Confirmation day, GAA Cul Camp and Can you help?

A Little Princess.

We send our warmest congratulations to John and Laura O Leary, Ballyduff on the recent birth of their beautiful baby girl Aimee. I hear that she is doing very well and that she is getting an abundance of love and attention from big brother Leon and big sister Emma. I’m sure they will teach her the tricks of the trade in no time at all. We wish this lovely little family every joy and happiness.

 


Bridge News.
The results of the latest bridge game played on Monday May 16th are as follows:
1st:Peggy Murphy and Ann Cox.
2nd:Margaret Power and Sean Hennessy.
3rd:Kathleen Collins and Mary Cummins.
4th:Nan Murphy and Anna Harney.

 


Confirmation Day.

We wish all the boys and girls of 5th and 6th classes in Ballyduff N.S the very best of luck for their Confirmation Day on Thursday May 26th. The ceremony will begin at 11am and all are invited to attend. The children have prepared well and I’m sure the Bishop will be impressed. We hope they all enjoy a memorable day with their friends and family.

 


GAA Academy.

It is wonderful to see such great crowds on Wednesday nights for academy training. These 4 to 8 year old children are really enjoying themselves and are learning lots of new skills. Training continues every Wednesday evening at 6pm for the month of May and then it is hoped to introduce some extra training on Saturdays in June. New members are always very welcome and if you would like to find out some more information then please contact Brian on 087-2486423 or Rory on 086-6012394.

 


GAA Cul Camp.

Can you believe that it is nearly that time of year again when we start to think of Summer camps. The GAA Cul Camp will run this year from July 25th to July 29th inclusive in Ballyduff GAA grounds. You can get all the details you need from the Cul Camp website. This is always a very enjoyable week with the children receiving instruction in hurling, football, camogie and rounders. All coaches involved are fully qualified and garda vetted.

 


Cemetery Mass.
Our annual graveyard mass in Ballyduff will take place on Wednesday July 13th at 7.30pm. This is always a very popular mass so I ask you to spread the word to all those people living in other parishes who have relatives and friends buried in our graveyard. As in other years we will have some tea and refreshments in our local community centre after the mass giving people a chance to meet up for a chat.

 


Can You Help?

I have been contacted by the organising committee of the centenary celebrations at Kilmeaden Co-Op. They are trying to gather as much historical information and old photographs about the Co-Op as they can and would love to hear from you if you have any. If you think you can help then please contact Pat Coady or Gabrielle Power at Glanbia, Kilmeaden.

 


Ball Drop
Well I must say that excitement is really building for the planned ball drop on Monday June 6th. This event is being organised by the fundraising committee for Ballyduff Community Centre. The plan is to drop 1000 balls from the bucket of a digger down a hill and watch out for the first three balls home. First ball home gets €250, second gets €100 and third gets €50.
How do I get my hands on some balls I hear you ask well they are on sale for just €2.50 and you can buy as many as you like. Many individuals are selling the balls and I have heard that people from all over the country have been trying to get their hands on some. I told you some weeks ago that I myself am selling some and like I told you(just you and nobody else) I have had mine on a very strict diet and excercise programme. This programme has gone very well and they are now rearing to go. Don’t say I haven’t let you know in time, give me a shout!


Our Sympathy.

We offer our sincere condolences to Damian Hennessy, owner og Gala in Kilmeaden on the recent death of his father Gerry. Gerry lived in Marshmeadows in New Ross and is survived by his wife Catherine, his sons Damian and Ger and daughters Emma and , Nicola and his extended family ad large circle of friends. He was laid to rest after his funeral mass in The Church of the Assumption in Rosbercon. We offer our deepset sympathy to Damian and Majella and all their family. May his soul now rest in peace.

GAA Lotto, Bake Sale and Community Alert final meeting.

GAA Lotto

There was no winner of the latest lotto draw and the numbers drawn were 11,12,25 and 26. The three lucky dip winners of €50 each were Mary Power, Roisin Ni Fhuartain and Denise Roche. The next draw will take place on May 22nd and will have a fantastic jackpot of €3,350. Tickets cost €2 or you can get three tickets for €5. Tickets will be sale all day on Saturday May 21st outside Centra.


Bridge News.

The results of the last couple of bridge games played by the Ballyduff/Portlaw bridge club are as follows:

May 3rd

1st:Mary Kennedy and Breda Cowman.
2nd:Kate Hayes and Michael O Donovan
3rd:Breda O Donnell and Pauline Fanning.
4th:Eileen Kirwan and Mary Shanahan.

May 9th

1st:Mary Prendergast and Patsy Roche.
2nd:Mary O Brien and Anna Harney.
3rd:Geraldine McMahon and Bertha O Connor.
4th:Mary Kennedy and Breda Cowman.


Bake Sale.

If you fancy some tasty homebaked treats while supporting our local young people then get yourself along to Ballyduff Community Centre on Sunday May 22nd between 10.30am and 12.30pm where Ballyduff Foroige Club will host a cake sale to help raise funds for their end of year trip. Tea and coffee will also be served so come and relax with a cuppa, a bun and a chat.


Final Meeting

A reminder that our local community alert group will hold a final meeting before the Summer break in Ballyduff Community Centre on Monday May 23rd at 8pm. All are welcome to attend this meeting and there will be light refreshments served after the meeting so this is a lovely way to meet your neighbours and fellow parishioners.


Ball Drop.

Balls are selling like hot cakes for the exciting ball drop which is being organised in aid of our local community centre. Major technical work is underway at present as to which hill will be used. Decisions will have to be made soon, it may be time to bring in the big guns like Jack and Jill who know about their hills!!!
1000 numbered balls will be dropped down the chosen hill and first one home receives €250, second gets €100 and third gets €50. As I have told you all before there are a number of people selling these balls so just ask those usual poor souls who are usually asking you for your money. This ball drop on Monday June 6th should be an exciting and fun day so join in the fun.


Lourdes Winner

The organising committee of the annual Lourdes Talent show would like to thank everyone who supported this event. Congratulations to Terry Stephenson who was the winner on the night of the Jimmy Fox Memorial Cup. If you would like to donate to the local Loudes Fund which sends two people each year in the invalid section of the Waterford/Lismore Diocesan Pilgrimage you can still give your donation to any of the following Noel O Sullivan, Eugene Power, John O Leary or Donal Daly.


Blacknocks Finest.

Our hearts were heavy last week as we awoke to the news that Betty O Keeffe had passed away. Betty spent her married life living in her beloved Blacknock and she and her devoted husband Mossie reared their family with care in a house full of family love. She cared for not only her own family but took in other family members when they needed and reared them with the same affection she had for own. These are the traits of a selfless, dedicated, caring woman and all Betty asked for in return was to see their happiness and hear their laughter. Her greatest love was for family, Mossie, their children and their grandchildren. She was very proud of them all and loved to tell you about them when she met you. She loved to meet up with friends, neighbours, people from her native Co.Tipperary for a good chat and a laugh. She loved her garden, her dogs and of course music. I can still see her being whisked around the floor of O Donnachas or The Sweep for a good old waltz. Betty will be missed greatly but the legacy of love and care she leaves behind will never be forgotten. I personally feel if I can be half the mother she was I wont be doing too bad.
I met with Bettys husband in recent days and he was anxious for me to say a few thank yous for him and his children. Mossie was genuinely humbled by the support and help they received from family, friends and neighbours, people calling to the house, bringing food and supplies and all those who attended both the wake and the funeral mass especially all those who travelled from Bettys native place of Emly in Co. Tipperary. He would like to thank Fr.Gerry Condon who came to the house to offer prayers and to Fr. Richard O Halloran for the beautiful funeral mass. He would also like to thank the choir and musicians who added so nicely to the mass. Thank you also to the undertakers Michael and Dolores Kinsella who Mossie told me were a great support to the family and went over and above the call of duty to make sure the family got to give Betty the send off she deserved. He would also like to thank the grave diggers Tom and Dod Whelan. I think I have covered everyone Mossie asked me to and I’m sure all these people would say that it was a pleasure to help out for such a sweet, unassuming lady like Betty. May her gentle soul now rest in peace.

Ball drop, Tractor Run and Bluebell time

Community Alert.

Our local community alert group have been requested by the Gardai to have one final meeting before the Summer break up. This meeting will take place on Monday May 23rd at 8pm in Ballyduff Community Centre. All are welcome to come along to this meeting it is a great way to meet up with neighbours and get to know those in your area. Light refreshments will be served after the meeting so hope to see you there.


Ball Drop.

The next venture planned by the fundraising committee attached to Ballyduff Community Centre is a fun ball drop. The plan is to drop 1000 balls down a hill and then give €250 to the owner of the first ball home, €100 to the second and €50 to the third. The numbered balls cost just €2.50 and you can buy as many as you like. At the moment major technical decisions are being made as to which hill in our beautiful area is the best. Practice runs are taking place so dont worry if you happen to meet a lot of balls rolling down a hill on your travels, its all perfectly explainable! Where can you buy these balls I hear you say well there are lots of individuals who have them on sale including myself Linda Spillane and may I say the ones I have are rolling particularly well, they are on an intense excercise programme and a special “make you roll faster diet” so dont say I didnt give you fair warning. Other sales people include Isabel O Neill, Claire Bowman, Marie Reade, Martha Fitzgerald, Siobhan Walsh, Mary Power and many more. Get your lucky balls fast! The ball drop takes place on Monday June 6th.

 


Foroige Date.

Our local Foroige Youth Club have asked me to give you a date to mark in your diary. They would like to invite you all along to their fundraising cake sale on Sunday May 22nd from 10.30am to 12.30pm in the Community centre. They are going to provide all the cakes, buns and biscuits themselves and will also be serving tea and coffee too so you can sit and have a cuppa while you decide which treats to have. They intend to use the money raised to help fund their end of year trip so come along and support our young people.


Tractor Run.

Our neighbours in Kill and especially those involved with The Swan Lodge Classic and Vintage club have been in touch with me and asked me to let you know all about The Mick Kirwan Memorial Tractor/Vehicle Run which will take place on Sunday May 15th at Gardenmorris. There will be a BBQ, music, modern silage equipment display, model and remote control display and other side shows. We all know that Mick was a great man to raise money for charity and all money raised from this event will go to Waterford Hospice so come along and do Mick proud.


Tea Day.

Thursday May 5th last was National Alzheimers Tea Day and I attended a lovely tea/coffee morning in Ballyduff Community Centre. This annual event is organised by local lady Niamh Larkin and is always well attended. As I have told you before Niamh has a way of getting some of the finest bakers in our parish to bake some treats for this and let me tell you this year was no exception. There were scones and cakes of every description , lovely warm cuppa and plenty of lovely conversation. A fantastic amount of €430 was raised and will be given to the Waterford branch of the association.
Niamh has asked me to say a huge thank you to everyone who attended and gave donations, to all who baked for the event and helped to set up and clean up and all who donated spot prizes. This is a very worthwhile cause and you should be proud of yourself for supporting this charity and the great work they do.


Bluebell Time.

One of my most favourite times of the year is when the bluebells make their appearance especially on Ballyduff Hill. They remind me of my childhood when we would spend our time picking bunches of bluebells for the May altar in school and at home. One of the nicest smells ever is the smell of bluebells the morning after a night of light rain. Take the time over the next few weeks to pick a bunch of bluebells you won’t regret it. Here is a little poem I would like to share with you:

Bells ring beneath a canopy of trees,
Each one echoing a late Spring breeze
The ethereal blue reaches far and wide
Rippling just like the oceans tide
The first signs of Summer tease
Bells ring beneath a canopy of trees
To welcome the season of the sun
The bluebells sing each and every one.
And children dream of a sandy beach
The summer fun is in their reach
Bells ring beneath a canopy of trees
These sunny days a silent reprise
Mystic rhymes to call the fae
In this wooded realm where fairies play
Enchantments brings a gentle care
Bells ring beneath a canopy of trees.

 

Tea Day, La Na gClubana and Cemetery Mass

Special Wishes.

On Saturday May 7th at 11am the boys and girls from 2nd class in Ballyduff N.S will come to Saint Nicholas’s church in Ballyduff to make their First Holy Communion. We hope that they will all have a wonderful day. I know they have put a lot of work into preparing for their big day and that their teacher Mrs.Brennan is very proud of them. We pray that the Lord will send some of his wonderful sunshine on the day and that beautiful memories are made.


Community Alert.

A huge crowd gathered for the final community alert meeting before the Summer break. Everyone at the meeting were delighted to hear the guards say that we are now one of the safest areas to live in. This is largely due to our text alert system which operates in our area.Within minutes of a suspicious sighting or activity everyone signed up to the text alert system has received a text alerting them. This is a wonderful facility to have and helps to put peoples minds at ease too.


Tea Day.

Thursday May 5th is National Alzheimers Day and it is up to all of us to do what we can to support this very worthy cause. Unfortunately Alzheimers can touch every family and we all know how it effects the whole family. It is important therefore that we continue to support the services needed for both the patients and their families.
On Thursday May 5th in Ballyduff Community Centre from 9.30am to 12 noon a coffee/tea morning will take place and all money raised will stay in Waterford. Local lady Niamh Larkin arranges this every year and I don’t know how she manages to but she always gets some of the best bakers in our area to bring homemade buns and cakes. Imagine all we have to do is sit and have a cuppa and a chat and pop a donation in the box to help. Now I dont want to hear that you havent got time to stop for a cuppa or that you are too busy. Life is busy but sometimes we can become all about the clock. Take a little time out, maybe encourage a friend or two to meet you there and come along on Thursday enjoy a cuppa, a little treat or two and a chat and know that you are helping someone who deserves it. See you there!


GAA Lotto

The numbers drawn in the latest lotto draw were 12, 13, 15 and 24 and there was no jackpot winner. The three lucky dip winners of €50 each were John Keating, Carol Kiely and Noel Kavanagh. The next draw will take place on Sunday May 8th and will have a jackpot of €3,200.


GAA Academy.
Ballyduffs’ U-8 fotballers were in action in Carriganore recently where they faced strong opposition coming out well with a defeat to a very strong Gaultier side, a narrow defeat to Ballinacourty and a superb win against Na Gaeil. There were some fantastic performances with each player giving their all to the team. It was great fun to watch these matches and a big thank you to all the supporters who cheered the team on.


La Na gClubana.

All in Ballyduff GAA club would like to invite all the people of the parish and all the surrounding areas to come along and join them for La Na gClubana which takes place on May 8th at 2pm in Kildermody. This is a fun day organised to celebrate the club, the people and the community. There will be lots of fun games for the children as well as a novelty hurling match for the adults. Free entry to all so come and join in the fun.


Bridge News

The results of the bridge game played on April 18th are as follows:
1st: Mary Kennedy and Breda Cowman
2nd:Teresa Phelan and Noreen Tubbritt.
3rd: Joan Whelan and Michael O Donovan.
4th: Kate Hayes and Nano Fitzgerald.


Pearl Anniversary.

We send our heartiest congratulations and best wishes to popular local couple Claudio and Deirdre Giani of Carriganure who celebrated 30 years of wedded bliss recently. A special hello from all their little friends at Jellytots and of course their children Liza, Virginia, Claudio and Ali. Of course nobody would have been able to top the present they received earlier this year when their baby grandson Marco arrived into their lives. We wish this happy couple every happiness in the future and many more wonderful years together.


Cemetery Mass.

A date to mark in your diary is Wednesday July 13th at 7.30pm, that is when our annual cemetery mass will take place in Ballyduff. This is always well attended with many people from outside the area attending as they have friends or relatives buried here. Please spread word of the date to those people you may know. As always we will have some refreshments in the community hall after it where everyone can meet for a chat.

Angelus Time, Tea/Coffee time and Ball drop.

Angelus Time.

At the moment RTE are presenting the Peoples Angelus on Fridays. The series is on its third rotation. On Friday April 29th the Angelus created by Mellina van der valk will be shown. Mellina is the youngest daughter of T.J and Rosemary van der valk in Ballyduff. Mellina is a final year student in Limerick college of art and design. She is studying fine art and specialising in sculpture and multi media. Last week Mellina was involved with the Eva International festival which was held in Limerick. In June she will travel as part of the Tracey Rose team to Art Basel festival which will take place in Switzerland.


GAA Academy.

I am hearing great reports back from some of my little friends about the Ballyduff GAA academy which is now back in full swing and its never too late to join.If any of you boys or girls aged between 4 and 8 are interested then come along to Kildermody any Saturday morning at 10.30am for some healthy excercise and great fun. If you would like to find out more then please contact Brian on 087-2486423 or Rory on 086-6012394.


Tea/Coffee Date

Thursday May 5th is National Alzheimers Tea Day and I know I dont have to tell any of you about what a worthy charity this is. This is an illness which touches a lot of families and while the patient themselves gets plenty of support, the family are often left feeling helpless and scared. So how can we show our support? All we have to do is relax with a cuppa, a treat or two and have a chat. Please come along to Ballyduff Community Centre on Thursday May 5th from 9.30am to 12 noon and support this very worthy cause. There will be a raffle on the day too with some fantastic prizes on offer. When you think about what these people go through every day and all we have to do to help is sit and have a cuppa with a few friends. Meet you there for the chat.


Ball Drop.

Don’t forget that I mentioned to you last week about a fun ball drop that will take place on June 6th in aid of the Ballyduff Community Centre Redevelopment Fund. The plan is to drop 1000 numbered balls down a hill and the first one home will receive €250, second home gets €100 and third home gets €50. Balls cost €2.50 and you can purchase as many as you like.They can be purchased from many different people around the parish including Siobhan Walsh, Isabel O Neill, Linda Spillane. Marie Reade to name just a few.


Notes.

If you would like anything included in these notes then please contact myself Linda Spillane on 087-9838392 or spillanelinda@eircom.net . If your group or organisation are holding an event then this is the way to let people know. If there has been a celebration or achievement in your family then let me know. We all love to read a bit of good news for a change. Please try get your piece to me by a Thursday of each week. All I need is the general details and I will flower it up a bit or as my friends say I have a degree in bullology!!

Talent Galore, GAA Academy and Holy Communion.

A Little Princess.

We send our warmest congratulations to Aisling Kelly formerly of Amberhill and her husband Seamus Prendergast on the birth of their precious little girl Emily. I’m sure big brother Jamie is delighted to welcome his new little sister. We hope this lovely little family enjoy many years of good health and happiness.


GAA Lotto.

There was no winner of the latest GAA lotto draw. The three lucky dip winners of €50 were Breda Aulsberry, Sally Whelan and Kathleen Browne. The next draw will take place on April 24th and there will be a jackpot of €3,050 on offer. Tickets cost just €2 or 3 for €5. Pick your lucky 4 numbers and you could be the lucky one.Tickets will be on sale outside Centra all day on Saturday April 23rd.


Talent Galore.

As you know our local Lourdes fundraising committee like to raise funds each year to send two people to Lourdes as part of the Waterford/Lismore Diocesan Pilgrimage. A local talent show will take place in O Donnachas on Saturday April 23rd in aid of this fund. Music will be provided by Mick Humphries and contestants will compete for the “Jimmy Fox Cup”. Come along and enjoy a night of great talent while supporting a very worthwhile cause.


Date For Your Diary.

The National Alzheimers Tea Day will take place this year on Thursday May 5th. Here in our community we will have a chance to support this very worthy cause by attending a tea/coffee morning in Ballyduff Community Centre on May 5th from 9.30am to 12 noon. This is always a wonderful morning with cakes and buns from some of the finest bakers in the parish on offer and lots of friendly chat and laughs. There is also a raffle with some fantastic prizes to win.
Unfortunately nearly every family is now visited by the cruel disease which is Alzheimers and so we must all do our bit to make sure services remain in place and that vital research is continued. I hope to see you all at the coffee morning for a chat and a cuppa.


GAA Academy

Ballyduffs GAA academy is now back in full swing in Kildermody at 10.30am on Saturday mornings. All boys and girls aged 4 to 8 are welcome to come along and have fun. All coaches are fully qualified and are Garda vetted. If you would like some more information please contact Brian on 087-2486423 or Rory on 086-6012394.


Have A Ball.

Ballyduff Community Centre Redevelopment group have come up with another fun way to raise funds. On Monday June 6th a ball drop will take place. The plan is to sell numbered balls for €2.50 each and then to drop up to 1000 balls down a hill and the owner of the first ball will win €250, the second €100 and third €50. There will be a few people selling these balls so I will give you few different names each week and you will surely know one of them Siobhan Walsh, Isabel O Neill, Linda Spillane, Marie Reade and Mary Power. This should be a great fun event so get your balls.


Bridge News.

The Ballyduff/Portlaw bridge club recently held their Presidents day at Viking Hotel and here are the list of winners:
1st: Nano Fitzgerald and Monica Sullivan.
2nd: Mary Kennedy and Mary Prendergast.
3rd: William Tobin and Mary O Brien.
4th: Anna Harney and Joan Hartery.
5th: John Fitzgerald and Kate Hayes.


Community Alert.

Due to unforeseen circumstances the recently arranged community alert meeting had to be cancelled. It has been rescheduled for Monday April 25th at 8pm in the community centre. Remember to bring along your €5 annual fee for the text alert scheme as this will be the final meeting before the Summer break.


Holy Communion.

Congratulations to the boys and girls of 2nd class who have now finished their Do This In Memory special programme masses in preparation for their big day on Saturday May 7th. It has been lovely watching them over the past few months taking part in the different aspects of the mass and I know their parents are very proud of them and that their First Holy Communion Day is going to be a wonderful and happy event.

Fundraising Night, Lost property and Birthday girls.

Community Alert.

The High Road/Ballyduff Community Alert group will hold their next meeting in the community hall on Monday April 18th at 8pm. This will be the final meeting before the Summer break and so it will be your last chance to pay your annual €5 charge for the text alert scheme. Anyone who hasn’t paid after the meeting will be automatically removed from the text alert.
Attending the meeting will be Chief Superintendent Pat Murphy and Superintendent John Mulligan. All are welcome to attend.


Fundraising Night.

You might notice a lot of nervous, shy looking fellas going around the area this week as they get ready to have themselves waxed or shaved. Ballyduff Lowers players fundraiser wax or shave will take place in The Sweep on Saturday April 16th at 8pm sharp. This promises to be a great night with lots of laughs and a few shouts of agony I’d say. There will be music and food and lots of lovely spot prizes.


Gaelic For Girls.

A shout out to all girls aged 8 to 12 years old who would like to take part a new exciting programme called Gaelic For Girls. Ballyduff were lucky to be picked to take part in this programme which introduces girls to football in a fun environment. The programme will run for 8 weeks at a cost of €8 which includes a t-shirt and a completition certificate at the end. The programme will begin on Saturday April 16th at 10am and if you are interested please contact Karen Dobbyn on 087-68220473.


Lost Property.

During the Easter holidays a drone was found in the Kilmeaden area and the finder is anxious to get it back to its rightful owner. If you think that this may be yours then please contact myself Linda Spillane on 087-9838392 and I will pass your details onto the finder.


Birthday Girls.

Want to take this opportunity to wish some important girls in my family a happy birthday. A big happy birthday to Nicole Archer in Georges Street, Portlaw who celebrated her 21st birthday on April 6th. I’m sure the gang in college in Cork helped her celebrate and I know her mam, John and Sean will have lead the celebrations at home. Meanwhile back at Matthews Cross our little cutie Lily O Sullivan celebrated her very important first birthday on April 8th. I know that between us O ‘ Sullivans and O Neills she may have been a bit spoilt but sure thats what happens when you’re cute. I run the risk of being murdered but I would also like to send birthday wishes to my mother Nancy who celebrated her birthday on April 9th. She wasn’t one or twenty one but did admit to having a bit of vat on 21 !!!!!!

Hurling Academy, Wax and Shave and Your Notes

Tidy Towns.

Our local Tidy Towns Group are doing a fabulous job around our area and it is up to us as individuals to help out whatever way we can. A good way to get involved and get the whole family involved is to go along to the regular litter pick ups which are organised by the group. The next one is arranged for Saturday April 9th from 10am to 1pm. The group will meet at Centra and all helpers will be very welcome.


Hurling Academy.

The future of hurling is certainly looking bright in Ballyduff from the reports I heard back recently from a blitz competition held in Tramore . I hear our Under 7 hurling academy dug in all day and showed great effort against stern opposition from Tramore and Na Gaeil. There were some marvellous goals scored in all the games and most importantly of all great enjoyment was had. The organisers would like to thank all the parents for their great support.


Bridge News.

The results of the bridge game played on March 21st and the winners of some tasty Easter Eggs were as follows:
1st:Kathleen Collins and Patsy Roche.
2nd:Margaret Power and Mary Prendergast
3rd: Genelia Rowley and Ann Kennedy.
4th:Anna Harney and Anna Ryan.

The winners on March 29th were:
1st:Kate Hayes and Sean Hennessy.
2nd: Mary O Brien and Margaret White.
3rd:Geraldine McMahon and Nano Fitzgerald.
4th:Nan Murphy and AnnMarie Brown.


Wax or Shave.

There will be a Ballyduff Lower Players Fundraiser on Saturday April 16th 2016 at 8pm in the Sweep Bar. This night will see some volunteers (and I use that word loosely) getting some waxing or shaving done. Come along and support them and have a laugh or two along the way.


Hall News.

Ballyduff Community Centre Redevelopment Company are now inviting expressions of interest from anyone wishing to tender for the job of reroofing of the old part of the hall. To show your interest please do so by email only by sending your name and details to decfinn@gofree.indigo.ie


Gaelic For Girls

As I have already informed you Ballyduff have been selected to take part in the Gaelic For Girls programme. Aimed at girls aged 8-12 years this programme introduces them to football in a fun and friendly environment. The programme begins on Saturday April 16th from 10am to 11am and costs just €8. At the end of the programme each girl will receive a t-shirt and a certificate. If you are interested or would like some more information please contact Karen Dobbyn on 087-68220473.


Recent Death.

We extend our deepest sympathy to Michael Walsh, Matthews Cross on the recent death of his wife Lyn. We offer our prayers and support to all the Walsh family at this sad time. May she rest in peace.


Church News.

We recently took bookings for anniversary masses for the months of April, May and June but there are still some dates available. If you would like to book a mass for a loved one within these months please contact myself Linda Spillane on 087-9838392 and I will look after it for you.
If there are any of you who would like to read at mass then please contact me Linda too. I have heard many great readers at funerals and anniversary masses lately and we would love to have you on the list. You will not be asked too often as the readings are mostly done by the family of the person on the anniversary


Your Notes.

If you as an individual or a group or organisation would like me to include anything in these parish notes for you then please contact me each week by a Thursday evening. You can get me on 051-399925, 087-9838392 or email me at spillanelinda@eircom.net or as I have said before if you see me out and about give me a shout!!

Gaelic for Girls, Dawn Players and a Beautiful Wedding

Gaelic For Girls.

Ballyduff received the great news recently that they have been selected to take part in a new exciting programme called Gaelic For Girls. This programme is aimed at girls aged 8-12 years old and introduces them to football in a fun environment. The programme runs for 8 weeks and when completed the participants receive a t-shirt and a certificate. The cost is just €8 and begins on Saturday April 16th at 10am until 11am. If you are interested or would like some more information please contact Karen Dobbyn on 087-68220473.


Church News.

Please note that gluten free holy communion is now available at all masses in our church. If you would like to avail of this please inform the sacristan before mass.
Fr.Mick and Fr.Richard would like to say a huge thank you to all who helped out during the Holy Week and Easter ceremonies. This is always a busy time in the churchs’ calendar and so they are very grateful for all the help they receive. They also thank everyone who have returned their Trocaire boxes and if you have not done so please do so as quickly as possible. The sooner the money is counted and sent off, the sooner the good work can begin.


Equestrian Success.

The great love of horses is very evident in our parish and it is wonderful to see two more young ladies from our parish excelling in this sport which they love with a passion.
Emily Laffan recently travelled to Ballen, Co. Carlow to take part in the National Schools hunter trials. She represented her school Saint Declans, Kilmacthomas with her team mates Maud and Percy O Callaghan. They finished the trials in 16th place out of 67 teams who took part. This is a fantastic achievement.
Another local lady Kate Foley has also been given some great news this week. Kate has made her way onto the Irish squad for the Irish Pony Clubs tretatalon team. This is again a fabulous achievement.
While I know that these two ladies put in a lot of hard work and dedication into their sport, I also know that they have very supportitive parents behind them. I congratulate Jim and Lorraine Laffan and Eleanor and Sherlock Foley who have made sure the girls have been given every opportunity possible. I’m sure their reward is to see the love and enjoyment the girls get from what they do.


Dawn Players.

The curtain has now come down on Dawn Players production of “Seperate Beds”. This production was a huge success with great crowds packing in each night. The play was a very funny comedy with lots of laughs from beginning to finish. I must say I thoroughly enjoyed this production and would even say it was one of my favourites. It was indeed excellently cast with each actor/actress suiting their parts completely. A huge well done to all the cast and the huge crew of volunteers who help backstage and front of house etc. Producer Declan Finn and Director Denise Quinn can be hugely proud of this production and we thank all involved for lifting our spirits and giving us such a great night out.


Community Centre News.

Ballyduff Community Centre Redevelopment Company wish to announce that would now like to replace the roof of the old part of the community centre and wish to hear from anyone wishing to express an interest in tendering for this job. Please submit your name and details by email only to Declan Finn on decfinn@gofree.indigo.ie
Many thanks to all the young people who recently attended the Easter disco. Many thanks to D.J supreme John O Shea who kept everyone on the dance floor and thanks also to the Easter Bunny who dropped in for a visit. €564 was raised for the hall.
Thanks also to all who bought raffle tickets at Centra for the beautiful Easter hamper. €626 was raised from this and the lucky winner of the hamper was Philip Hoban.


Beautiful Wedding.

Saint Nicholas’ church, Ballyduff was the scene for a most beautiful wedding recently. Breda Kennedy, Stonehouse only daughter of Martin and Margaret and sister to Jack looked stunningly beautiful as she arrived at her local parish church. The bride beamed brightly as she exchanged vows with the love of her life Cormac O Brien. The celebrant officiating at the ceremony was local man and good friend of the family Fr. John Harris. The reception was held in the Faithlegg House Hotel where I hear a great time was had by all. We wish every happiness to this lovely young couple in their future lives together.

Tidy Towns, Gaelic for Girls & Equestrian Success

Tidy Towns News.

Each community has been given a 1916 remembrance plaque by the County and City Council and the Tidy Towns committee would like to get your opinion about where to place it. Please meet them in the village green after mass this Thursday 24th of March around 8pm and give your opinion. It would be very helpful if they had as many people as possible and representatives from the different clubs and organisations in the community.
The group would also like to extend a warm welcome to our new Tus worker Declan(Decky) Power. I met Decky last week and he was doing a fantastic job. We know he will be a great asset to the area.


Gaelic For Girls.

Ballyduff received the great news recently that they have been selected to take part in a new exciting programme called Gaelic For Girls. This programme is aimed at girls aged 8-12 years old and introduces them to football in a fun environment. The programme runs for 8 weeks and when completed the participants receive a t-shirt and a certificate. The cost for the entire programme is €8 and begins on Saturday April 16th at 10am until 11am. If you are interested or would like more information please contact Karen Dobbyn on 087-68220473.


Church News.

Please take note that gluten free holy communion is now available in our church. If would like to avail of this please inform the sacristan before mass.
As you know Holy Week is a very busy time in the church calendar and so here is a list of the Holy Week and Easter ceremonies.
Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd- mass at 10am.
Holy Thursday 24th- Mass of the Last supper at 7.30pm which includes the washing of the feet. This is an ideal day to bring back your Trocaire box.
Good Friday 25th- Reading of the Passion, veneration of the cross and Holy Communion at 3pm.
Good Friday 25th- Stations of the Cross at 7.30pm. There will be a collection for the upkeep of the holy places of Jerusalem.
Holy Saturday 26th at 9pm- This is the most colourful and joyous occasion for the church which includes the Easter fire, blessing of Easter water, lighting of the new Easter candle and we renew our baptisimal promises.
Easter Sunday 27th- The glorious Easter morning mass at 10am.

The Easter collection for the support of the priests of the parish is taken up over Easter weekend and they appreciate your generosity.
Fr. Mick and Fr. Richard would like to wish you all a happy and holy Easter.


Equestrian Success.

The great love of horses is very evident in our parish and it is wonderful to see two more young ladies from our parish excelling in this sport which they love with a passion.
Emily Laffan recently travelled to Ballen, Co. Carlow to take part in the National Schools hunter trials. She represented Saint Declans, Kilmacthomas with her team mates Maud and Percy O Callaghan. They finished the trials in 16th place out of 67 teams who took part. This is a fantastic achievement.
Another local lady Kate Foley has also been given some great news this week. Kate has made her way onto the Irish squad for the Irish pony club tretatalon team. This is again a fabulous achievement.
While I know these two ladies put in a lot of hard work and dedication into their sport, I also congratulate their parents Jim and Lorraine Laffan and Eleanor and Sherlock Foley who support them fully and have made sure they have had all these opportunities. I’m sure their reward is to see the love and enjoyment the girls get from what they do.


Dawn Players.

The curtain has now come down on Dawn Players production of “Seperate Beds”. This production was a huge success with great crowds packing in each night. The play was a very funny comedy with lots of laughs from beginning to finish. I must say I thoroughly enjoyed this production and would even say it was one of my favourites. It was indeed excellently cast with each actor/actress suiting their character completely. A huge well done to all the cast and the huge crew of volunteers who help backstage and front of house etc. Producer Declan Finn and Director Denise Quinn can be hugely proud of this production and we thank all involved for lifting our spirits and giving us such a great night out.

 

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.