GAA Lotto, Dawn Players and Greetings

GAA Lotto

The final lotto draw of 2018 saw the numbers 4, 6, 14 and 18 drawn from the drum. There was no winner of the jackpot but there were six lucky dip winners of €50 each. They were Julie Monaghan, Sean Atkins, Alanna Power, Andrew Heffernan, Breda Keane and Gerald Cooke. The lotto will take a little break but will be back on January 13th with a fantastic jackpot of €12,500. What a great way to begin the New Year.

The committee and club would like to say a sincere thank you to all who have supported the lotto every fortnight and all who have helped to sell tickets.

The club would also like to invite you to join them at their club grounds from Monday January 17th to February 21st 2019 from 7pm to 9pm. The club has joined forces with Operation Transformation and the GAA for Ireland Lights Up to promote good health and well being by encouraging people to walk in a safe and well lit area. They will open up their facilities to all the community so come along and bring your friends and family.


Dawn Players.

Our local Dawn Players drama group are very busy rehearsing for their upcoming production of “Canaries”. This hilarious comedy will run from Wednesday January 30th to Saturday February 2nd and I will have further details in the coming weeks so stayed tuned for all the latest news. The group performed this play ten years ago and I can tell you that it went down very well so make sure you book your ticket early.

 


Christmas Masses.

Our church looks really beautiful and all set for our Christmas masses. On Christmas Eve mass will be at 9pm and Christmas morning mass will be at 10am. Our parish choir will sing at both masses and I am sure we will see many families reunited as loved ones return home for Christmas.

The Christmas collection for the support of the priests of our parish will be taken up during the Christmas masses and at the following weekend masses.


Community Alert AGM.

On Tuesday December 18th our local community alert group held their AGM. Although the group are very appreciative of the people attending the meetings the committee asked that everybody there would make a huge effort to bring along some extra people to the meetings. Before the election of officers it was announced that Jay Dowdall would be stepping down as Secretary for personal reasons. Albert Kearns was returned as Chairman and MJ Healy was returned as Treasurer. I was nominated and seconded as Secretary and so look forward to working with the group.

Invited guest speaker John Walsh gave a very interesting talk about the effects that drink and drugs can have on our young people and how while under the influence of these things they can turn to unnecessary violence. He spoke about the important role we all play in our young peoples lives by encouraging them not to overdrink and to walk away from trouble and fighting.

The committee also expressed their congratulations to Garda Alan Kissane who has recently been premoted and will sadly be leaving us. He has given tremendous support and help to the community alert group and we are all very grateful to him.

The next meeting of the group will take place on January 22nd in Ballyduff Community Centre at 7.30pm. The group has lined up a very interesting speaker for the meeting and that is former govenor of Mount Joy Mr. John Lonergan. The group hope to see a big crowd attend this meeting so you are encouraged to spread the word.

 


Greetings!
Again I would like to wish you all a very happy Christmas and I hope that you all enjoy a safe, healthy and happy holiday. Please be mindful that Christmas is not a happy time for some people for many different reasons so a simple hug or a smile can be just what’s needed. People stress about giving the perfect present when sometimes all your family and friends want is your presence.

“Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having in spirit become a child again at Christmas time.”

Community Alert, Ireland Lights Up 2019 and Mass Bookings

Community Alert

Our local community alert group will hold their next meeting on Tuesday December 18th at 8.15pm in Ballyduff Community Centre. Special guest speaker on the night will be local historian Sean Murphy.

This group is for everyone and people are encouraged to bring along a friend or neighbour to the meeting. It is a wonderful opportunity to keep in touch with your local happenings and meet up with the people of your community.


Ireland Lights Up 2019

Do you want to get moving and active this New Year but find it hard to find a safe and well lit area to go for a walk during the dark Winter months. Your local GAA club may have the answer you are looking for. They have come on board with Operation Transformation and the GAA for Ireland Lights Up 2019 and will open up their facilities to everyone. Every Monday night from January 17th to February 21st come along to the club grounds from 7pm to 9pm and enjoy a nice healthy and safe walk. All are welcome to come along to this event. Come along and enjoy some excercise in the company of good friends.

 


Dawn Players
Our local drama group Dawn Players are busy rehearsing for their upcoming production of ” The Canaries”. If this production sounds familiar to you, it was performed by the group ten years ago and was a huge hit. I have very fond memories of attending it the last time and it was one of the funniest shows I had ever seen so I highly recommend it to you all as a brilliant night of fun and laughter.

The show will run from Wednesday January 30th to Saturday February 2nd with some familiar faces in the cast and also some new faces. Watch this space for more details in the coming weeks.

 


Mass Bookings

Bookings have now been taken for anniversary masses for the months of January, February and March. If you didn’t get a chance to book a mass for your loved one please just contact me Linda Spillane on 087 9838392 and I will sort a date for you. Masses are booked for three months at a time and dates may need to be shared depending on demand.


Theatre Success

A huge well done and congratulations to the students of Starstruck theatre school who staged their production of The Little Mermaid recently. The cast which is made up of boys and girls from our own local community treated us to three nights of great entertainment and did their teacher and producer Damien Walsh proud. It was a great show full of song, music and dance and every cast member gave a fantastic performance. A big well done also to all the volunteers who helped out in many ways during the run of the show.

 


Christmas Mass Times

Christmas Eve mass in St. Nicholas’s church will be at 9pm and Christmas Day morning mass will be at 10am. A big thank you and well done to everyone who has helped to make our church look so beautiful for Christmas.


Christmas Concert Cheer
As I write these notes I have just returned home from Ballyduff NS’s annual school concert. As usual this was a really lovely night full of joy and cheer and really helped everyone to get into the Christmas spirit. The pupils from 1st and 2nd classes treated us to a wonderful play about Eddie The Penguin which taught us all about caring for our environment. 3rd and 4th classes sang some of the classics from The Greatest Showman and then it was the turn of 5th and 6th classes to entertain us with some pop songs. We were also treated to a tin whistle recital with some Christmas tunes on the menu. Well done to all the pupils and teachers involved for putting on such a great show.


Winter Wishes

As the Christmas season approaches I would like to take this opportunity to wish each and every one of you a very happy and healthy Christmas. I sincerely thank all of you who have contributed to these notes during the year and all of you who have taken the time to read them. I really enjoy writing them and hope to continue doing so for a long time to come.

Christmas Spirit, Book Launch and Christmas Gathering

Bridge News.

The Ballyduff/Portlaw bridge club meet every Monday night in Ballyduff NS and these are the results from the game played on Monday December 3rd:

1st: Kate Hayes and John Mooney

2nd: Kathleen Collins and Patsy Roche

3rd: Elizabeth Mooney and Peggy Murphy

4th: Sean Hennessy and Nano Fitzgerald

 


GAA Lotto

The numbers drawn in the latest lotto draw were 6, 10, 11 and 15 and there was no winner of the jackpot. The three lucky dip winners of €50 each were Paul Millea, Eamon Daly and Gavin O Rourke. The next draw will take place on December 16th. There is a fantastic jackpot of €12,500 up for grabs. Tickets are just €2 or three for €5 and are on sale from all committee members and will be on sale at Centra on Saturday December 15th. Get your ticket and choose those four numbers carefully and your luck may be in.

 


Recent Deaths.

We extend our deepest sympathy to Una Counihan, Lacka Road on the recent death of her beloved mother. Mrs Mary Diamond lived in Strabane,Tyrone and was a very welcomed visitor often to Kilmeaden. Her funeral mass took place in St. Marys Church, Melmount and she was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.

We also offer our condolences to the family and many friends of Mrs. Stacia Walsh(nee Sullivan) of Lisnakill, Butlerstown. Stacia’s funeral mass took place in Butlerstown church and she was laid to rest in Dunhill graveyard. Stacia was a wonderful character who loved to meet and chat with people. We pray that her gentle soul now rests in peace.

 


Marathon Success

There was some great results for our local community from the recent Waterford Half Marathon. Paul Stephenson was 6th overall in a fantastic time of 1hour and 10 minutes. Just imagine running a mile in 5 minutes and 22 seconds and keep this going for 13.1 miles. Other noticeable results were the 1st and 3rd female pacers Diane Behan and Claudia Lane two ladies with the speed of lightning. Well done to all the people from the parish who completed the race with 2343 finishers.

 


Christmas Spirit

The staff and pupils of Jelly Tots Preschool and Afterschool care are showing us the true meaning of Christmas by gathering goods for Waterford charity Helping Hands. A box has been placed at the entrance of the school for non perishable goods. These items will be collected on December 20th and distributed by the charity. All items will be greatly appreciated. This is a great learning experience for the children and a lovely gesture of kindness from them.

 


Book Launch

What a very special evening in Ballyduff N.S on Tuesday last when we were invited along to the official launch of “Ballyduff’s World of Imagination”, a wonderful book of poems and short stories penned by students from 4th, 5th and 6th classes. This is a fantastic achievement by the students and their teachers. Our own well known local author Karen Power attended the launch and spoke to the students about what a wonderful outlet writing and reading is and what an inspiration they will be to others. It was a very proud night for all us parents and families watching our sons and daughters speak about their book and sign copies of it. Congratulations to them all and we wish them every success for their futures.

 


Christmas Gathering.

Our local community alert group are hosting a friendly and entertaining afternoon for all the senior members of our community on Sunday December 16th from 1pm to 5pm. This will be a wonderful chance for people to get together and have a chat and a laugh. There will plenty of nice refreshments and a chance to have a dance or two to the sounds of Boxty. If you are interested in attending or know someone who is but are worried about transport please contact the group on 085 7045832 or Linda Spillane on 087 9838392 and they will organise a lift for you.

 


GAA News

When all the turkey and Christmas goodies have disappeared and your next thought is getting a little excercise keep in mind that our local GAA club have registered for Ireland lights up in association with the GAA, Operation Transformation and Getirelandwalking.ie On Thursday nights from January 17th to February 21st, the club will open their facilities to all with walking events in the field. Join your community under the lights for some excercise and company and banish away those Winter blues. Spread the news because the more the merrier and it’s all free and who knows you may even get yourself on the telly.

Thank You, The Little Mermaid and a Christmas Treat

Thank You

Fr. Mick would like to say a big thank you to all who attended the special Wednesday night masses in November for the dead. He was delighted to see so many attend and thanks all who helped in any way during these masses.

The new packs of weekly parish envelopes have now been distributed but if you haven’t received a pack please just ask in the sacristy as there are spare packs there.


Hamper Time

Our local community centre committee will host a raffle for a fantastic Christmas hamper on Friday December 7th. Tickets will be on sale at Centra all that day so try your luck and you could be the lucky winner while supporting your local community hall.

 


The Little Mermaid

The little mermaid is on her way to Ballyduff and the Starstruck Theatre school will treat us to a wonderful performance of this show on Thursday 6th, Friday 7th and Saturday 8th of December at 7.30pm in Ballyduff Community Centre. Tickets will be on sale on the night with adults costing €10, children €8 and a family ticket(2 adults+2 children) for €30.

This promises to be a funfilled show full of music and laughter performed by children and teenagers from our community. They have been very busy for the past couple of months rehearsing and are looking forward to welcoming you to their production. Please come along and support the young people of our parish.


GAA News

Our local GAA club have registered for Ireland lights up programme in association with the GAA, Operation Transformation and Getirelandwalking.ie. This is a very exciting venture which will run from January 17th to February 21st on Thursday nights. The club will open its facilities for special floodlit walking events in the field to banish away those Winter blues. The more the merrier so spread the word and come along and enjoy some excercise and fun and who knows you may even get yourself on the telly. This is open to all and is a free event so lets get walking.


Deep Sympathy

We extend our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Nick Whelan, Carrigphilip who died recently. Nick was definetely one of lifes true gentlemen. He loved meeting people for a chat and of course was a fantastic husband, father and grandfather and was very proud of his family. He had a great love of music and singing and was a great supporter of all community events. Nick was a man I loved to meet and chat with and we shall all miss him dearly. Our deepest condolences to his wife Nancy, his children Fergal and Marie, his granchildren and all the Whelan family. We hope that Nicky now rests in peace and we pray that his loving family will find comfort in the wonderful memories they have of him.

 


A Christmas Treat.

Our local community alert group have decided to host an afternoon of fun and entertainment for the senior citizen members of our community. The date is set for Sunday December 16th from 1pm to 5pm in Ballyduff Community Centre. There will be plenty of delicious refreshments on offer and music from the great Boxty. Come along and enjoy a good chat and a few dances. If you would like to attend but are worried about transport well there is no need to worry as transport can be provided. If you are interested in attending or would like to ask more you can contact Albert Kearns or you are welcome to contact myself Linda Spillane 087 9838392.

If you are interested in helping out on the day or would be interested in providing a few tarts or buns please contact us too. This is a lovely chance for people to get together have a chat and a laugh or two.

Beloved Pet Missing, Weekly Envelopes and Presentation Night

GAA Lotto

The numbers drawn in the latest lotto draw were 4, 8, 17 and 27 and there was no winner of the jackpot. The three lucky dip winners of €50 each were Ronan Hogan, Sweep Gang 2 and David Power. The next draw will take place on Sunday December 2nd and will have a jackpot of €12,500. Tickets are €2 each or three for €5 and are available from all committee members and will be on sale at Centra on Saturday December 1st. Choose those four lucky numbers carefully and you could be enjoying a fantastic Christmas shopping spree.


Bridge News.

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

1st: Kathleen Collins and Ptsy Roche

2nd: Mary O Brien and Ann Cox

3rd: Anne and William Tobin.

4th: Peggy and Breda Murphy.


Beloved Pet Missing
The beloved pet dog of a local family has gone missing and the owners are really anxious to see him returned home. He is missing from the Knockaderry/Raheen area and is a wirehaired brown and rust terrier. The family really miss him and have offered a reward for his return. If you have any information please contact 087 6788684.


Candle Mass

It is hard to believe that we are already at the final of our special November masses for our dead. It has been lovely to see so many attend the masses and I know Fr. Mick has been delighted with such great numbers. The final of our masses takes place this Wednesday 28th at 7.30pm and this mass is a special candle mass offered especially for all those who died in the past 12 months. It is a beautiful simple ceremony where a family member of each of the deceased is presented with a candle in memory of their loved one. The candle remains lighting on the altar for the duration of the mass and then given to the family to bring home.

Those who were buried in our own local graveyard are automatically included but we also know that many of you have had family members and friends who have died in the past year in other areas and we would like to remember them also during this mass. If you would like their name included please write their name on the list in the main porch of the church or contact myself Linda Spillane on 087 9838392.


GAA AGM

Ballyduff Lower GAA club will hold their AGM on Sunday December 2nd at 2.30pm in Ballyduff Community Centre. All are welcome to come along to the meeting.


Weekly Envelopes
The new packets of the weekly church collection envelopes are now available in the church so if you use the weekly envelopes you can pick up your addressed pack in the church. The weekly collection taken up at the weekend masses is used for the upkeep of our parish church and so is very important to the running of our beautiful church.


Presentation Night

The curtain came down on the girls gaelic football year as they held their medal presentation night. Players and coaches gathered with their families and friends in Ballyduff Community Centre to celebrate a great year of football and a fun and memorable night was had by all.

On hand on the night to present the girls with their medals was Waterford lady footballer Louise Ryan. A big thank you to the businesses who sponsored spot prizes, Kilmeaden Pharmacy, Kilmeaden Takeaway, Countrylife ,Morris’s Builder Providers, Waterford Suir Valley Railway, Dermot O Neill Pharmacy Portlaw and O Donnachas. Huge thanks also to Centra in Kilmeaden who provided the water and crisps on the night and to the great John Hearne who took some fabulous photos during the night.

A big well done and congratulations to all the players and coaches who gave such committment and dedication all year and provided some brilliant entertaining games of ball for their supporters.


Birthday Boy.
We send very warm birthday wishes to well known local man Mossie Power, Ballyduff West who reaches the 90 milestone this week. Mossie has given great service to our parish life over the years and we hope he enjoys a wonderful birthday with Breda and the family.


Home To Rome

Friday November 16th was a very exciting and emotional day for Arthur and Jordan Curry and their family as they presented a cheque to Waterford Hospice following their hugely successful fundraiser. Their brave and adventurous cycle from Ballyduff to Rome was first and foremost a journey taken in memory of a mother and grandmother whose life inspired many, a lady who showed time and time again selflessness and kindness to all around her. Raising money for Waterford Hospice was something the Curry family felt strongly about as a thank you for the help and support they received. I know that Arthur and Jordan were completely overwhelmed by the support they received and by the generosity of everyone and so it was with great pride that they presented a cheque for €20,000 to Mr. Neil O Sullivan from the Waterford Hospice Movement Board of Directors. What a fantastic achievement and Arthur thanked all those who had helped and supported them on their journey and I would urge you all to take a look on the Home to Rome 2018 facebook page and a read of the beautiful words written by Arthur. A big well done again to Arthur and Jordan on a journey taken and conquered. A very special lady beams with pride from her heavenly home.


Community Alert

Our local community alert group held another successful and informative meeting last week. Before the meeting began Noel O Sullivan spoke on behalf of the crowd gathered and asked for a vote of sympathy to be recorded for Albert Kearns on the recent death of his brother Pat and to Garda Alan Kissane on the death of his father.

Guest speaker at the meeting was Chief Fire Officer Niall Curtin who gave a very informative talk about fire safety in the home and community.

A presentation was made to our own local hero Kelvin Kearns who was recently awarded a bravery award for his heroic deed saving a mans life following a car accident. Guest speaker Niall Curtin presented Kelvin with his presentation on behalf of the community alert group.

The next meeting of the group was fixed for Tuesday December 18th at 8pm and all attending were encouraged to spread the word and bring a friend or neighbour along.


“We Had A Ball”

A good friend of mine in our neighbouring parish of Kill has put pen to paper and written a wonderful book about the many different aspects and interests of his life. The well known Martin Kennedy has released his book of tales of days gone by with interesting tales of sporting adventures, drama performances and many other interests. Many interesting photos also appear throughout the book and at just €10 it is a real bargain. I am reading it myself at the moment and enjoying it immensely and hoping I will get the authors autograph in the coming weeks. Here in Kilmeaden you can purchase your copy in the Countrylife store.

Community Alert, AGM of Ballyduff GAA and Wedding Celebrations.

November Masses.

It is lovely to see such big crowds attending our special Wednesday night masses for the Holy Souls. Although we never stop thinking of our loved ones who have returned home to God, the month of November is always a month devoted to remembering them.The third of these masses will be this Wednesday the 21st and then the final mass will be on Wednesday 28th at 7.30pm. This final mass is offered especially for all those who have died in the past 12 months. Those who were buried in our local graveyard are automatically included but we are also aware that many of you have had family members and friends who have died during the year in other areas. We would love to remember them also on the night so if you would like their name included please write their name on the list in the main porch of the church or contact myself Linda Spillane on 0879838392. This beautiful candle mass is a lovely way to remember our loved ones.


Community Alert

Our local community alert group will hold a meeting on Tuesday November 20th at 8pm. All are welcome and encouraged to attend this meeting. Our local group and our text alert system are one of the finest in the county and it is very important that we all do our bit to keep our community and property safe at all times. Come along to the meeting and spread the word to your neighbours and friends also. We live in a wonderful place and so we must all come together and work hard to keep it safe for all those both living or visiting here.


Bridge News

At Monday November 18th’s meeting of the Ballyduff/Portlaw bridge club the group began their evening by offering mass for the 10 deceased members of the club who have died over the past 18 years. Super dynamo bridge player himself Fr. O Byrne remembered the deceased members and prayed that they now enjoy the peace of heaven, with an odd game of bridge thrown in for good measure. After mass it was down to business and the results of the game played were as follows:

1st: Kathleen Collins and Patsy Roche.

2nd: Peggy Murphy and Elizabeth Mooney.

3rd: Anna Harney and Sean Hennessy.

4th: Anne Cox and Joan Hartrey.


Recent Deaths.

We offer our sincere condolences to Albert Kearns, Tigroe on the recent death of his brother Pat. Pat Kearns was a resident of Cul rua in Portlaw and was a quiet, unassuming man and will be missed desperately by his wife Jackie and their children. His funeral mass took place in St. Patricks church and he was laid to rest in the adjoining graveyard. May his gentle soul rest in peace.

We also send our sympathies to the family and friends of Jimmy Barry of Raheen in Kilmeaden and formerly of Caherune, Kill. Jimmy will be sadly missed by his wife Ann, their children Matt, Alan and Fiona, their grandchildren and all the family. Jimmy’s funeral mass was celebrated in Dunhill church and he was brought to his final place of rest in the adjoining cemetery.


AGM of Ballyduff GAA.

The AGM of Ballyduff GAA club will take place on Sunday December 2nd at 2.30pm in Ballyduff Community Centre. All community members are invited to come along but only fully paid members will be allowed to vote during the election of officers. Our local club is going from strength to strength, with exciting new developments taking place. Any club is dependent on community participation and so please come along and use your talents and enthusiasm to support and boost your local club.

 


Wedding Celebrations

Congratulations to Deirdre Mackey, Ross who recently said “I do” to her soulmate Mark O Gorman. A beautiful day was spent by both families and friends in the stunning setting of Faithlegg House Hotel. We wish the happy couple every happiness in their lives together and hope that they enjoy a lifetime of love and laughter.

November Masses, Birthday Girl and GAA News

GAA Lotto

The numbers drawn in the latest lotto draw were 1, 4, 7 and 9 but there was no lucky winner of the jackpot. The three lucky dip winners of €50 each were Conor Nolan, Gerry Rundle and The Sweep Gang 2. The next draw will take place on November18th and will have a fantastic jackpot of €12,350 up for grabs. Tickets are just €2 or 3 for €5 and are available from all club members and will be on sale at Centra on Saturday November 17th . Choose those 4 numbers carefully and you could be the lucky jackpot winner.


Bridge News.
The Ballyduff/Portlaw bridge club played their latest game on November 5th and the results were:

1st: Kathleen Collins and Patsy Roche.

2nd: Anne Cox and Peggy Murphy.

3rd: Anna Harney and Sean Hennessy.

4th: John and Elizabeth Mooney.


November Masses.

The month of November is always the month we remember our deceased loved ones and friends. Each Wednesday of November a special mass is offered in Ballyduff church at 7.30pm for all our faithful departed. On the final Wednesday of the month November 28th the mass will be offered especially for all those who have died in the past 12 months. Those who were buried here in our graveyard will be automatically included but if you had a relative or friend who died elsewhere and would like to have them included then please write their name on the list in the main porch of the church or contact me Linda Spillane on 087 9838392. This is a beautiful ceremony where each person is represented by a candle during the mass and then that candle is given to a family member to bring home after.


Recent Deaths

We offer our deepest sympathies to Deirdre Coffey, Ballyduff Hill on the recent death of her brother Frank Brennan who resided in German Road, Johns Park. Frank’s funeral mass took place in The Sacred Heart church, The Folly followed by his burial to St.Otterans cemetery.

We also offer our condolences to John Fitzgerald, Carrickphilip on the recent death of his sister Anne Colbert who resided in Tivoli Road, Tramore. Anne’s funeral mass took place in the Holy Cross church, Tramore with burial in St. Declans cemetery, Riverstown.

We offer our prayers and thoughts to both families and hope that they find comfort in the wonderful memories they have of their loved one.


GAA News.

The U15 football lads were in hard luck to be beaten in the Eastern final. They have put in great work this year and a big well done to them and their coaches for their committment.

The U21 hurlers had to suffer a defeat by the cruelest of margins when they were beaten by Mount Sion on a scoreline of 2-13 to 2-12 in the Quarter Final. Playing with a weakened side the team really dug deep and really clawed it back having been down by 8 points midway through the second half. The team can be really proud of their huge effort.

After a short delay the developments in the hurling field have resumed at a pace. This is a massive investment by the club which will benefit all the community. A big thank you again to all the families, individuals and businesses who have supported the venture.

The club is very lucky to have a great team of volunteer coaches involved with the younger age groups and courses are coming up soon for any prospective coaches and parents who may be interested. There is no pressure put on anyone but you are simply offered the chance to develop your knowledge and help with your childs development. If you are interested in finding out more you can get in contact with Juvenile Chairman Brian Hearne or Secretary Isobel O Neill.


Birthday Girl

We send our warmest birthday wishes to Bridie Power in Adamstown who recently celebrated her 90th birthday. Bridie celebrated her special day in her home with her family and I’m sure she was spoiled by them all as she so richly deserves. We wish Bridie every good wish and continued good health and happiness.


Community Alert Meeting.
Our local community alert group remain active and alert throughout the year but of course with the dark evenings and harsh weather it is important that we all remain vigilant at all times and be mindful of all our neighbours and parishioners. A community alert meeting will take place on Tuesday November 20th in Ballyduff Community Centre at 8pm. All are welcome to attend this meeting and please spread the word to your neighbours and friends. It is important that we all work together to keep our community and area safe for all who live and work in it.


Choir On Tour.

I was delighted last week to head off as part of our local parish choir on a day trip out to Bunratty Castle. We headed off from Ballyduff on a damp and miserable morning but we weren’t going to allow the weather to upset our plans. We were delighted that our bus driver for the day was local man John Keegan and knew we were in safe hands. Upon reaching the city of Limerick we had some time to spare so some headed off to a shopping centre for some retail therapy while the rest of us went for a walk around the beautiful St. Johns castle. I had never been to the castle before and I must say it is most certainly well worth the visit. So much history within the castle walls and the most stunning views from the castle top.

After collecting our happy shoppers and their purchases we made our way to Bunratty Castle where we were booked in for an evening banquet. We were certainly treated as royalty and were only referred to as Lord or Lady for the evening. In fact some peoples royal characteristics stood out more than others as our own Michael Hearne and Joan Cheasty were crowned Earl and Lady of Bunratty for the evening. Our Earl most certainly took his duties seriously making sure that each dish tasted perfect before it was given to the guests. One poor guest was even sent to the dungeon but don’t worry the Earl softened and showed him mercy. This visit was a wonderful experience as we dined as in times gone by with no cutlery but don’t worry we didn’t bring the habit home with us. We were treated to some beautiful singing and music from the Bunratty entertainers. If you get the chance to attend one of the banquets you should most definetly give it a try.

We enjoyed a lovely day together with plenty of chats and laughs along the way and of course the customary singsong on the bus. A big thank to Olivia and Declan for making all the arrangements and bookings and to all my fellow choirmates for their lovely company.

Knitting and Crochet, Wedding Bells and A Remarkable Lady

November Masses.

Although our deceased loved ones are never far from our thoughts, we always remember and pray for them in a special way during the month of November. There will be a special Holy Souls mass each Wednesday night at 7.30pm in Ballyduff church during the month of November. The first of these masses will be this Wednesday 7th at 7.30pm.

The final one of these special masses will be on Wednesday November 28th and that mass is offered especially for those who died in the past 12 months. This is a lovely ceremony where each family are presented with a candle in memory of their loved one. Those who were buried in our graveyard during the year are automatically included in this mass but if you would like to include the name of a relative or friend who died outside the parish then you are very welcome o do so. To add a name to the list you can contact me Linda Spillane on 087 9838392 or you can write the name on the list which is in the main porch of the church.

 


Ballyduff AFC

Our local soccer club is really going from strength to strength and have been joined by a lot of new players this season. The club are absolutely delighted to welcome these new members and hope they will be with them for many years to come. The academy section has also welcomed many new members and the club now has a record number of players in the club.

Of course all these new players brings extra work for the coaches which is not good for them or the players. The club urgently needs help in the following age groups, boys U5/6/7/8/9/10 and 11 and girls U8/12/14 and 16. I am sure there are many of you out there who would give great encouragement and support to any of these teams and you will be rewarded with happy faces enjoying sports and learning the great gift of team spirit. If you would like to put your name forward please message or call Paddy Kirk on 087 2764883.


Recent Death

We extend our deepest sympathy to the Fitzmaurice family of Stonehouse on the recent death of Greg. The family have lived in Stonehouse for the past few years and before that lived in Blenheim House. Greg’s funeral mass took place in Ballyduff and he was buried in the adjoining graveyard. We extend our sympathies to his wife Claire and his children Ellen, Greg and Kate and all his family and friends. May he rest in peace.


Knitting and Crochet.

A local group meet every Tuesday morning at 10am in Ballyduff Community Centre to enjoy knitting and crochet. All levels are welcome to come along and join in the fun. Of course I am told that they get to enjoy a cuppa and a chat in between the serious job of creating.

A crochet class will also begin on Monday November 12th for six weeks and will run from 7pm to 8pm in Ballyduff Community Centre. All materials will be provided. If you would like some more information please contact Jeni on 086 8163101


GAA News

A big well done to the U15 Ballyduff/Portlaw football side who qualified for the Eastern Final by recording a win over S.Marys with a scoreline of 5-5 to 2-4. Hopefully the lads will continue to progress and win the title.

The club are very grateful to all who have contributed to their fundraising for the field development. The club are aware of the many pressures on peoples finances these days and are very grateful for the generosity shown towards the club which enables them to continue to enhance the facilities for their members and the community.


Wedding Bells.
We send our warmest congratulations to Danielle Keogh and Raymond Ryan who recently announced their engagement. Both families are delighted with the good news and I’m sure they will give some great advice and help in the wedding plans. However I do know that the real boss will be the couples beautiful daughter Erica and so she may have it all planned already. We wish the happy couple every happiness for the future.


Remarkable Lady

We offer our deepest condolences to Mary Kenny, Newtown and Catherine Millea, Holy Cross on the recent death of their beloved mother Biddy Millea. Biddy held the title of the oldest parishioner in Butlerstown and in her 98th year was very proud of her age. Up until recent months she enjoyed very good health and kept up to date with all the modern trends including skyping, texting and liked to know how many likes her photo might get on facebook. Biddy was one of the most lovable characters you could meet. She loved to meet and chat with people and especially loved visits with her grandchildren Conor, Brian, David and Eoin and her beloved great grandchildren William,Tom, Ellie, Leah and James. You were always assured of a good laugh when you met Biddy and that little rogues glint in her eye would always bring out a funny tale or two. A great cook she loved to care for her family and her beloved dogs. She enjoyed keeping up with current affairs and really enjoyed watching the game of tennis with a special interest in tennis supreme Roger Federer solely for his tennis skills of course.

Biddy shall be missed greatly not only by her family but by all who knew her. She gave us all great example while here on earth, she showed us how to enjoy your life and take care of those around you. She showed us that age is but a number and that you should enjoy every minute of each day. Her infectious smile will remain in her memories and we hope that she is now reunited with her husband and that they now both enjoy the peace of their heavenly home. May her sweet gentle soul rest in peace.

Coffee Morning, County Champions and A True Legend

Station Masses.

The Autumn station masses are now coming to a close and the last of the masses will be on Tuesday October 23rd at 8pm in the home of Margaret and Seamus Nolan. This mass is for the areas of Stonehouse, Whelansbridge and Lacka Road.

 


Bridge News.

The Ballyduff/Portlaw bridge club played their latest game on Monday October 15th and the results were:

1st: Celia Nugent and Theresa Phelan.

2nd: Ann Marie Brown and Geraldine McMahon.

3rd: Breda Cowman and Mary Kennedy.

4th: Angela Brown and Nano Fitzgerald.

 


Coffee Morning.

Our local knitting and crochet group have been very busy every Tuesday morning and the clicking of needles can be heard all over the village. They would like to invite you all to join them for a nice cuppa and a chat on Tuesday October 23rd at 9.30am. The group will have the pieces they have created on display so come along and join them. New members are always welcome to join the group so if you would like some more information please contact Jeni on 086 8163101.

 


GAA News.

The development of the new ball wall, astro pitch and walking track is now nearing completion and it is great to see this fantastic amenity taking shape. If any of you are interested in donating to this fundraiser please contact any committee member.

The nursery and academy section of the club are delighted to have such great coaches but would like to add some more. There are foundation courses coming up shortly and the club are willing to pay for any parents or community members wishing to this course. If you would like to get involved please contact any club member.

 


County Champions

A huge congratulations to the Ballyduff LGFA U13 girls who saw off Ballysaggart in Walsh Park to become county champions. This would not have been possible without the hard work put in by the girls and of course the great support they receive from their parents and supporters in Ballyduff and Portlaw. The girls arrived home to great cheers and the customary tooting of car horns. Well done girls you should all be very proud of yourselves.


A Just Reward.

On September 27th 2017 Kelvin Kearns, Tigroe was driving home on a wet and windy evening when he suddenly noticed the signs of an accident around the Holy Cross area. These signs included a flattened fence so he stopped and got out of his vehicle and upon crossing the road saw that a car was overturned in a dyke down below. Without another thought he waded in waist deep into the water and pulled the man from the car and held the man above the water line until the paramedics arrived. The gentleman involved spent several weeks in hospital but thankfully he made a full recovery.

I mention this incident again as I want to send many congratulations to Kelvin who last week received a National Bravery Award for his heroic actions. Kelvin was one of 21 people presented with an award at Farmleigh House, Phoenix Park. Kelvin of course would be the last person to do things for awards or recognition but he trully deserved this for putting anothers safety first and for always being willing to help out in whatever way he can.


Bus Service

I always like to bring you news of services provided within our community. I must admit that I knew nothing of this service until it was mentioned to me during the week so I headed off on my investigations. Local link is a bus service which runs from Dungarvan to Waterford city every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. They stop off in different rural areas along the way to collect people and allow them a few hours in town to do their business or have a browse around. The bus stops in Ballyduff car park at 10am and at the Post Office in Kilmeaden at 10.15 and returns you back again at 1.45pm and 2pm. The cost of the return trip is €6 for adults, €3 for students and children with under 3’s travelling free. The service also accepts the Department free travel pass. You can book the bus by calling low call number 0761102076. If you would like to visit their website it is www.locallinkwaterford.ie

I think this is a fantastic service to have so please use it and enjoy a nice stress free spin into town.

 


A True Legend.

As all us supporters were left disappointed with the result of the Ireland V Denmark game we were bursting with pride to see our very own soccer hero the late great Frankie Carlin being honoured at the match and through the program. The Carlin family were invited to the game as guests of the IFA and were treated to some wonderful hospitality. They watched the game from brilliant seats but unfortunately it wasn’t the most exciting of games. I’m sure Frankie himself was shouting down some words of encouragement to the players but alas it wasn’t to be. Whatever the result this was a very proud moment for the Carlin family who truly love the game and knew how much the game and our local club meant to Frankie.

When you think of Ballyduff AFC Frankie is one of the names you think of immediately. He served his club for many years as manager, committee member and treasurer and always put his heart and soul into every job he took on. He was a man of committment and full of encouragement for the young players coming up the ranks. His passion and love for the game was evident to all through his words and deeds and so having him honoured at such a high level was indeed right and just. As I looked around the soccer field in Ballyduff the other night and saw all the young boys and girls, teenagers and adults training I looked to the skies and smiled because without great men like Frankie Carlin we wouldn’t have such a vibrant and active club and long may men and women like him be given the recognition they so rightly deserve. Although the match in the Aviva was disappointing, a true hero was honoured and to Margaret, Anthony, Michael, David, Nicola and all the Carlin family we say that we share your pride in a man who will never be forgotten.

Autumn Stations, Good News for Kilmeaden and Spooky Time

GAA Lotto.

The numbers drawn in the latest lotto draw were 2, 6, 7 and 24. There was no winner of the jackpot but there were three lucky dip winners of €50 each. The lucky three were Ann Power, Kathleen Harris and Catherine Power. The next draw will take place on October 21st and will have a fantastic jackpot of €12,050 up for grabs. Tickets cost just €2 each or three for €5 and are available from committee members and will be on sale outside Centra on Saturday October 20th. All you have to do is pick those four lucky numbers and you could be the winner of that fabulous jackpot.

 


Bridge News

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

1st: Geraldine McMahon and Nano Fitzgerald.

2nd: Kate Hayes and Michael O Donovan.

3rd: Angela Brown and Sean Hennessy.

4th: Catherine Power and Bridget Ahearne.

 


Autumn Stations.

The annual Autumn station masses are continuing and on Tuesday October 16th the mass for Ballyduff Village, Ballyduff Hill, Ballyduff West, Ross, Kildermody, Kilmagemogue, Newtown, Cullinagh and Gortaclode will be held in the church at 7.30pm.

On Friday October 19th the mass for Matthews Cross, Ballyduff East and Adamstown will be in the home of Brian and Linda Spillane at 8pm.

The final of the Autumn stations will take place on Tuesday October 23rd for the areas of Stonehouse, Whelansbridge and Lacka Road in the home of Margaret and Seamus Nolan at 8pm.


Meeting Group.

There are many people in our parish who may be retired, living alone, widowed or finding themselves with some time on their hands and would enjoy a friendly cuppa and a chat with friends and friends they haven’t met yet. Some people have come up with the idea of a little informal meeting group who would meet up for a cuppa, a chat maybe a game of cards, chess other board games or other suggestions people may have.

Come along to Ballyduff Community Centre on Wednesday October 17th at 3pm for a cuppa and a chat about what things you would enjoy doing. This is a wonderful idea , in a world where everything seems to move along at super speed why not stop and take some time out not just for yourself but for the others you will meet there.

 


Recent Death

We extend our deepest sympathies to Niamh Larkin, Powersknock on the recent death of her beloved sister Cait. Cait Morrissey O Neill was a lady of great beauty not only on the outside but also had a beautiful and caring soul. She absolutely adored her family and received that adoration back in abundance. She loved shopping, fashion, hurling, music but above all loved spending time with her family and friends. I had the pleasure of meeting Cait a few times at Niamhs house and she always lit up the room.

She dedicated her life to helping others in her nursing career and helped many many people recover through diet and excercise in the cardiac rehab program she ran. In 2016 she married the man of her dreams Eamonn and they had a wonderful wedding day surrounded by their nearest and dearest.

Caits’ funeral mass took place in Ballygunner and it was an absolutely beautiful ceremony so personal and fitting. Cait fought her illness with great courage and dignity and I hope that in time her family will too find the courage to face the road ahead and find strength in the wonderful memories they have. We offer our deepest sympathies to all her family and many friends and we hope that Cait now rests where there is no more pain or suffering but only joy and rewards for a life so well lived for the good of others. May her gentle soul rest in peace.


Good News for Kilmeaden

It was wonderful to hear the news that Kilmeaden has been awarded €96,000 for a new cycle/walk link from the village to the Greenway. A group of people have been working hard since the opening of the Greeway to campaign to have a safe access way onto the Greenway. Although the Greenway is not far from the village, cyclists and pedestrians have to make their way along a very busy road to get to it. This major boost under the Town and Village Renewal scheme 2018 will see the construction of a new safe link to the Greenway and can only bring extra visitors to our community.


Spooky Time.

Halloween is fast approaching but are you feeling brave enough to get on board the Spooky Express. For one night only on October 27th the Spooky Express will depart from Kilmeaden station into the unknown but as you travel along by the River Suir you don’t know who you could meet or what could happen. Tickets for this event need to be pre booked on 051- 384058. Please be aware that this may not be suitable for young children or those afraid of the dark and strobe lighting will also be used.

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.