The local Portlaw/Ballyduff bridge club met on Monday November 9th for their weekly bridge game and the results were as follows:
1st:Nano Fitzgerald and Geraldine McMahon.
2nd:Bertha O Connor and Mary Prendergast.
3rd:Anna Harney and Sean Hennessy.
4th:Margaret Power and Peggy Murphy.
It is lovely to see such a good attendance at the special Wednesday night masses for the dead during the month of November. It is hard to believe that we are already approaching the third one, the month is really flying by. The final mass on Wednesday November 25th will be offered especially for all those who died during the past 12 months. The people who were buried in our local cemetery will automatically be included in this list of names but we are also aware that many of you may have had a friend or relative who died outside the parish and you may wish to have their name included for this mass. If you would like to do this please contact Martha Fitzgerald on 086-1216882 or Linda Spillane on 087-9838392.
The results of the latest lotto draw which took place on November 1st and there was no jackpot winner. The numbers drawn were 8,9,11and 15. The three lucky dip winners of €50 each were Frank Heffernan, Paul Stephenson and Dave Roche. The next draw will take place on November 15th and will have a very nice jackpot of €1,550. This would be a nice little win just before Christmas so don’t forget to get your ticket.
The GAA club would like to congratulate to the four local lads who completed the coaching introduction course in Saint Declans, Kilmacthomas recently. Colm Kennedy, Colin O Brien, Jake Halley and Alex Foley have a great interest in all aspects of the game and will be great assets to the coaching scene.
I hope you will all tune in to RTE 1 at 6.30pm on Sunday evenings to see the Devine family take part in Irelands Fittest Family. Mary and her three sons Tom, Mick and John have certainly shown their determination already and we can look forward to alot more of that. Tune in and cheer them on.
A reminder to all our secondary school students that if you would like to do your homework or study in a peaceful and relaxed environment then come along to Ballyduff Community Centre on Wednesday evenings from 4pm to 6pm and avail of the homework club for just €5. Often there can be many distractions at home or it may be hard to find a quiet spot to concentrate so homework club offers the perfect solution and help is also on hand from trained professionals if necessary.
It’s time to shake the cobwebs off the brain and polish up that thinking cap. O Donnachas will host a table quiz on Thursday November 26th at 8.30pm in aid of the WLR Lions Club Christmas Hamper Appeal. This is always a fun night so pick your team carefully and get studying.
Tidy Towns News.
Our tidy towns group have come up with a great idea to get us all in the festive mood. They have some beautiful hampers to give away and so will run a competition in the coming weeks to see who has the best Christmas light display on their property. Members of the group will drive around the area looking at displays and if you would like to draw their attention to yours or a neighbours display please contact 087-1750370.
On Butterfly Wings.
Following the huge success of her first novel “Butterfly Barn ” local author Karen Power is ready to let go of her next book and would like to invite you all to The Book Centre on Friday November 27th at 7pm for the launch of her second novel “On Butterfly Wings” . We wish Karen every success with this second novel and we look forward to loosing ourselves in this book as we did with the first.