Church News, Community Centre and Ballyduff GAA

Church News
We are all delighted to return to our weekend masses. There will be two masses each Saturday at 10am and 7.30pm and on Sunday morning at 9.30am. There are still some dates available during the month of December if you want to book an anniversary mass for a loved one. You can do so by contacting myself on 087 9838392.


Birthday Boy
Congratulations and best wishes to John Mackey Ross Kilmeaden who recently celebrated his 65th birthday. We hope that he had a wonderful day and I’m sure his loving wife Maria made sure he was spoiled on his special day along with their children and beloved grandchildren. Of course John and Maria’s marriage is a very successful Waterford and Limerick Union so I hope there won’t be too much disharmony on the 13th.

Community Centre
Our local community centre committee are delighted to announce that they have recently renovated the ladies toilets in the old hall. The area has been completely tiled and fitted with new cubicles including one which is wheelchair accessible. This work was funded mainly by a grant administered by the HSE from National Lottery funding. They are also very grateful to our major sponsor Donal Hickson, Centra Kilmeaden and also for sponsorship received from Ballyduff Youth Drama and Deirdre Giani. They have also been fortunate enough to also receive a grant from Waterford City and County Council under the Community Enhancement Programme to allow us to renovate the old gents toilets. This work is currently underway and will be to the same standard as the ladies. This work would not be possible without the generosity of the sponsors and the committee really appreciate it.
The committee now look forward to the return of all the activities in the community hall when COVID 19 restrictions are lifted.


Ballyduff GAA
Everybody in Ballyduff GAA and indeed everyone in the community are so excited and full of hope for the fast approaching All Ireland Final. We are all so proud of local lad Calum Lyons who has given us so many brilliant displays of hurling and put his heart and soul into each game. This team has given us all a lift in a year when we needed a lift. Our support and encouragement is right behind you Calum and your teammates. We wish you the very best of luck and enjoy every minute of this very special occasion for you and your very proud family.

Silver Couple, School News and Dr. Martin Centre

Silver Couple
We send our warmest congratulations and best wishes to local couple John and Valarie Carroll, Johnstown who recently celebrated 25 years of wedded bliss. I’m sure that the happy couple enjoyed a nice celebration at home with their sons and daughters. We wish this happy couple many more happy and healthy years to come.


Recent Deaths
We send our deepest sympathy to Mick Morrissey Blacknock on the recent death of his sister Mary. Mary Andrews passed away in Mayday Hospital Croyden. Mary served as a nurse in Coulsdon until her retirement. She is predeceased by her husband Jack. We send our deepest sympathy to her daughter Ria, to Mick and to all the family.
We extend our condolences to Alison Cornwell, Ballyduff West on the recent death of her beloved sister. Beverley Priest(nee Jacob) Milton Keynes and formerly of Dominics Place and Tivoli Terrace Tramore. She will be sadly missed by her husband Mark, her mother Pauline, brother Anthony, sisters Collette, Alison Fiona and Paula and many more relatives and friends. We hope that Beverley now rests in peace.


School News
We send our deepest sympathy to our wonderful school secretary in Ballyduff N. S Mary Heffernan on the recent death of her mother. The funeral mass of Eileen Hickey took place in The Holy Cross church Tramore followed by burial in Butlerstown cemetery. We pray that she now rests in peace.
Mary Brennan has been a teacher and more recently Vice Principal of Ballyduff NS for many years and has given wonderful commitment and service. We are sad to announce that Mary will retire at Christmas but we all wish her a wonderful retirement full of joy and happiness.
We congratulate our 5th class teacher Mr. Stapleton who will now take on the role of Vice Principal. We wish him every success and happiness in his new role.


Christmas Camp

Coerver Coaching Waterford will host two Christmas soccer camps in Waterford for girls and boys aged 6 to 12. Stradbally AFC will host on December 28th and 29th while Hibernian will play host December 30th and 31st. Online booking is essential as places are limited. To book please log on to

Dr. Martin Centre

The Dr. Martin Centre in Portlaw remains open 3 days a week but unfortunately they are unable to welcome members. They would still like to reassure people that they are available to give help and support in any way they can. They are now available to deliver outside the village so if you need shopping or prescriptions collected or just fancy a chat you can call 051-387111 or 087-4611309. A nice hot fresh dinner can also be delivered daily for just €7.50. Please ring in your before 10.30am each day.

Birthday Boy, Charity Calendar and Your Notes

Birthday Boy
We send warm birthday wishes to birthday boy Derek Laffan, Ballyduff who recently celebrated his 50th birthday . I know that during these strange times we do not get to celebrate these milestone occasions the way we might like to but I have no doubt that Derek have was treated very well indeed by his lovely wife Fiona, daughter Ciara and sons Danny and Shane. He might even get out on a couple of extra 5km cycles. We wish Derek the very best and wish him many more happy birthdays.

Charity Calendar
You May remember that in last weeks notes I was telling you about the beautiful calendar which has been produced by the Waterford/Kilkenny Branch of Down Syndrome . At just €10 each they are a wonderful gift for yourself or for family and friends. The calendars are on sale in many outlets around the city and county and I am delighted to let you know that our friends in Centra Kilmeaden have generously offered to sell them also. Please support this very worthy charity.

Your Notes

I know that many clubs and groups are unable to have their activities at the moment but remember if you have anything that you like me to include in these notes then give me a call or text on 087 9838392 or an email on

Ballyduff GAA, New Letterbox and Covid 19 CC

Ballyduff GAA
The Juvenile section of the club will host an online quiz on Saturday November 21st at 7.30pm. What a fun way to pass some time in these strange times and enjoy some family fun and remember it’s not all about the winning !! To join the fun just enter on lower gaa club quiz
It is wonderful to see the U10 girls still training on Tuesday nights. It is very positive to see them and great thanks goes to their coaches and all at the LGFA for their dedication. The future loðoks very bright for Ballyduff.HD.

New Letterbox
Although we have no masses to attend in these strange times please log on to the parish Facebook page where you will find some recordings of masses as well as prayers and reflections.
A reminder that there is now a letter box on the sacristy door in Ballyduff if you would like to drop in any envelopes or correspondence for the priest. Fr. Richard and Fr. Mick 44continue to remember you in their prayers and urge you to stay safe


Please remember that if you need help in these times to get groceries, fuel or prescriptions then help us available. Also please remember to keep in touch with neighbours by phone or a shout over the gate or hedge. A simple gesture can mean everything.


Charity Calendar
If you are on the lookout for a nice calendar for yourself or as a gift then please consider purchasing the beautiful calendar produced by the Waterford/ Kilkenny branch of the Down Syndome Association. For just €10 you can enjoy this beautiful colourful and bright photo collection. Fill your months with lots of happy faces. The calendar is available in many outlets around the city and county or if you can’t find it just let me know and I will get it to you.

Our Sympathy, GAA News and Last Man Standing

Our Sympathy
WE extend our deepest sympathy to Christy O Brien, Blacknock and Biddy O Hanloaw on the recent death of their beloved sister. ,Maureen Mulvihill was a resident of McCarthyVille and formerly of Kilmovee Portlaw. We send our sympathies to all her family and friends and pray that she now rests in peace and that her family will draw some comfort from their lovely memories.


GAA News
The Juvenile Winter programme goes from strength to strength and it was great to see 50 boys and girls in the field recently and a big thank you to all the coaches for arranging. The U10/11 were out the night before and it is great to see them all keeping up the exercise and skills while doing so in a safe manner.
The academy section of the club was a scary and frightening place to be last Saturday when the pitch was invaded by ghosts and goblins and many strange looking creatures. The club is hopeful that the young people will return and these strange individuals will return to their own particular planets. While the children were unable to head out trick or treating this year the club encouraged all the groups to dress up and send their pictures on for the Facebook page. This was very popular and great fun was had. Many of the coaches dressed up and handed out some treats after training which went down very well.
What a proud day for all at the club as they watched club man Calum Lyons help Waterford to overcome Cork in the Munster Semi Final. Calum had a brilliant game and his performance and the victory has really given everyone a much needed lift and spirits are high looking forward.
The club are delighted to announce that they had a €2000 winner in the recent Deise draw which is great for both the individual involved and the club. John Stephenson takes care of the Deise draw each year for the club and they are very grateful to him for all his work.


Last Man Standing
Ballyduff AFC are now taking entries for their Last Man Standing competition which has a prize fund of €700 up for grabs you can register your name with Paddy or you can join on klubfunder. Entries need to be in by November 16th and all proceeds will go towards the dressing rooms renovation fund.


November Masses
A reminder that there will be some special masses held during the month of November for the Holy Souls and these can be viewed on the parish Facebook page. If you would like to drop the November Dead List envelope or indeed any other church envelope you can do so by placing them in the letterbox which is now at the sacristy in Ballyduff.

Silver Days, Our Sympathy and November Masses

Silver Days
Congratulations and best wishes to our local silver couple Eamonn and Marie Reade, Cullinagh who recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. This very popular couple haven’t aged a bit since their wedding day and of course they are still madly in love. I know the couple will have had plenty of help in celebrating from their children Dylan, Shauna,Shane, Alex, Liam and Jack. We wish this happy couple many more years of good health and happiness.

Our Sympathy
We extend our deepest sympathy to the Power and Corcoran families in Portlaw on the recent death of Maura Power(nee Corcoran) . Many of you will have had the pleasure of hearing Maura play the church organ for many years. I myself had the delight of singing at many funerals and weddings with Maura as my accompanist and she was always so obliging and professional. We send our condolences to her husband Tom, daughters Daphne and Fidelma, her sons Paul, Lawrence and Elton, her grandchildren Adam, Luke, Zoe, Caoimhe, Cian and Oghran and her many friends. We pray now that Maura rests in peace and that choir of angels will most certainly sing in perfect harmony with Maura there to keep them in check.
We also send our sympathies to Alice Walsh, Ballyduff on the recent death of her brother. Paddy Mellay was a resident of Kilrush, Co. Clare but formerly of Dunganstown, New Ross. His funeral mass took place in Kilrush with burial after in New Ross. We pray that Paddy now rests in peace and we send our sympathy to his family and friends.


November Masses
Normally at this time of year we are preparing for our special November masses for the dead.We are very fortunate that these masses will still go ahead and that the tradition of remembering our Holy Souls in a special way during November can continue. Masses will be shown through our parish Facebook page which can be found by searching for the Parish of Portlaw/Ballyduff page. Masses will be said from Ballyduff will be said each Tuesday and will be offered for the Holy Souls. If you have any Holy Souls lists and envelopes or indeed any other envelopes you can drop them in the letterbox near the sacristy door in Ballyduff or you can drop them into Fr.Richard.
Beginning on Monday November 2nd on Facebook Livestream at 7pm there will be a sharing of prayers, scripture and poetry in remembrance of our loved ones in heaven. This will continue each evening for nine days. The annual service of light for those who died during the year will also take place on line towards the end of November.

Dr. Martin Centre, Ballyduff GAA and Recent Deaths

Dr. Martin Centre
I received a message from the wonderful people in the Dr. Martin Day Centre in Portlaw and they would like to remind people that their services are not just for those living in the area. The centre remains open 3 days of the week but unfortunately due to Covid 19 restrictions they are unwelcome members into their building. However they would like you all to know that they are always available to offer help and support you in any way that they can and can be contacted by phone on 087-4611309. They encourage you to call if you need help and support or indeed if you are feeling lonely and just need someone to talk to. They can deliver a hot dinner to you or collect a prescription or some shopping, They are now able to deliver outside Portlaw so wherever you live help is available.
All computer classes will continue on Wednesday starting at 9.15am with Mary Curtis showing how to use the internet, how to email and the use of the smart phone. They are happy also to arrange the Emergency Response system(panic button) for you in your home. This is for anyone living alone or with health concerns. There is an excellent offer at the moment through Pobal where the first year monitoring is free and after that it is €66 per year. There is always help available at the centre so please call if you need it. A hot dinner can be delivered each day for just €7.50 but you need to ring in your order each day before 10.30am on 051 387111 or 087 4611309.
Are you interested in becoming a friend of the centre as a volunteer, if so please ring Alice Kiersey on the numbers above.

Ballyduff GAA
Our local club are looking for help from us as their local community as they strive to achieve access for all at their grounds. The club need to build a new accessible toilet unit with a baby changing area to ensure that all members of the community and visitors to the club of any age and ability can partake in excercise and utilise the facilities the club has to offer. They wish to devleop the grounds so all can share. They have opened a Go Fund me page which can be accessed through their Facebook page or indeed any committee member will help you.

A big thank you to Waterford Coaching & Co games Deise Og and especially John and Paudie for their time in coaching at the after school project over the last few weeks. It was great to see around 30 children in the field enjoying the excercise and having fun. This was a super initiative and the club were delighted to be involved. A big thank you also to all at Ballyduff NS for all their support.

The academy section of the club is really going from strength to strength with around 55 girls and boys last Saturday in the fields. Excercise and laughter under the blue skies sure what else could you ask for. The club are very grateful to all the coaches for helping out and are delighted to welcome some new faces. The Juvenile section of the club are embarking on a Winter training schedule as the season was very short this year and they have identified the need for children to participate in excercise for the good of their mental health. The days and times have been constructed so that they do not interfere in other activities children may have an interest in. The U10/11 is on Tuesdays from 6.15pm to 7.30pm, Wednesdays from 3.15pm to 4.15pm it’s the turn of the U7/8/9 and Saturdays from 10am to 11am it’s the academy section.

The club would like to express their sincere sympathy to their Juvenile Secretary Isabel O Neill on the recent death of her niece Lily May O Dwyer. Their thoughts are with both the Power and O Dwyer families.

Last Sunday evening was a very important and exciting evening for the U12 and U16 LGFA ladies. A social distancing presentation evening was held on line for these wonderful ladies who brought the County Champions title back to the club. A big thank you to RTE’s Marty Morrissey,Kevin McStay, Kerrys Colm Cooper, the 2 Johnnies and American comedian Josh Pray for giving their time to congratulate the girls. They were also joined on line by Mayo and Australian Rules footballer Cora Stauton, Dublins Siobhan Woods and Rebecca McDonnell, Waterfords Michelle Ryan, Aileen Wall, Rosie Landers, Chloe Fennell and Corks Briege Corkery for an on line panel.

The most important people on the night though were the young ladies from the LGFA section of the club who brought great pride to their club. I must say that I know a lot of these young ladies and their passion and dedication to their sport is addictive. I personally know that a lot of work and time went into giving these girls the recognition they richly deserve and a lady who will not mention her own name in any of these reports is our own Fiona Crotty Laffan. I know she had help from other individuals but Fiona gave a lot of time and work to making sure these girls had a presentation night to remember despite the restrictions of Covid 19. As an All Ireland winning footballer herself she knows all about dedication, committment but most of all she knows what its like to have real passion for a sport and so there can be no better example for these girls than the lady herself.

Recent Deaths
We extend our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Tommy Lucas Adamstown who died recently. His funeral mass and burial took place in Butlerstown. We pray that this lovely quiet unassuming gentleman now rests in peace.
We also express our sympathy to local lady Sharon Flynn, Ardeenlone on the recent death of her father John Toms. John was a resident of Claremont, Cork Road and his funeral mass took place in St. Pauls church followed by burial in Butlerstown. Our deepest sympathy to Sharon and all her family.
Our heartfelt sympathy goes to Eugene and Siobhan Power, Ballyduff House on the recent sad passing of their beloved grandaughter. Lily May O Dwyer lived in the lovely Glenmore with her parents Una and John, her sisters Emma Kate and Marie Claire and her brother Denis. I can say that I had the absolute pleasure of knowing this young lady and the only description I can give you of her was that she was beauty personified with the soul and personality to match. At the tender age of just 19 she was far too young to go but she fought a battle with her illness like no other. She showed a strength and courage way beyond her years, she had a smile always on her face, she was reassuring people rather than the other way around. In her presence everyone felt special all people were the same to her and her great love for her family was evident to all. She had a wonderful relationship with all her cousins and when they all got together there was nothing only laughter to be heard. I have no words to give that provide any reasoning for the death of someone so young but I do believe that we all come to this earth for a reason. I think we are sent to do a job and spread as much joy and happiness as we can and maybe some get the job done faster than others. Lily May certainly knew her job and she perfected it from day one. She has left us all with great example and now if each one of us is just a little bit like her every day then wow what a world we will live in. To her heartbroken family we offer our comfort and support and hope that in the hard times ahead the wonderful memories you have will bring you some peace and comfort. Go bhfanfaidh a hanam milis anois agus go n-eitlionn si go hard leis na haingil .

Our Sympathy, Birthday Boys and Your Notes

Recent Death
We were all very saddened to hear of the recent death of Keith Casey Ballyduff. Keith was predeceased by his beloved mother Ann. He is survived by his father Karl, brother Dick and sister Karan. Also mourning his loss are his brother in law Niall and sister in law Nicole and of course his beloved nieces Muireann, Aine, Kara, Scarlet and Sadie.Keith of course had made many many friends over the years and I have no doubt that they will remember him with great love and affection. Keiths funeral mass took place in St. Nichoals church , Ballyduff with burial in the adjoining cemetery. In these strange times when we are unable to attend funerals I’m sure the family were comforted by the big crowd who gathered both outside the house and outside the church as Keith was brought to his final resting place. We hope that Keith now rests in peace where pain and suffering is no more and where his mother welcomes him with open arms. May he rest in gentle peace and may his family find peace and comfort in their wonderful memories of him.

Our Sympathy
We extend our deepest sympathy to Paddy Hennebry Stonehouse on the recent death of his brother Bill. Formerly a Portlaw native, Bill resided in Castleconnell, Limerick with his wife Carla and his sons and daughters Johanna, William, Pierce, Josh and Tara. His funeral mass took place in St. Josephs church,Castleconnell with burial in the adjoining cemetery. May he now rest in peace and we offer our prayers of comfort to his family and friends


Birthday Boys

We send many happy birthday wishes to John Flynn, Ardeenlone who celebrated his 21st birthday. I’m sureJohn would have loved some major birthday celebrations but I have no doubt that he was very well looked after in the celebrating department by mam and dad Don and Sharon and sister Hannah. We hope John enjoyed his day and we wish him many more happy birthdays to come.
Another birthday boy this week was Jack Sheehan Birchdale, Kilmeaden. Jack celebrated reaching the milestone age of 90 with his proud children Michael, Lupita and Eithne along with his children and of course his great grandchildren. We send our birthday wishes to Jack and wish him many more happy birthdays and continued good health.


Your Notes
I know that there is not a lot going on at present but if you have anything you would like me to include in these notes then you can call or text me on 087 9838392 or drop me an email on Remember to keep safe and be mindful of those around you. Be kind and remember that a simple smile can brighten a day.

Birthday Girl, Church News and Ballyduff AFC

Birthday Girl

Another young lady from our parish turned the tender age of 50 in recent days. Claudia Lane would actually pass for a teenager but I have it on good authority that she is indeed 50. I have no doubt that Claudia celebrated with her family and may even have got a chef in to cook for the evening. We hope Claudia enjoyed her celebrations and we wish her many more happy birthdays to come.


Church News
Unfortunately we find ourselves back to the situation where masses have had to cancel all masses. Hopefully we will all be back together again in a couple of weeks. Anyone who had booked anniversary masses for the next couple of weeks please don’t worry as we will book another mass for you when things return to our new normal. Fr. Mick and Fr. Richard would like to assure you all of their continued prayers for all parishioners and ask that we remember them both in our prayers. If you are a Facebook user please look up the parish of Portlaw/Ballyduff page where there will be masses, rosaries, inspirational readings and quotes and an odd joke or two thrown in for good measure.

Ballyduff AFC
Even though matches etc are cancelled, the life and work of a soccer club must still go on and so I have been asked to remind you all that the clubs’ fundraising clothes collection is still running and so you are welcome to drop off your unwanted items of clothing. They can be dropped to the dressing rooms between 5pm and 8pm Monday to Thursday or on Saturdays from 10 am to 4pm. This will run until October 18th so get sorting those unwanted items.
The club are also still seeking a CE worker to assist in the maintenance of club grounds. If you are interested or know someone who may be please contact one of the following John Supple CE Supervisor on 086 2330810 or Paddy Kirk on 087 2764883


Covid 19

I know it is tough going with all these restrictions ad cancellations etc but please remain safe and protect yourself and those around you. Stay in touch with friends and neighbours through phone and text and most of all keep smiling.

Birthday Boy, Great Achievement and Recent Deaths

Birthday Boy

We send many congratulations and best wishes to Alex Foley, Ballyduff who recently celebrated his 21st birthday. Although celebrations cannot be as we would probably like them I have no doubt that Alex celebrated with his parents Sherlock and Eleanor, sister Kate and brother Conor. We wish Alex many more happy birthdays.

Great Achievement

Congratulations to Keith Millea, Newtown who recently received the news that he has been chosen to be part of the Waterford County Football panel. This is a great achievement for Keith and a just reward for his hard work and dedication. We wish Keith the very best and look forward to following his progress.

Recent Deaths
We extend our deepest sympathy to Eugene and Siobhan Power and all the Power family on the recent death of Eugene’s sister Aileen . She was a resident of Lacopple House in Fethard and her funeral mass took place in The Sacred Heart church in Killusty with burial in the adjoining cemetery. We pray that she rests in peace.
We also send our sympathies to Peggy O Shea, Ballyduff Hill and Nancy O Sullivan, Matthews Cross on the recent death of their cousin. Patrick (Patsy) Power lived in Piltown and is survived by his loving wife Peggy, his son Fergal, grandsons Zach and Max and his grandaughter Sarah and great grandaughter Ellie and his sister Mabel. Patsy’s funeral mass took place in Piltown church followed by burial in Ballyduff. We pray now that Patsys gentle soul rests in peace.

Fundraising Success
Waterford Fly Fishers are not just all about fishing, they also do a lot of brilliant work for charity. Following recent fundraising events the group were finally able to hand over a fantastic amount of €2,575. Willie Hanrahan chairman of WCCTAA presented the cheque to representatives of the Waterford/Kilkenny branch of Down Syndrome Ireland. This money will be extremely beneficial to the group and is very much appreciated.


Birthday Girl

Although I run the risk of never being spoken to again I would like to send happy birthday wishes to my own daughter Ava who turned 18 recently. I know she would have liked to celebrate in style but I’m sure she will make up for it. We still enjoyed a lovely weekend and the birthday girl was happy.

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.