a very special mention to our wonderful sacristan Ann Nolan who always does such a fabulous job in our church and all this work is done with a smile and friendly chat for everyone. We are indeed very lucky to have her.

Tea Morning

My good friend Niamh Larkin has been in touch to remind me that it is once again that time of year for the annual Alzheimers Tea Day. We have our chance here in our area to support this wonderful cause by attending a coffee/tea morning in Ballyduff Community Centre on Thursday May 2nd from 9.30am to 12 noon. This is always a lovely morning with great company and delicious treats. Niamh also runs a raffle on the day with some great prizes on offer. Please come out and support this very worthy cause. Unfortunately we all know people and families affected by Alzheimers every day and we can do our little bit to help by ensuring the proper facilities and support is there for them. All money raised on the day goes to the Waterford branch. I hope to see you all there whether for 10 minutes or an hour or two. Your support will be greatly appreciated.

Community Alert.
Our community alert group take alittle break from meetings from the Summer months but that does not mean that the group stop working. The text alert scheme will run throughout the Summer months and those of you who joined up will be kept aware of any suspicious behaviour in ours or surrounding areas. We also ask that you play your part by informing the guards of any suspicious individuals or vehicles that you may see. This text alert scheme has proven itself several times to be highly successful and has led to the arrest of several people wanted for crimes. Of course all this can only happen if we remain vigilant and report anything that seems unusual or just doesn’t feel right to us.

Our chairman Albert Kerans has asked me to say a big thank you to the committee, myself Linda Spillane as Secretary, MJ Healy our Treasurer, Pro Niamh Kearns and Jay Dowdall and of course the most important woman of all Belinda Kearns who looks after the very important cuppa and refreshments. On behalf of the rest of the committee I wish to thank our chairman Albert who shows such great committment and dedication to the group. We owe an awful lot to Garda Alan Kissane who has supported us from the very start and has been a driving force behind community alert groups. He now moves on to pastures new and we hope to share the same kind of relationship with his successor. The group wish Alan the very best and he has promised that he will be dropping in on us. If you would like to get in touch with the community alert please contact any of the committee or you can email

GAA News
The club as always is a hive of activity with lots of action from all the different age groups. The U11 hurlers came from behind to claim a great victory over Carrigeen. This group have really improved and deserved this victory having worked their socks off right up to the final whistle. Of course a special mention must go to the group of “motivational speakers” on the sideline who give the team such great support.

The U9 hurlers were in bad luck as they went down 5-0 to 3-3 to Tramore. They can however hold their heads high as they fought every step of the way and showed great dedication.

There was a super comeback from the Ballyduff/Portlaw U15 footballers as they came back from being 9 points down to beat Tramore on a 5-8 to 5-5 scoreline. The never say die attitude from this bunch was great to see.

Free CPR.

Ballyduff GAA club are endeavoring to organise free CPR training for both the club and the community. The provisional date set is June 7th in Ballyduff Community Centre. Classes would run at 5pm, 6.30pm and 8pm. If you are interested in taking part then it is vital that you give your name immediately to Brian on 087-2486423. This is a fantastic opportunity for everyone and a great idea from our local club. Register your interest ASAP.

Ballyduff AFC

It was great to see such big numbers take part in the FAI/AVIVA Soccer Sisters camplast week . A big well done to all the girls who took part and to Gary Power, Tommy Griffin and Hannah Doyle for running it. Ballyduff AFC were highly praised for doing such a fantastic job promoting girls football in Waterford.

Community News, Deepest Sympathy and GAA News

Community Alert.

The last of the community alert meetings before the Summer break will take place on Tuesday April 23rd at 8pm. The guest speaker at the meeting will be Mr. Julian Walton. Julian as you are all aware is a wonderful speaker and historian and will give us an insight into the history of our area.

Attending your community alert meetings is of great importance and keeping our vibrant group going is a great asset to the community. Although there will be no further meetings until September the group will remain active throughout the Summer and our very successful text alert scheme will be ready to inform you of any suspicious activity reported in our area and surroundings. If you do see something we ask that you report it to Gardai.

Please come along to your meeting and bring a neighbour or a friend along with you.


Deepest Sympathy.

We extend our deepest sympathy to all the Bagge and O Donnell families on the tragic death of Pa Bagge which occured recently. Funeral mass was offered for Pa in the All Saints church, Newtown with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. We pray that he now rests in peace and we offer our comfort and support to his heartbroken family and friends.

We also offer our sympathy to Noel O Sullivan, Matthews Cross on the death of his aunt Kitty Murray (nee O Sullivan). Kitty was a former resident of Portlaw but in recent years lived with family in Dundalk. Her funeral mass took place in the Church of the Holy Family, Muirhevnamor followed by cremation. May her gentle soul now rest in peace.

GAA News.

The clubs U8 hurlers had a great day at their recent blitz experiencing all the emotions that go along with both winning and losing. They all gave 100% and played their hearts out and most importantly really enjoyed the occasion. A special mention must be given to the supporters for their vocal support.

The U10 hurlers had their first outing in the league and got off to a slow start in very blustery conditions. However the team fought hard in the 2nd half and were very unlucky not to clinch this one going down 3-4 to 3-1 to Stradbally

Our Intermediate hurlers got off the mark recently against De La Salle on a very stormy evening and there were some very positive performances on display. The game finished Ballyduff 2-12 De La Salle 1-15.


Ballyduff AFC

Please note that there is a change of date for the FAI Summer camp which will now take place from July 22nd to 26th while the clubs own Summer camp will run from July 1st to 5th.

The clubs annual bag pack will take place in Tesco Ardkeen on Saturday June 1st. Volunteers are needed so please put your name forward to give a hand for an hour or two.

Easter Sunday, Tidy Towns and Birthday Girl

Soccer Line Up.

Sponsorship cards are now on the go for Ballyduff AFC’s soccerathon which will take place on Good Friday. All the different age groups will keep the ball moving throughout the day and I’m sure there will be plenty of fun along the way.

The club Summercamp dates have been released and will take place from July 1st to July 5th. The FAI camp runs from July 15th to 19th. Times and costs will be available soon so keep an eye out in these notes or on the very informative Ballyduff AFC facebook page.

The annual bag pack will take place on Saturday June 1st in Tesco Ardkeen. Volunteers are needed so please let some of the coaches or committee members know.

The free soccer sisters Easter camp for girls aged 7 to 14 takes place on April 24th and 25th. Further information can be found on

Easter Sunday.

There will be a short service following Easter Sunday mass at our 1916 commemoration plaque outside the church. The service will incude the reading of the proclamation, raising of the flag and the singing of the National Anthem. All are welcome to come along.

Community Alert
The next meeting of our local community alert group will take place on Tuesday April 23rd at 8pm in Ballyduff Community Centre. This will be our last mmeting before the Summer break so we urge you all to attend and support the groups efforts to keep our area and its residents safe.

We are delighted to welcome Julian Walton as our guest speaker on the night and we hope that you will all come along and make him welcome.

Tidy Towns

Our Tidy Towns committee have asked me to sincerely thank all who supported their recent fundraising raffle and also all the businesses and individuals who donated items for the hampers. The lucky winners on the day were Mary Walsh, Lisahane, Eleanor O Brien, Ballyduff Village and John O Shea, Ballyduff Hill.

I congratulate the Tidy Towns committee on the fantastic job they do in keeping our area loking so beautiful. Do you have a few hours to lend a hand, cutting a bit of grass, planting flowers etc? Please contact Tony O Leary if you feel you could offer a little time to the group.


GAA Lotto

The numbers drawn in the latest lotto draw were 2, 14, 15 and 23and there was no jackpot winner. The three lucky dip winners of €50 each were Sharon Flynn, Michael Murray and Nina Walsh. The next draw will take place on April 21st and will have a fabulous jackpot of €12,500 up for grabs. Tickets cost just €2 or 3 for €5 and they will be on sale at Centra on Saturday 20th so get down and choose those four numbers carefully.

Birthday Girl
We send warmest birthday wishes to Pattie White, High Road on the occasion of her 80th birthday which she will celebrate on Easter Sunday. I’m sure the Easter Bunny will be extra kind to her this year. Celebrations are planned with her family and friends and I know they will make sure that she has a wonderful day. I know that Pattie is a fantastic lady to help and care for those around her so I hope she sits back for her birthday and allows herself to be spoilt. We hope you have a wonderful day Pattie.

GAA News

It’s wonderful to see such a large number of girls attending the LGFA training. A big thank you to new coaches John Laffan, John O Donnell and supported by Rory Phelan from the academy. I hear great reports back about these sessions so keep up the good work.

The U5,6,7,9 and 11’s were all in action last wekend both at home and in Kilmacow. There were some fantastic games with Ballyduff coming out on top a lot. The most encouraging thing to see is how their skills are developing and the great character building which is happening and this will hold to them in the future.

Well done to club player and academy coach Cathal O Dalaigh who was involved with the county minor football team against Tipperary in the Munster Championship. Congratulations also to Rory Dobbyn, Sean Fitzgerald and Jack O Donnell who have it onto the U15 county hurling panel and Billy Cuddihy who made the U14 panel. What a great achievement from these guys and their club and parish are very proud.

Holy Week Ceremonies

As we get ready to celebrate the beautiful season of Easter we prepare by walking the path of the Lord during Holy Week. On Holy Thursday mass of the last supper will be celebrated at 7.30pm. On Good Friday veneration of the cross, reading of the passion and holy communion will be celebrated at 3pm while the stations of the cross will be at 7.30pm. Holy Saturday is probably the most joyful and colourful ceremonies of the church’s year and will be at 9pm while Easter Sundays mass is at 10am. Fr. Mick and Fr. Richard would like to wish everyone a very happy and holy Easter.

Dancing Queen, Easter Sunday and Raise your Hat

Happy Retirement

I was speaking to some members of our farming community and they have asked me to wish Pat Coady a very happy retirement. Pat has been Quality Milk Manager for the South Kilkenny and East Waterford Glanbia Division. All his friends and clients would like to sincerely thank Pat for his many years of service and they wish him the very best of luck and happiness in his retirement. I’m sure Pat will enjoy following his beloved Kilkenny through the hurling season.

Easter Sunday

Following the 10am Easter Sunday morning mass there will be a short ceremony outside the church at our 1916 commemorative plaque. The ceremony will consist of the reading of the proclamation, raising of the flag and the singing of our National Anthem. All are welcome to come along for this short ceremony.

Dancing Queen.

Over the past few weeks I have been telling you about our local lady Ciara Larkin taking part in the The Solas Centre Dance for Life competetion. Ciara and her dance partner Laura took to the stage dancing the Charlestown and wowed the judges with their talent. They made such an impression that they emerged the popular winners on the night. Ciara was delighted to give her time and energy to this fantastic charity. She believes that the work done by the Solas Centre support centre is phenominal and she has seen first hand what great help and support they give to patients and their families. Huge congratulations to Ciara and Laura on such a wonderful achievement, we are all delighted for them both and I have no doubt that a very proud auntie beams from heaven saying: comhghairdeas le mo chailin alainn ata deanta agam dom a bheith broduil as.


Team Success

Congratulations to all the guys from her local area who were part of the U15 St. Declans, Kilmacthomas soccer team who captured the U15 Munster B Cup. Travelling to Clonmel they took on Charleville and defeated them with a 3-2 defeat. Well done to all the team, coaches and mentors.

Ballyduff AFC

Our local soccer club have many important dates coming up in their very busy diary. The soccerthon on Good Friday is now a much looked forward to event every year. There will be sponsorship cards doing the rounds soon so please be as generous as you possibly can.

The clubs popular Summer camp will run from July 1st to July 5th while the FAI camp runs from July 15th to July 19th. Details about times and costs will be made available soon so keep an eye out.

Volunteers are also wanted for the annual bag pack which this year takes place in Tesco Ardkeen on Saturday June 1st. If you can spare an hour or two to volunteer the club would really appreciate your help.

Raise Your Hat.

Our parish is most definetly the poorer this week following the death of Johnny Whelan, Knockaderry. Johnny was small in stature but a giant amongst gentleman. A man of great faith he demonstrated this through his kindness, helpfulness and devotion. Johnny worked for the council for many years and made sure that every job was done to perfection and on time. He was a wonderful gardener and took great pride in his garden. Above all these things Johnny was a devoted family man and his main priority was taking care of those around him.

Johnny was most certainly a true gentleman, his signature hat would be raised to greet a lady which I always thought was so nice. Johnny was a devout christian, a hard worker, a devoted brother, kind uncle, terrific storyteller and a giant among men. Raise your hat to a gent and we pray that his gentle soul now rests in peace.

Peoples Council, Easter Reconciliation and Readers Wanted

Lotto Results.

The numbers drawn in the latest local GAA lotto draw were 11, 18, 20 and 21. There was no winner of the jackpot but the three lucky dip winners of €50 each were Alice Kelly, Michael Murray and Helen Power. The next draw will take place on April 7th and will have an amazing jackpot of €12,500. Tickets are just €2 each or three for €5. They are available from all committee members and will be on sale at Centra on Saturday April 6th. Choose your four lucky numbers carefully and hopefully you could be the lucky winner.

Peoples Council

Waterford County and City Council are working at setting up an older peoples council. This is aimed at those over 50 to ensure that they are treated with dignity and respect and access to essential services. It is very important that they have access to supports and opportunities to lead fun and fulfilling lives. You are all invited to an open meeting to discuss the formation of this council. Please come along to The Rainbow Hall in Kilmacthomas on Wednesday April 3rd from 12 noon to 1.30pm. Light refreshments will be served.


Coffee Morning.
You may remember me telling you last week about the very successful coffee morning held in The Sweep recently in aid of the Waterford and South Kilkenny branch of Down Syndrome Ireland. This was a wonderful morning which is always expertly run by Seamus and Michelle Dunphy. I was speaking to Michelle during the week and she asked me to say a huge thank you to all who attended and all who donated to the cause. They were also delighted to receive many generous raffle prizes from individuals and businesses and appreciate the wonderful support they received from everyone for a cause that is very close to their hearts. The amount raised on the day was a fantastic €4,060. The kids benefit so much from contributions like this and they are the people that matter.

Easter Reconciliation.

As we approach the Easter season we may have some Spring cleaning and tidying up to do but we also feel like we want to turn over a new leaf in our spiritual lives and prepare for the glorious season of Easter. A service of reconciliation will take place in Ballyduff and Portlaw churches during all the weekend masses this weekend April 6th and 7th. All are welcome.

Easter Commemoration.

Following the Easter Sunday 10am mass in Ballyduff there will be a short ceremony outside the church at the 1916 Commemoration plaque. The ceremony will include the reading of the proclamation, raising of the flag and the singing of the National Anthem. All are welcome to come along to this short ceremony and join together as a community with pride.

Readers Wanted

As some of you know I look after the readers rota for reading at our weekend masses. Most weeks the family of whoevers anniversary mass is booked in look after the readings and prayers of the faithful but there may be weeks where the mass is not booked or the family do not wish to read and that is I when I go to my list of readers who are so reliable. If you feel that you would like to read at mass I would love to hear from you. Remember it is something that you would only have to do if it suited you. We are also coming up to a very busy time in the church calendar and Holy Week requires a lot of readers so I would welcome any help at all. Please let me know if you may be interested.

Spring Has Sprung

It is so lovely to see so many beautiful signs of Spring all around us. It is heartwarming to see all the animals out in the fields and little calves are appearing everyday. Flowers and blossoms are adorning many gardens with the good old reliable daffodil popping its head up everywhere. I always enjoyed Spring with its promise of new life and hope. With the long bright evenings give yourself a little treat and get out and enjoy the beauty of nature all around and be thankful that you are able to enjoy it.

Station Masses, Successful Event and Have your Say

Station Masses.

The annual Spring stations have now come to an end and Fr.Mick would like to say a big thank you to all who hosted masses and all those who attended. He would also like to say a sincere thank you to all who contributed their staton dues. The station mass is a lovely custom and brings neighbours together to offer prayers for each other and their families. The station masses will come around again in the Autumn so if you think you would like to host one in your area please let Fr. Mick know.

GAA News.

The club are delighted to see so many of their club players involved with county teams. Calum Lyons is currently starring with the county senior hurlers while Ronan Dunphy lines out with the U20 hurlers. Cathal Daly is kept busy with the U17 hurling and football and Alex Reade and Billy Cuddihy are involved with the U14 hurlers. This is a real testament to the club of the committment and dedication put in by players, coaches and parents. We will all be watching the lads with great interest and cheering them on from the sidelines and stands.

The academy section of the club sees the U6,7,8 and 9 teams very busy playing lots of blitz competitions at the moment and the word coming back is that they are playing a blinder and having great fun at the same time which is what it is all about.

We all enjoyed the great Waterford V Clare match in Walsh Park recently but all eyes were on our U10 hurlers who took to the field at half time to take on Clashmore/Kinsalebeg. They put in a mighty performance and emerged winners receiving the biggest cheers of the day. A big well done to the lads who dealt extremely well with the pressure of the day.

Birthday Boys

We extend very happy 21st birthday wishes to Ross Coffey O Shea and Dylan Reade who recently celebrated their 21st birthdays by hosting a joint party in The Sweep Bar and Restaurant. A great night and weekend was had by all and they have all returned to work and college bright eyed and bushy taled!

Another young man Martin O Reilly of Ardeenlone also celebrated a milestone birthday recently. At just a tad over the 21 Martin celebrated his 50th birthday firstly with all the beautiful women in his life, his wife Tracey and daughters Bonnie, Sophie, Maisie and Trudie. Of course its a busy couple of weeks in the O Reilly house with Tracey and Trudie also celebrating their birthdays. Martin also met up with some friends and neighbours in Haughtons for a socialable drink or two which I’m sure was a very refined and dignified night.

Booking of Masses.

The booking of anniversary masses for the months of April, May and June have now been taken. If you missed these bookings but would like to book a mass please contact Linda Spillane on 087-9838392 and she will help you out. I promise she’s really nice!!

Information Meeting
The Waterford and Lismore Diocesan youth committee will hold an information morning to showcase some of the youth initiatives that are available to all parishes in the diocese and country. It is also a great opportunity for parishes to get together to see what great work is being done and to share ideas. The meeting will be held on Saturday April 27th from 10am to 1pm in Holy Family Mission, Glencomeragh. John Stephenson will be attending from our parish so if you would like to attend please let John know as all names must be in by Thursday April 25th so as to accommodate everyone for a light lunch.

Community Alert

A reminder that the next of our community alert meetings takes place on Tuesday March 26th at 8pm in Ballyduff Community Centre. Guest speaker on the night will be Mr. Ken Sauvage who is the CEO of Treo Port Lairge who are a community based organisation core funded by the Depatment of Justice and Equality through the Probation service. The main aim of Treo is to reduce criminal activity among people in its target group of ages 16-23 thus contributing to making Waterford a safer community.

It is important to come along to these meetings and please spread the word to your friends and neighbours. This will also be your final chance to pay the annual €5 text alert money. The text alert scheme has proved itself to be very valuable and beneficial.Look forward to seeing you at the meeting.

Successful Event

A huge congratulations and well done to Michelle and Seamus Dunphy and all the staff at The Sweep who hosted a very successful coffee morning on Thursday March 20th. The Dunphys are of course great supporters of charity events but the Waterford and South Kilkenny branch of Down Syndrome Ireland holds a very special place in their hearts and they most certainly did the organization justice as they hosted a coffee morning extraodinaire. There was tea and coffee galore, tasty treats at every angle, music and song from Bim Connors and a list of raffle prizes that was unbelievable. Congratulations to all who helped in any way and all those who contributed. Your kindness and generosity is greatly appreciated.

Have Your Say

A series of lunchtime public meetings will take place across Waterford city and county in the coming weeks. They are aimed at attracting people over 50 to have their voices heard as representatives of the soon to be established Waterford Older People’s Council. The aim is to recruit people from all walks of life and have their voices heard on a range of issues such as public transport links, housing, social participation and healthcare. The five meetings will take place in the following venues:
Lismore Heritage Centre Tuesday March 26th

Tramore Majestic Hotel Thursday March 28th

Waterford City Hall Tuesday April 2nd

Rainbow Hall, Kilmac Wednesday April 3rd

Park Hotel, Dungarvan Thursday April 4th.
If you would like to attend one of these meeting or would like some further information you can contact 087-9809985 or email

Ballyduff AFC News

Our local soccer club is always a hive of activity and they have a number of exciting events coming up. The annual soccerathon will take place on Good Friday and the girls and boys will have sponsorship cards on the go soon so please support them.

The dates for the much looked forward to Summer camps have been announced. The club summer camp will take place from July 1st to July 5th and the FAI camp will be from July 15th to 19th. Times and costs will be announced shortly.

The annual bag pack in Tesco Ardkeen will be on Saturday June 1st so a text will soon go out looking for volunteers to cover the two hour slots.

The club were delighted to see club players Emma and Laura Carlin feature on the Waterford FC programme for the recent match against St. Pats. The girls were the Junior Blues in Focus and they even predicted the Waterford win. The girls are great supporters of Waterford FC and travel near and far with their parents Anthony and Amelia to cheer on the Blues. A big well done to the girls and what a lovely memory for them to share together.

Sincere Thanks

Local lady Ciara Larkin has asked me to say a big thank you to all who supported her recent hamper raffle in aid of the The Solas Centre. She was deeply touched by peoples generosity and their kind words. She is now well on her way to raising her target of €500. A special word of thanks also to the sponsors of the hamper items. The very lucky winner was Paul Sheehan, Ballyduff.

On Friday March 29th Ciara will take to the stage in The Theatre Royal as part of the Solas Centre Dance for Life. Twenty couples have been tirelessly rehearsing over the past number of weeks and are now putting those final touches to their routines. Ciara and her dance partner Laura Brown will give us the fun and bounce of the Charleston. We wish them both the very best of luck and thank them for giving their time and energy to such a wonderful cause.

Booking of Masses, Spring Stations and Rest Gentle Mick

Lotto Time.

The numbers drawn in the latest GAA lotto draw were 7, 8, 12 and 17 and there was no winner of the jackpot. The three lucky dip winners of €50 each were Daniel Murphy, Richard Cullinan and Chopper Gang. The next draw will take place on March 24th and will have a fantastic jackpot of €12,500 up for grabs. Tickets cost just €2 each or three for €5. They are on sale from all committee members and will be on sale at Centra on Saturday March 23rd. All is left for you to do is choose those four lucky numbers carefully.

Booking of Masses

If you would like to book an anniversary mass for a deceased loved one for the months of April, May or June then bookings will take place after both the weekend masses on Saturday March 23rd and Sunday March 24th. If you have a First anniversary mass or Months Mind during these months please contact Linda Spillane on 087-9838392 before the bookings so that you can get your prefered date.

Spring Stations.

The last two Spring station masses take place this week. The mass for Stonehouse, Whelansbridge and Lacka Road will be in the home of Kathleen and Paddy Hennebry on Thursday March 21st at 8pm and the final mass for Matthews Cross, Ballyduff East and Adamstown will be on Friday March 22nd at 8pm in the home of Linda and Brian Spillane.

Rest Gently Mick.

Kilmeaden said farewell to one of its greatest characters recently.Michael(Mick) Hickey, Clover Lodge and formerly of Pouldrew was a man who loved nothing better than spending time with his friends. Of course if there was good music and a sing song on the menu then it was all the better. He was often persuaded to give a belting rendition of a song at times and of course enjoyed a twirl around the floor. He will be fondly remembered by all who knew him and we pray that he now rests in gentle peace.

A True Gentleman.

We were all saddened to hear of the death of Philip(Philly) Power, Ardeenlone during the week. Philly held the title of our oldest parishioner jointly with the great John Keating, Lacka Road. Philly was a quiet unassuming man who was devoted to his family and to his faith. He was a fantastic supporter of our church and never forgot to book anniversary masses for his parents and brothers and sisters gone before him. I visited Philly and his lovely brothers a couple of times and always received a warm and friendly welcome. We pray that his gentle soul now rests in peace and that he will be rewarded in heaven for all his earthly goodness. Ar Dheis De Go Raibh Se.


Coffee Morning

A reminder to you all that a fantastic coffee morning will take place at The Sweep on Wednesday March 20th from 10am to 12 noon. All proceeds raised will go to the Waterford & South Kilkenny branch of Down Syndrome Ireland. This was a very successful event last year and I have no doubt that it will be hugely successful again this year. It is a very enjoyable morning with refreshing tea and coffee, delicious tasty treats and there are some fabulous prizes on offer in the raffle. Bim Connors will also drop in to sing a few songs and maybe get a dance or two going. Please come along and support this event and enjoy a great morning while doing so.


Community Alert

Our next Community Alert meeting will take place on Tuesday March 26th at 8pm in Ballyduff Community Centre. It is important that we keep up the attendance level at these meetings. Our community and its people are very important to us all so we must always strive to do the best that we possibly can to keep them feeling safe and secure. The Guest speaker on the night will be Ken Sauvage, CEO Treo Port Lairge. Treo is a community based organisation core funded by the Depatment of Justice and Equality through the Probation service. The main aim of Treo is to reduce criminal activity among people in its target group of ages 16 to 23 thus contributing to making Waterford a safer community.

Don’t forget that the €5 annual text alert fee is also due so please bring it along to the meeting. Please spread the word to your neighbours and get them to come along to the monthly meetings. Community spirit has always been strong in our area and I know that the peace of mind and security of all our residents is important to us all. See you all on Tuesday March 26th at 8pm.

GAA News

A Go Games Referee course will take place in the WIT arena, Carriganore on Tuesday April 16th at 7pm. This course is free to attend and after attending it, participants will be eligible to referee up to U12 level in hurling and football. This course is a mixture of theory and practical elements which gives new referees the knowledge and confidence to referee an underage game.

All clubs are expected to send participants and those taking part must be 16 years or older to complete the course. Closing date for registration is Monday April 8th at 5pm. To register there is a link to the registration form on the Ballyduff Gaa facebook page or contact a commitee member.