Communion to the Sick, Cemetery Mass


Communion To The Sick.

For a number of years we have had a scheme here in our parish where a team of Eucharistic ministers take turns to bring Holy Communion to those who are sick or housebound. They do this after the 10am mass on a Sunday morning. You can avail of this service whether you are sick for the long term or perhaps recovering over a short period.

If this is something you or a relative would like to avail of please send your details by text to Fr. O Byrne on 087-9626618 or you can let Linda Spillane 051-399925 or 087-9838392 know and your name will be added to the list.

Cemetery Mass.

Well after the very mixed weather we have been having it was touch and go whether we would be able to have our graveyard mass outdoors. However we woke on Wednesday morning to lovely sunshine and God ensured that it remained nice and dry for the day. It was lovely to set up an altar outside and as people gathered around the graves of their loved ones Fr. O Byrne and Fr. O Halloran delivered a beautiful mass reminding us that those whom we have loved and lost have simply gone to begin a new life with God. They also prayed for those who mourn and grieve the loss of a loved one. It was wonderful to see so many people attend this mass and a collection was taken up which will go towards the maintenance and upkeep of the graveyard.

Our newly formed choir sang some beautiful hymns throughout the mass and are now on their Summer break.

Following the mass we had some tea and light refreshments in the community centre and it was lovely to have so many people come along and sit and have a chat. I would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to all who helped me set up the hall, serve the teas and clean up afterwards. Also a big thank you to all the lovely people who brought along biscuits, cakes, buns and tarts. Once again the community that I live in never ceases to amaze me. You ask for help and it just arrives, that is what makes a parish and a community.

Sequence of Events.

I believe that sometimes different things happen in your life and when you sit and think about them you realise that they all tie together to maybe tell you something. This time last year I fell ill but thank God I am on that road to recovery but at times you doubt yourself and your influence on the world. While helping with the teas at the cemetery mass on Wednesday last I was given the wonderful gift of two single CD’s recorded by our own local girl Sandra O Keeffe and while listening to them at home all I could see was that shy little girl who used to come to my choir and sing behind the book in case someone might hear her. But over the years that book slipped further down and she let everyone hear that beautiful voice that I had heard. I was never so proud as the day of my wedding when she sang by herself in front of everyone. And now everytime she opens her mouth to sing my eyes fill with tears and my heart with pride. Later on that night I received a facebook message from another young lady who was a member of my choir and now lives in England. Some of you may remember Sophie Richings a litttle blond blue eyed girl who would melt your heart when she sang. I remember her crying when they left for England because her mam said she wouldn’t be able to come back for choir each week. That 26 year old beauty is now running her own singing school called Everybody Sing which encourages everyone to sing regardless of ability. The school has become a huge success and she sent me on a report of their grand opening by their patron Maureen Nolan from The Nolan Sisters. The last line of her message to me was “You always said I could be whatever I wanted to be”

I apologise for raving but as I said at the start of this sometimes things tie together and I trully believe this is all tied together by one special lady. On July 16th 2005 we lost one of the greatest talents of our parish. A lifelong member of my choir Tara Whelan was called back to God and so from that moment on Gods angels sang sweeter. A little light went out of me that day but I believed it flickered again this week. We are awash with talent in this parish and we must do all we can to encourage and support them all. These are just 3 from my choir there are many others who when they sing you see me blubbering in the corner.


Tractor Run and Bridge News




Tractor Run.

The Kilmeaden Vintage Tractor Club will host their annual Tractor Run on Sunday July 19th. This is always a lovely day with some fine machines on view. They will depart from Haughtons carpark at 1pm sharp and take in a nice scenic route. Remember to come out and wave to them if you spot them. All money raised will be donated to The Solas Centre so please be as generous as possible. If you require any more information please contact Pat on 087-2216589.

Graveyard Mass.

The annual graveyard mass for Ballyduff cemetery will take place on Wednesday July 15th at 7.30pm weather permitting. If the weather is unkind the mass will be said in the church. Please remind people living in other areas who have relatives buried in Ballyduff about this mass as it is a perfect opportunity for everyone to come together and remember our loved ones.

Following the mass there will be some light refreshments served in the community centre so please come along and enjoy a cuppa and a chat with people you may not have seen in a while.

If you would like to donate a cake or a bun for the refreshments you can contact me Linda Spillane 087-9838392 or I will be up in the community centre on Wednesday evening from 6.30pm.

Bridge News.

The Ballyduff/Portlaw Bridge club held their Summer bridge party in the Ramada Hotel on June 21st. Everybody enjoyed a lovely day and the results of the game played were: 1st: Helen O Shea and Fr. O Byrne.

2Nd: Peggy Murphy and Geraldine McMahon.
3Rd: Anna Ryan and Mary Kennedy.
4Th: Pauline Fanning and Nano Fitzgerald.
5Th: Annemarie Brown and Noreen Tubbritt.

The results of the game played on Monday June 29th are as follows:1st: Geraldine McMahon and Nano Fitzgerald. 2Nd: Ann and William Tobin. 3Rd: Breda and Peggy Murphy. 4Th: Kate Hayes and Sean Hennessy.

The club is open every Monday in July at 7.30pm but the club will take a little Summer break for the month of August.

Twice The Fun.

We extend our heartiest congratulations to Noel and Lorraine Reid on the birth of their beautiful twins recently. Baby Ben and baby Nessa have arrived safe and sound and I’m sure their big brother Bobby is delighted to have a brother and sister. We wish this happy little family a lifetime of health and happiness and look forward to watching them grow up.


Deputy Mayor, Wedding Wishes and a Baby Boy

GAA Lotto.

There was no winner of the latest lotto draw and the numbers drawn were 10, 15, 17 and 19. The three lucky winners of €50 each on the night were Ryan Murray, Martin Murray and Michael Hearne. The next draw will take place on July 12th and will have a jackpot of €1,700 on offer.

Deputy Mayor.

Congratulations to our own local man Councillor John O Leary who was elected recently as Deputy Mayor of our city and county. I know that John is deeply honoured to accept this honour and will treat his position with great respect. We wish him every success and we have no doubt that his wife Eileen will make an excellent Lady Mayoress.

Graveyard Mass.

Another reminder to you that our annual graveyard mass will take place in Ballyduff cemetery on Wednesday July 15th at 7.30pm. Please remember if you are tidying up your grave before that then please bring home any old flowers or wreaths which you may have.

If you could please spread the word to anyone you know who may have a relative or friend buried in Ballyduff cemetery about this mass.

When mass is over there will be a chance to catch up with relatives and friends with a cuppa and some refreshments being served in the community centre beside the graveyard. This is always lovely as people get to chat to people they might only see an odd time.

If any of you kind people would like to give me a hand with these refreshments then I will be delighted to hear from you.

Wedding Wishes.

We extend our warmest congratulations to Cullinagh man Don Devine who married Imelda Kirwan from Ashtown, Kilmacthomas on Friday June 26th in the Tower Hotel. There’s was no way Don was going to get nervous or put a foot wrong with his family surrounding him in the wedding party. His eldest son Tom played the part of the best man and I hear he gave a fantastic speech. The handsome groomsmen were Mick and John while Dons daughter Liz made a beautiful bridesmaid and she was joined by Imeldas sister Eileen who will indeed be a bride herself in a few weeks so this was a practice run for her. Our own John O Shea kept the guests on the floor all night as they danced the night away. We wish Don and Imelda every happiness.

Beautiful Baby Boy.

We send our warmest congratulations to Seamus and Michelle Dunphy, Gortaclode and of course O Donnachas on the birth of their beautiful baby son. James Michael Dunphy is named after his two very proud grandfathers and what a fine strong Irish name it is you can tell already that he is destined for great things. I have no doubt that big sister Holly is willing and able to show him the ropes and teach him all the tricks of the trade in no time. We wish this happy little family every happiness in the future.

Tractor Run.

The Kilmeaden Vintage Tractor Club will host their Tractor run on Sunday July 19th. They will leave from Haughtons carpark at 1pm sharp and take off on a nice leisurely spin. All proceeds on the day will go to The Solas Centre. If you require any further information please contact Pat Fitzgerald on 087-2216589.

Tidy Towns.

The people involved with the local Tidy Towns have contacted me and asked me to say a big thank you to those people who tidied up and cleaned up at the roundabouts and green areas. The next litter pick up will leave from the carpark of Ballyduff N.S at 6.30pm on Wednesday July 8th.

The Sweep area will be done again on Thursday July 23rd at 6.30pm.

Dr.Martin Day Care Centre.

I am sure that you aware of the brilliant work which is being done by the Dr. Martin Day Centre in Portlaw providing many facilities and services to the older people in our community and I know that many from the Ballyduff and Kilmeaden areas travel over to avail of these services. They are at the moment trying to fundraise to provide transport for people using the centre and they have come up with a great idea to raise some money.

As you know the 1 cent and 2 cent coins will soon be no longer in use so if you have some you can bring them along to the centre on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday or simply drop them in one of the collection boxes which are in local businesses in Portlaw. Support the “Cents For Transport” campaign.


School Holidays and Your Notes

Graveyard Mass.

Our annual graveyard mass in Ballyduff cemetery will take place on Wednesday July 15th at 7.30pm. It is important that we spread the news around about the mass because there are many people living in other areas who have loved ones buried in our graveyard. This is always an excellently attended event.

Following the mass we will have a nice cup of tea and some light refreshments in the community centre. We have been doing this for the past couple of years and people have loved it. It gives people a chance to meet up with people they may not see very often and they can sit and chat over a cuppa. If any of you nice people out there would like to help out by maybe donating a cake or two then please let me know on 087-9838392.

Mass Bookings.

Last weekend we took the booking of anniversary masses for the months of July,August and September but there are still some dates available so if you would like to book a mass for a loved one during those dates then please contact me Linda Spillane on 051-399925, 087-9838392 oe

School Holidays.

All the pupils and staff of Ballyduff N.S have now clocked out for the Summer holidays. We wish each and every one of them a very safe and happy Summer. We thank all the staff of the school for their dedication and committment all through the year. We wish the 6th class pupils the very best as they head off to secondary school and we hope they fly the Ballyduff flag with great pride.


I write these notes having returned home from my daughter Ava’s graduation night from Ballyduff N.S. I can’t believe what an emotional night it turned out to be. Fr.O Byrne offered a beautiful mass for them and I was delighted to see so many members of the school staff present at this mass. The 6th class pupils read the readings, sang the psalm, read the prayers of the faithful, brought forward gifts and read the reflection. They were joined by their friends in 3rd and 4th classes who made up the choir.

In his sermon Fr. Mick urged the children to build on the great foundation they received in Ballyduff N.S and to always to their very best. Each child was presented with a graduation certificate and then it was back to the school hall for some lovely tea and cake laid on my some parents. We were treated to a lovely slide show of photos put together with some very tear jerking music. This was put together by local girl Rebecca Cheasty. The children also got a beautiful year book and calender. A huge thank you to the parents, teachers who put the graduation together. It was a very special night and I know our children will never forget it.

Your Notes.

If you have an event, some news and would like to share it with the people reading these notes then drop me a text to 087-9838392 or an email to or just shout after me if I pass by.


Graveyard Mass, 6th Class Graduation and Parent and Toddler

Bridge News.

Our local bridge club enjoyed another successful game of bridge in the meeting room at the Kilmeaden Village Centre on Monday June 15th and here are the results:

1st: Margaret Sweeney and Eileen Kirwan.
2nd: John Fitzpatrick and Pauline Fanning.
3rd: Nano Fitzgerald and Michael O Donovan.
4th; Ann Kennedy and Margaret Power.

GAA Lotto.

There was no winner of the recent lotto draw and the numbers drawn were 9, 13, 15 and 18. The three lucky dip winners of €50 each were James Walsh, John Keating and Hugh Fitzgerald. The next draw takes place in O Donnachas on June 28th.

GAA Cul Camp.

Ballyduff GAA club will play hosts to the Kelloggs Cul Camp from June 29th to July 3rd. This fun filled week for 6 to 13 year olds will run from 10am to 2.30pm daily. The cost of the camp is €55 for the first child, €45 for the second child and €40 for the third and subsequent children. You can register for the camp by logging onto or you can contact Jenny Dempsey.

Graveyard Mass.

Our annual graveyard mass will take place on Wednesday July 15th at 7.30pm so please spread the word to all those people you know who have relatives or friends buried in our graveyard. A reminder that if you are tidying up your family grave then please bring a bin bag and take home your old flowers etc with you.

We will of course have some tea and refreshments after the mass in the community centre. This is always a lovely opportunity for people to meet up for a chat with people they may not have met with for some time.

I will of course be on the lookout for some nice people to give me a helping hand with some baking etc for this so watch out!!!

Months Mind.

The months mind mass for the late Peter McNamara, Ballyduff Village will take place on Wednesday June 24th at 7.30pm. Peter is sorely missed by all our community so let us come together in prayer to remember his gentle soul.

Graduation Mass.

It is very hard to believe that we are already at the end of another school year. There will be a special graduation mass for our 6th class students on Thursday June 25th at 7.30pm in the church to which you are all invited. This is a lovely way to wish these students the very best as they head off to their secondary education and also give thanks for the years they have spent in Ballyduff N.S.

Mount Congreve.

Last Sunday Mount Congreve opened its gates for a country fair in aid of the charity CRY. I must say I felt a huge burst of pride as I watched the crowds of people descend on my native Kilmeaden. The sun shone all day as people strolled the beautiful gardens and enjoyed all the attractions on offer. I intended on going down for about an hour but found myself there 4 hours later. There was just so much to do and enjoy and of course I met so many people I had to stop and chat with. A huge well done to all involved in the organising of this event you should be very proud of your efforts.

One thing which did surprise me was the amount of Kilmeaden people I met down there who had never been there before so I strongly urged them to go back down on a normal day to enjoy the beautiful landscapes, the scent of beauty and the calmness and serenity of spirit which you feel as you make your way along the winding paths of Mount Congreve.

Parent and Toddler.

The Ballyduff/Kilmeaden Parent and Toddler group will take their Summer holidays for the months of July and August. They thank everyone for coming along and joining them each week and look forward to seeing you again in September.


Bridge News, Tidy Towns and School Sports Success

Bridge News.

Our local Ballyduff/Portlaw bridge club enjoy meeting each Monday night in the Kilmeaden Village Centre to play a relaxing game of bridge and the results from the last two games are:

2nd of May

1st: Mary Kennedy and Breda Cowman.
2nd: Pauline Fanning and Margaret Power.
3rd: Nano Fitzgerald and Sean Hennessy.
4th: Ann Kennedy and Celia Nugent.

8th of May.

1st: Sean Hennessy and Geraldine McMahon.
2nd: Mary O Brien and Celia Nugent.
3rd Margaret Power and Peggy Murphy.
4th: Genelia Rowley and Ann Kennedy.

Mass Bookings.

If you would like to book an anniversary mass for a loved one during the months of July, August or September then bookings will be taken after the weekend masses on Saturday June 20th and Sunday June 21st. Months mind masses and first anniversary masses take preference so if you need to book one of those during those months please contact me Linda Spillane on 087-9838392 and I will arrange it for you.

As you know masses are shared so if you do not want to share then please state that at the time of booking.

Tidy Towns.

Our local Tidy Towns group are doing a fantastic job around the area. You may have noticed the recent addition of the beautiful hanging baskets to the green in Ballyduff village and thank you to Ann Nolan and Christy O Keeffe for taking care of them. The clean up of the green area at the Sweep was a success this week but is a big area and so needs some more work done to get it back to a standard that Pakie Daly would be proud of. Please come along on Thursday 18th at 6.30pm and we will give it another go. If you have an area in mind which could do with some work then please contact Tony on 086-6078272 or send the group a message through their facebook page. They will hold their next meeting on July 1st at 8pm in the meeting room at the village centre. This meeting is open to everyone so why not drop in and join your local group.

Mission Success.

Last weekend at the masses in Ballyduff and Portlaw we were visited by Sr. Lucy who told us about mission work in many countries. A second collection was taken up at the masses and Sr. Lucy has asked that we express her gratitude for the fabulous amount of €1,270 which was raised. She was deeply humbled by the support she received.

Fundraising Night.

On Tuesday night last in O Donnachas a fundraising night was held to help raise money for local man John Deevys trip to take part in the Special Olmpics. A great crowd turned up for this fun trad night full of music and song with O Donnachas laying on some delicious finger food. The organisers have asked me to say a huge thank you to all who attended and donated money and to all the local businesses who gave sponsorship or prizes. Frank Murphy made a hurley for the night which was signed by the Waterford team and auctioned off on the night. The league cup even paid a visit and so there was plenty of photo oppotunities. A total amount of €1,630 was raised and the organisers are extremely grateful.

Hall News.

A reminder that a social game of bingo takes place on the last Tuesday of every month in Ballyduff Community Centre. This costs just €5 which includes a nice cup of tea and a tasty treat.

If you are clearing through those wardrobes you can place all your unwanted clothes which are still in reasonable condition into a bag and bring them along to the community centre for the clothes recycling collection which takes place from June 17th to June 19th inclusive.

School News

Congratulations to the Parents Council and all involved with the organising of the annual school sports last Tuesday evening. A huge crowd turned up on the beautiful sunny evening and everyone had a really enjoyable evening. The children did their parents proud with their displays of fair play and good sportmanship. The smell of the very tasty barbeque lured you in and there was no way you could resist. The hot sun made sure the shop was kept busy with Mr. Freezes in demand. It was lovely to see people standing around having a chat . In these busy times we seldom get to meet other parents and so sometimes it is nice to just stop and enjoy a chat and a laugh. A fantastic amount of €1,700 was raised and I know the school is very grateful for everyones generosity.

The children are enjoying the countdown to their Summer holidays on June 26th and are enjoying their class school tours at the moment. We hope they all enjoy safe and happy trips.


Graveyard mass, Exam Times and New Business

Bridge News.

Our local Ballyduff/Portlaw bridge club meet every Monday night in the Kilmeaden Village Centre and the results of the game played on May 25th are as follows;

1st: Geraldine McMahon and Nano Fitzgerald.
2nd: Kate Hayes and Sean Hennessy.
3rd: Celia Nugent and Margaret White.
4th: Margaret Power and Pauline Fanning.

GAA Lotto

There was no winner of the latest lotto draw and the numbers drawn were 7, 18, 24 and 25. The three lucky dip winners of €50 each were Pat Mooney, Peter Doyle and Colman Power. The next draw will take place on Sunday June 14th in O Donnachas and will have a fantastic jackpot of €1,400.

A Little Boy.

We send our heartiest congratulations to local couple David and Carmel Carlin who recently welcomed their beautiful baby son into the world. We hope that baby Adam James enjoys a lifetime of happiness and I hear Paddy Kirk is hot on his tail already with soccer club forms!!

Graveyard Mass.

A reminder that our annual graveyard mass will take place on Wednesday July 15th at 7.30pm. This is always a very well attended event with many people travelling from other areas because they have relatives or friends buried here so please spread the word. I will be reminding you over the coming weeks so dont worry.

Tidy Towns News.

Our local Tidy Towns group would like to wish local man John Deevy the very best as he heads off to represent his country in the Special Olympics. We all wish him the very best.

The group would like to thank Bobby Byrne of Centra, Kilmeaden who has sponsored their insurance for the year.

The groups next project is the green area at the Sweep and so the group will meet at the Sweep on Thursday June

at 6.30pm and all are welcome.

If you have any areas you would liked to have looked at please contact Tony on 086 607 8272 or send them a message through their facebook page. There next meeting is July 1st at 8pm in the Village Centre Meeting room .

Exam Times.

We send our very best wishes to all the young people sitting their Leaving and Junior Cert exams at present. We hope they will find an equal balance between study and sleep.

New Business

We wish the very best to Christine who has opened her new business in the Kilmeaden Village Centre. This clothes shop carrying a consignment of new and used clothing is situated in the former florist. They also take in good quality clothing and sell them on for customers. We wish her success in her new venture New For You.


Charity Night and a true gent.

Charity Night.

As many of you may already know local man John Deevy will head off in June to represent his country in the Special Olympics. A special fundraising night will take place in O Donnachas on Tuesday June 9th to help raise funds to help John with the costs involved. This will be a special Trad night with lots of song and music on offer and an odd jig or two thrown in for good measure. As always everyone is invited along and more than welcome to join in. There will also be some delicious finger food on offer. Come along and enjoy a great night of music while supporting this young mans dreams.

A True Gent.

Our parish lost its oldest resident this week. Peter McNamara, Ballyduff Village returned home to the Lord just shy of his 94th birthday. Peter and his late wife Stacia lived in the shadow of the church for many years and raised their son Martin there. When his beloved Stacia died he was indeed a broken hearted man but he fought back and carried on as best he could delighting in the comfort and kindness of family, friends and neighbours. He trully loved his neighbours and was lucky to be surrounded by such a kind and helpful bunch of neighbours.

Peter was indeed a true and honest Christian, never sought the limelight or looked for praise for being religious. It was just part of his regular day. The visits from the local priests and receiving communion on a Sunday was very special to him.

There are many words which spring into my mind when I hear the name Peter McNamara but I will just share a few, kind, intelligent, witty, hardworking, religious and honest. He loved chatting to people and had some of the most interesting stories you could ever hear. He touched many lives and I believe that each of us is a better person for having known him. We offer our deepest sympathy to Martin, Bridget and the boys and to all his family and friends. May his sweet gentle soul now rest in peace where pain and suffering is no more. Ar Dheis De go raibh se.

Parish Website.

Have you tried our new parish website yet? Do yourself a huge favour and click on This website was cleverly designed by local man James Tubbritt. Included on this website is a virtual tour button press on the button and take a virtual trip around the church. There is also lots of parish information on there and these notes are carried on each week so pop on and have a look. Let all your relatives and friends from here who are all in foreign lands and let them keep in touch.

Your Notes

Please contact me Linda Spillane if you have any items which you would like to include in these notes. For many people in our parish these notes are their only link with parish life so let them know


Bridge news, Graveyard mass and more.

Bridge News.

Our local Ballyduff/Portlaw bridge club meet every Monday night in the meeting rooms in the Kilmeaden Village Centre. The results of the game played on 11th of May 2015 are as follows:

1st: Joan Whelan and Sean Hennessy.
2nd: Anna Harney and Nano Fitzgerald.
3rd : Celia Nugent and Mary O Brien.
4th: Breda O Donnell and Aileen Stephenson.

GAA Lotto.

There was no winner of the latest GAA lotto draw and the numbers drawn were 11, 18, 19 and 21. The three lucky dip winners of €50 each were Gillian Kennedy, Michelle Dunphy and Billy Heffernan. The next draw will take place on May 31st in O Donnachas and will have a jackpot of €1,250.

Lourdes Fundraisers.

Our local Lourdes committee would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who supported their recent hamper rafffle, cabaret night and coffee morning. A total amount of €1,720 was raised and the committee were delighted with the response and are overwhelmed by peoples generosity. They would also like to say a big thank you to local businesses who gave donations and spot prizes. The two winners of the hampers were Jenny Doyle and Breda Larkin.

Thanks to your generosity they are now able to send two people from our area as part of the invalid section of the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes.

Soccer News

Our local Soccer Club will host their AGM on Thursday May 28th at 7.30pm in the Community Centre. New members are always welcome so if this is something you think you could lend your talents to then please come along and join your local club.

Graveyard Mass.

A reminder that this years annual graveyard mass will take place on Wednesday July 15th at 7.30pm. This is always a very well attended event and so please pass on the date to people living elsewhere but have relatives buried in our graveyard.


Special Mass, great success and what a day!

Bridge News.

The results of the latest couple of games played by the Ballyduff/Portlaw Bridge Club.


1st: Kate Hayes and Sean Hennessy.
2nd: Kathleen Collins and Patsy Roche.
3rd: Aileen Stephenson and Mary Kennedy.
4th:Ann and William Tobin.


1st: Nano Fitzgerald and Sean Hennessy.
2nd: Mary Flynn and Michael O Donovan.
3rd: Ann Marie Brown and Noreen Tubbritt
4th: Anna Harney and John Fitzpatrick.

Eyes Down For Bingo.

The next game of community bingo will be played in Ballyduff Community Centre on Tuesday 26th of May at 7.30pm. For just €5 you can enjoy a sociable game of bingo and some light refreshments. All profits go towards the hall redevelopment fund. Come along and bring a friend.

Tidy Towns News.

Ballyduff/ Kilmeaden Tidy Towns Committee would like to say a big thank you to all who helped to tidy up th green area opposite Centra. There has been a huge transformation and once the flowers are set there it will look even nicer. The next event lined up is a litter pick. This will start from Ballyduff N.S school carpark from 12 noon. Hi-vis vests and pickers will be supplied.

Special Mass.

Our new bishop Bishop Cullinan has requested all parishes to organise one hour of adoration next week to implore Gods wisdom on the country. There will be a special mass in Ballyduff church on Wednesday May 20th at 7.30pm followed by a short time of quiet prayer.

Great Success.

We send huge congratulations to 17 year old Niamh Keegan from the Lacka Road who was the recent winner of the Sean Dunne Young Poet Award. Niamh attends the Waterford Youth Arts creative writing class where her tutor Eimear Cheasty encouraged her to enter the competition. Her success gets her a prize of some poetry mentoring and €500. Congratulations Niamh and I’m sure your parents and brothers and indeed all your family and friends are very proud of you.

Coffee Morning.

I had such a great time at the last coffee morning I went to that I’m off to another one. On Thursday May 21st from 9.30am to 12 noon in Ballyduff Community Centre my friends and I will host a coffee morning in aid of our local Lourdes fund. Each year our parish like to send two people from our parish to Lourdes as part of the invalid section of the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes.

Come along and join us next Thursday for a relaxed cuppa, a chat and some delicious treats. We will even have a raffle for some lovely prizes. See you there, I’ll be the one with the teapot!!!

What A Day!!!!

Every poor child of Prague was hunted out into the rainy weather last weekend in the hopes of a good day for our First Holy Communion and boy did we get it. After a washout on Friday we pulled back our curtains on Saturday morning to the sun beaming through the trees and the Lord smiled on us for the rest of the day. 25 boys and girls from Ballyduff N.S lit up the room as the entered the church to the sounds of their schoolmates singing This Is The Day. We were delighted on the day to see Fr. Mick joined by our very own Fr. John Harris whose little niece Aislinn was making her Holy Communion. The children treated us to a very special ceremony carrying out their little jobs to perfection from reading, singing, prayers of the faithful, offertory gifts,actions to the Our Father.

Our church looked beautiful with the gorgeous artwork and the splendid floral designs which were created by church florist Joan Cheasty. We say a huge thank to Sherlock Foley who donated all the flowers needed we appreciate his kindness and generosity.

After mass we were all invited over to the school hall where tea and cake were laid on for all to enjoy. Everyone then went their seperate ways to enjoy individual celebrations but they took with them beautiful memories to be treasured forever.


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.