Music classes, Panto time and Remembering 1916

Bridge News.

The results of the latest game played by the Ballyduff/Portlaw bridge group are as follows:
1st: Kate Hayes and Sean Hennessy.
2nd: Joan Whelan and Michael O Donovan.
3rd: Peggy Murphy and Margaret Power.
4th: William and Ann Tobin.

Date For The Diary.

I know many of you have very busy social diaries so I am giving you plenty of notice for a fun table quiz because I know that like me you enjoy a good quiz. The High Road/Ballyduff Community Text Alert group will host a fundraising table quiz on Friday February 26th at 9pm sharp in O Donnachas. Quizmaster on the night will be Dermot Molloy and a team of 4 will cost €20. There will be lots of lovely spot prizes on the night. This is the groups’ main fundraiser for the year so please support if you can. Pick your team carefully and you have a nice bit of time now to get them to knuckle down to that studying!!


I am delighted to report that our local Slim-Spiration group is going from strength to strength. Fitter and healthier lifestyles are to be seen everywhere, new friendships have been formed and the group walks are proving to be very popular and successful. As a member myself I cannot praise it enough, not only am I beginning to feel the health benefits but the encouragement and support we all receive from each other is completely priceless. We are very lucky to be receiving lots of nutrition and excercise tips from Jemma Kehoe, Sandra O Keeffe, Jason King and Cian Foley.Continued success to all the members and remember that little changes and taking things step by step is the key to a healthier you.

The Beauty Of Music.

Music as you know brings a lot of happiness to many people and there is nothing nicer than being able to play an instrument. Is this something you have regretted not doing well now is your chance. Music classes for the bodhran, guitar, banjo and mandolin will be given by a WIT music student in Ballyduff Community Centre. These classes are open to both children and adults and will take place whichever evening suits people best. To express your interest please contact 083-1614523.

Panto Time.
Our neighbours in Portlaw are very busy rehearsing for their annual Pantomime. This year they will stage Hansel and Gretel and Hansel will be played by our own local talent Darren Butler of Gortaclode. The Panto will run for 3 nights from Thursday February 4th and a matinee on Sunday 7th. To book your ticket please call 086-0519210. We wish all the cast and crew every success and look forward to seeing the show.

A New Little Man.

We send heartiest congratulations to Kelley Simpson and her partner Ian on the birth of their beautiful baby son Callum. Baby Callum arrived a little earlier than expected but not to worry big brother Bradley is ready to teach him all he needs to know. I know that grandparents Philip and Tina Simpson, Ballyduff West are delighted with his safe arrival and will be looking forward to spending many precious moments with their two grandsons.

Ballyduff Youth Drama.

Ballyduff Youth Drama group are very busy rehearsing for their performance of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” which will take place in Ballyduff Community Centre on Friday February 26th and Saturday February 27th at 8pm and a matinee performance on Sunday 28th at 3pm. Tickets cost just €10 and are available by calling or texting Helen on 087-6493657 or tickets will be on sale from 6pm to 7pm on Mondays 1st, 8th and 15th of February. I happened to be up in the hall a couple of nights while this group were practicing and managed to catch some sneeky looks and may I say you are in for a real treat so get your ticket.

Benefit Night.

You have just read about Ballyduff Youth Dramas group production and as I am sure you all know these productions take money to put on. This group is run by three parents who give their time and talent freely and voluntarily and so the group is reliant on the generosity of the public. They have arranged a fun benefit night to raise funds for their production.” Wax The Boys” will take place on Saturday February 6th at 8pm in The Sweep followed by disco and D.J. This strictly over 18’s event will see some willing guys get some waxing done well I say willing some of them may appear to be tied down but don’t worry they will be fine. Please support this very worthwhile event and help this wonderful group who give children a belief in themselves and builds their confidence.

Remembering 1916

You will hear lots at the moment about the 100th anniversary of 1916 and Fr. Mick decided he would look at the baptismal records to see who was baptised here in Ballyduff in 1916. Take a look at the names and see if any of your relatives are there, I found my grandaunt Kitty Power, Whelansbridge whom many of you will remember from the Post Office for many years.
Thomas Mackey, Ballygarron.
Dennis Murray, Carrigphilip.
John Hennessy, Lisahane.
Thomas Galvin, Ardeenlone.
James Fitzgerald, Kilmeaden.
John Doyle, Lisahane.
Catherine Power, Whelansbridge.
Michael Sheehan, Ballygarron.
Laurance Power, Kilmagemogue.
Johanna Skehan, Carrigadustra.
Mary Fitzgerald Ballyduff East.
Michael Kiely, Fairbrook.
Mary Stephenson, Newtown.
Patrick Tibbs, Tigroe.
Robert Fleming, Blacknock.
Nicholas Cummins, Carriphilip.
Johanna Keane, Ross.
Mary Aulsberry, Kilmeaden.
Ann Brien, Ferrybank.



Bridge News, GAA lotto and Recent Death

Bridge News.

The results of the latest bridge game played by the Ballyduff/Portlaw club are as follows:
1st: Breda Cowman and Mary Kennedy.
2nd: Genelia Rowley and Nan Murphy.
3rd: Anna Ryan and Celia Nugent.
4th: Mary Shanahan and Pauline Fanning.

GAA Lotto.

There was no winner of our local GAA lotto draw and the numbers drawn were 1,2,6 and 8. There were three lucky dip winners of €50 each on the night and they were Jamsie Power, Martin O Leary and Tommy Power. The next draw will take place on January 31st in O Donnachas and will have a jackpot of €2,150. Tickets cost just €2 or 3 for €5 so pick your 4 numbers and maybe you could be the lucky one.

Recent Death.

We send our heartfelt sympathy to Caroline O Donnell, Ballygarron on the recent death of her beloved father, Anthony Hayes, Garranbane, Dungarvan. Anthonys funeral mass was celebrated in Saint Laurences church, Ballinroad and following the mass he was buried in the adjoining cemetery. We pray that he may now rest in peace and that the Lord will help Caroline and her family in their time of grief.


Kilmeadens Slim-Spiration challenge 2016 has really taken off with more people registering and joining this week. We have had great feedback from the members who are really enjoying being part of a group where you receive motivation and encouragement from everyone involved. The group walks are proving very popular and have seen great crowds turning up no matter what the weather. We are very lucky to have secured the services of Jemma Kehoe, Sandra O Keeffe and Jason King for nutrional advice and motivation and excercise advice. We will also be visited in a couple of weeks by Butlerstown man Cian Foley who overcame his own weight and fitness problems and is currently the World Kettlebell champion. His story is fasinating and I know people will enjoy hearing him speak.
Continued good luck to the 80+ members of Slim-Spiration and congratulations on deciding to work at a fitter and healthier lifestyle. Change is not easy but by taking it step by step and making little changes at a time I know we will succeed especially when we are in it together.

Contact Notes.

Don’t forget if you want to get some notices or news to people please contact myself Linda Spillane by Thursday of each week. You can get me on 087-9838392 or and I will delighted to include it in the local notes for you. Talk to you soon.

Nollaig na mBan, Hall news and Slim-Spiration

Recent Death.

We extend our deepest sympathy to William Harrington, Ballyduff Hill on the recent death of his beloved mother, Phil Harrington(nee Cuddihy). Phil resided in Carrigrue, Ballinaneashagh and her death was an unexpected shock for all her family. Her funeral mass took place in St. Pauls church followed by private cremation. I can’t say that I had the pleasure of knowing Phil but anybody I have spoken to have spoken of a real lady who loved her family and loved meeting up with her family and friends. We pray that her family will find comfort in these memories in the days ahead. May she rest in peace.

Bridge News.

The results of the game played on January 11th are as follows:

1st: Margaret Power and Peggy Murphy.
2nd: Joan Hartery and Kathleen Collins.
3rd: Ann Cox and Patsy Roche.
4th: Geraldine McMahon and Nano Fitzgerald.


Nollaig na mBan.

On Saturday January 9th the ladies of our parish gathered in our local parish hall to celebrate the tradition of womens christmas The hall was decorated beautifully and the atmosphere was set straight away as you walked in.Gentlemen from the parish offered the ladies warm glass of mulled wine while they mingled and chatted. We ladies of the parish were then treated to a delicious 3 course dinner prepared and cooked by local chef Eamonn Reade helped by his daughter Shauna. A big well done to all our waiters who did a terrific job and I hear that many of them are still sporting lovely soft hands from all the wash up. The night carried on with some fun party games and then DJ Ricky had us dancing for the night.

This event was once again a huge success and a big thank you must go to our chef Eamonn and all our waiters who really entered into the spirit of things. Thank you also to Ricky O Brien who was our DJ for the night. A very big thank you must go to all the ladies who bought tickets for this event and made it the great success it was. Almost €3,500 was raised for our local community centre.

I had the honour of being involved with the committee who organised this event and may I say it is a pleasure to work on such a passionate and dedicated committee. As you can imagine there is which goes on behind the scenes for a night like this and these ladies just got on with the challenge. Roll on next year!


Kilmeadens weight loss and fitness challenge began on Monday January 11th and we were overwhelmed by the response as we registered 69 people with more to join next week. It was lovely to see so many coming together to engage in a healthier lifestyle. Throughout the 8 week programme will shall benefit from the knowledge of nutrionists, dieticians, excercise experts etc. Group walks are also organised during the week and crowds of between 40 and 50 people have been turning up for those. This is a wonderful example of community coming together to help each other.

Hall News.

I often hear people complaining that they have too many plates,mugs, cutlery etc in the press. If you would like to donate some of these which are of good quality to your local community centre then please contact myself Linda Spillane or Isabel O Neill and we will take them in for you. These will be used for catering for funerals etc.

Engagement news, Golden Couple and Baby Girl

Bridge News.

The Portlaw/ Ballyduff Bridge club have kicked off their 2016 season and the results of their game played on January 4th 2016 are as follows:
1st: Patsy Roche and Kathleen Collins.
2nd: Nano Fitzgerald and Sean Hennessy.
3rd: Maria Kiersey and Beth Spollen.
4th: Aileen Stephenson and Noreen Tubbritt.

Ballyduff GAA Club.

Ballyduff Lower GAA Club will hold a meeting for all adult players in Ballyduff Community Hall on Saturday January 16th at 6.30pm. This meeting is open to all who are interested in playing hurling and football for the club in the coming year. Come along and lend your talent and committment to your local team.

Slim- Spiration

Kilmeadens fun weight loss challenge, Slim-Spiration has now begun but you can still register for this fun group on this Monday January 18th from 6.45pm in Ballyduff Community Centre. This 8 week challenge is ideal for anyone who would like to shift a few pound or get a bit fitter or indeed a bit of both. With the help and motivation we will receive from each other we will have no trouble reaching our goals. The programme which is open to both men and women consists of a weekly weigh in every Monday night which will be down privately by a visitor to our parish. Following the weigh in there will be a short talk from different speakers including dieticians, nutrionists, excercise experts etc. After the talk those who want to can join together for a group walk. There will also be another couple of group walks during the week also. Class cost is €5 per weigh in or you can avail of 8 weeks for the price of 7 which is €35. All proceeds will go to our local hall redevelopment fund. Come and along and join in and let us all help each other.

On The Lookout.

This year Kilmeaden Creamery will celebrate its 100th anniversary and the Kilmeaden advisory centenary committee are currently looking for any old pictures or literature from those times so that they can document the past 100 years. If you have any such information please contact Pat Coady or Gabriel Power at the Countrylife store or any members of the committee.

Back To School.

We welcome all the children and teachers back to school after their Christmas holidays. I know the weather was desperate for the holidays but we are thankful that we were saved from the desperation which other areas suffered from.
We hope that this term is a happy and healthy one for everyone and that each student gives their very best.

Engagement News.

We congratulate local girl Sarah Walsh, Adamstown who has announced her engagement to the love of her life Brian Roche. Sarah is of course deep in rehearsals at the moment for the upcoming production from the Dawn Players Drama Group and so I’m sure when she has that done and dusted she will turn her attention to her next big staring role- The Blushing Bride.

A Baby Girl.

We send our heartiest congratulations to Paul Stephenson and his beautiful wife Edwina on the recent birth of their beautiful baby daughter Elsie. I know grandparents John and Joan and Uncle Ger are absolutely thrilled with the safe arrival as is indeed great granny Aileen Stephenson. We wish them all every happiness and may they treasure all the precious moments.

Golden Couple.

We send very sincere and happy wishes to local couple Michael and Peggy Murphy, Kilmagemogue who recently celebrated 50 years of marriage. It is seldom these days that we hear of such an achievement so we wish Michael and Peggy contiued happiness and good health

Let Me Know!

A lot of groups and clubs have now resumed their activities so why not let people know by contacting me Linda Spillane and I will include the etails in the local parish notes for you. You can contact me on 051-399925, 087-9838392 or drop me an email on spillanelinda@eircom .net.
Why not share your good news also prehaps An engagement, a wedding, a birth etc.

Christmas thanks, Hall news and Slim-Spiration

Mass Bookings.

In recent weeks we took the bookings for the anniversary masses for the weekend masses during January, February and March and there are still some dates available. If you would like to book a mass for a loved one during these months then please give a ring to Linda on 051-399925 or 087-9838392.

Christmas Thanks.

It was lovely to see such big crowds at the Christmas Eve and Day masses. Fr .Mick welcomed everyone especially those who had travelled home for Christmas. He reminded us to be aware of people around us who for one reason or another were not looking forward to the holiday season. Perhaps they were suffering from a sickness, bereavement, loneliness or other problems. He reminded us that sometimes the nicest gift can be a visit, a phonecall, a simple hug.

During the Christmas Eve mass we were treated to a beautiful nativity play by some local children and this trully displayed the true meaning of Christmas. A huge well done to all the children who performed to perfection and to Joan, Christine and Isabel for arranging and directing it all. Thanks also to Christine who led the singing and James and John for providing such excellent music. Well done also to our local choir who performed beautiful carols throughout the masses on Christmas Eve and Day.

During both masses Fr.Mick said a big thank you to everyone who helps in the church every week of the year and without whom the church would not run so smoothly.

GAA Lotto.
There was no winner of the latest lotto draw and the numbers drawn were 3, 4, 12 and 26. There were six lucky dip winners of €50 each and they were Marie Murphy, Martin Murray, Camille O Connor, Gavin O Rourke, Teresa Veale and Michael Murray. The first lotto draw of 2016 will take place on Sunday January 17th and will have a brilliant jackpot of €2000. What a great way to start the New Year.

Hall News.
The committee of the Ballyduff Community Centre would like to thank all who supported their recent raffle. The winners of the two beautiful hampers were Siobhan Power and Caroline Butler. A fantastic amount of €627 was raised and they tank you sincerely.

Nollaig Na mBan.
We are on the countdown now to the much looked forward to Nollaig na mBan event which will take place on January 9th in Ballyduff Community Centre. On entering the hall the ladies will be welcomed with a mulled wine reception. Local chef Eamonn Reade will prepare dinner for the ladies of the parish and then some very fine gentlemen from the parish will serve it up and whats more they will also do the wash up afterwards. During and after dinner there will be some opportunities to win some spot prizes. Following dinner the ladies will take to the dance floor and dance the night away. Tickets are scarce so ring today. Tickets cost just €25 and are available from Marie on 089-4348844.

Slim-Spiration Challenge.

Have you reached that stage after Christmas where you just want rid of all the temptations of cakes, biscuits,treats etc. Do you want to get fit and active for the New Year but need help and motivation. Our local community centre committee will run Kilmeadens Fun Weight Loss Programme for 8 weeks beginning on Monday January 11th at 7pm. Each Monday night there will be a weigh in conducted by someone not from the parish. Following the weigh in there will be a inspirational and motivational talk from an invited guest. A nutrionist will be on hand to give tips and advice. Then you are invited to join the group for a walk, with other walks organised for other days/nights during the week also. The cost per week will be €5 or pay 8 weeks in advance for the price of 7 to give you that extra motivation. All proceeds will go back into your local community centre redevelopment fund. You can come along and register on Monday January 11th at 7pm or you can pre register by contacting one of the following Breda Jones 087-8548536, Mary Power 087-2913267, Linda Spillane 087-9838392 or Rose Smith 087-7762771.This may be just what you have been looking for I know that personally I am looking forward to the support and encouragement I will receive from others. Join us for fun, fitness and fatloss at Kilmeadens Fun Weight Loss Programme Slim-Spiration Challenge 2016.

Quiz success, School Concert and Information wanted.

It is lovely to travel around our area and seeing so many places looking so nice for Christmas. Well don to everyone on their efforts. A big thank you to Sherlock Foley wo donated a beautiful Christmas tree for the village green in Ballyduff and Arthur and Jordan Curry who settled up all the lights on it. Thank you also to Frank Power who put up a beautiful tree at the Kilmeaden Village Centre. It is lovely to see our area lit up.

Nollaig na mBan.

Nollaig na mBan is a chance fot the ladies of the area to sit back and relax while the men prepare, cook and serve dinner and better still they wash up too. Following the meal, you can then dance the night away and there will be some fun games and lots of lovely spot prizes. This was a brilliant night last year with many people sorry to have missed it, so get your tickets early because they are selling fast. Tickets cost €25 and are available from Marie on 089 – 4348844. Nollaig na mBan will take place on January 9th in Ballyduff Community Centre.

Quiz Success.

Congratulations to the management and staff of O’Donnachas who are well known for supporting charity events. I attended two table quizzes there recently. The first was in aid of the Nadine Cance Appeal and second was for the WLR Lions Club Christmas Hamper Appeal. Both were great fun with great crowds showing up. There was a fabulous array of spot prizes for the raffle on both nights. Well done to all who organised both events, they were really enjoyable while raising money for two worthy causes.

Christmas in the Church

A reminder that the Christmas Eve mass will take place at 9 p.m. And will include a beautiful Nativity play performed by some local children. Mass on Christmas Day morning will be at 10 a.m.

The Christmas collection for the support of the priests of the parish will be taken up at both of these masses.

School Concert

We were all treated to a beautiful night of story song and dance as we atteded th annual Christmas concert put on by the pupils of Ballydufff N.S. Pupils from 1st to 6th class put on a show full of joy and hope. Witnessing children like this always brings home the true meaning of Christmas. A huge will don to all the students and of course the teachers and staff who put such tremendous work into these events. We as parents appreciate what they do greatly.

Information Wanted.

Kilmeaden Creamery will celebrate its 100th anniversary next year and celebrations are being organised by th Kilmeaden advisory centenary committee. They are currently seeking help from the public. Do you have any old pictures or literature from those times to document the past 100 years. If you have anything you can contact Pat Coady or Gabriel Power at the Kilmeaden Countrylife store or any of the members of the committee.

Christmas Wishes.

As the writher of your local notes. I Linda Spillane would like to wish each and everyone of you and your families a very happy healthy and safe Christnas. I would also like to thank you all for your contributions to these notes throughout the year and for all your lovely comments. I look forward to continuing this work in 2016 and I hope you will continue to send on news to me. Remember you can contact me on 051- 399925, 087- 9838392 or

Milestone birthdays, Quiz night, Carol service.

Two Young Men.

Two well known young men from our parish have celebrated their 90th birthdays in recent days. First up was John Keating from the Lacka Road who even got a mention from the altar at mass on the Sunday and next up was our newly retired sacristan Mossy Millea who will turn 90 on Wednesday. We wish these two fine gentlemen every best wish on their birthdays and good health and happiness in the coming years.

Bridge News.

Our local bridge club held their Christmas party on Sunday December 6th at the Viking hotel and a great night was had by all. The results of the game played were as follows:

1st: Nano Fitzgerald and Bertha O Connor.
2nd: Anne Kennedy and Anna Harney.
3rd: Peggy Murphy and Mary O Brien
4th: Genelia Rowley and John Fitzpatrick.
5th: Mary Kennedy and Breda Cowman.
6th: Patsy Roche and William Tobin.

Church News.
A reminder that your new pack of yearly collection envelopes are now available at the top of the church on the front seats of the side aisles. Please take yours with you at your earliest convienance.

We all try our hardest to be the best Christians we possibly can be during the year but we are only human and so in spite of our best efforts we sometimes turn our back on God and prayer and our faults and failings creep into our lives. Luckily God is always ready to forgive and during the season of Advent it is important for us to receive forgiveness before the coming of our Lord. This year in our parish the reconciliation servive will take place as part of the usual Sunday morning mass at 10am on Sunday December 20th at 10am.

The Christmas collection for the support of the priests of our parish will be taken up at all the Christmas masses. You can use the envelope in your yearly pack or the special once off envelope which is being delivered to each house in the coming weeks.This money goes into a common fund from which each priest in the diocese is paid a salary.

Tidy Towns.
Our Tidy Towns committee are out spotting houses around the parish displaying some beautiful outdoor Christmas lights so if you would like to nominate your own or a neighbours house please let them know by their facebook page or contact 087-1750370.

Nollaig na mBan.

Last years Nollaig na mBan event was a huge success and this year promises to be the same if not better. If you are thinking of going I advise you to book your ticket early as they are going fast. Tickets cost €25 which includes admission, mulled wine reception, 3 course dinner and entertainment. January 9th is the date and the community hall is the venue. Come along and relax while some fine men from our parish prepare and serve and more importantly wash up. Plenty of spot prizes on the night. To book your ticket please call Marie on 089-4348844.

Quiz Night.

A fun quiz night in aid of the WLR Lions Club Christmas Hamper Appeal will take place on Thursday December 17th at 8.30pm in O Donnachas. Matt Keane will act as quizmaster so get your table of four ready. This is always a great night of fun and laughter so come along and join in.

Carol Service.
On Wednesday December 9th at 7.30pm in Ballyduff Church I feel that the Christmas season started for me. Our local choir put on a carol service with soloist Lupita De Bhail and flautist Ger Dowyer. As we ran from our cars through the wind and the rain and through the doors of the church we were suddenly transported to another world. You immediately forgot about the weather outside or what problems you had that day. The porch was adorned with candles and flowers and this theme carried on into the church. These beautiful flower arrangements were made by choir member and church flower arranger Joan Cheasty. They were absolutely stunning and admired by everyone.

The candle light and flowers made our beautiful church look even more stunning. Our choir sang some beautiful carols with lovely harmonies under the direction of Bridget Jordan and also included a solo piece from members Sandra O Keeffe and Stephaine Power. You could hear a pin drop when soloist Lupita De Bhail performed and Ger Dowyer played the flute with such excellence and grace. Music accompaniment throughout the night was provided by Damien O Brien and John Stephenson. I must say I found the night quiet emotional but so uplifting. It was a wonderful way to spend an evening and I could have sat there happily for another few hours.During the service there was a collection in aid of the redevelopment of our community centre and a fantastic amount of €870.43 was raised for which the committee thank you most sincerely. Another great community event, well done everyone.

Christmas spirit, Launch success, Art classes

Anniversary Masses.
If you would like to book an anniversary mass for a loved one during the months of January, February and March then booking of weekend masses for those months will take place after the weekend masses on December 12th and 13th. As you know there is a big demand for masses and so it necessary to share some dates. If you do not want to share the date then you need to state so at the time of booking. If you have a First Anniversary during these months then you are given a mass to yourself on whatever weekend date you want so therefore it is necessary for you to get in touch before the bookings take place. Please contact Linda Spillane on 051-399925 or 087-9838392 and she will look after you.

Christmas Spirit.
We are now starting to hear all the Christmas songs and music on the radio and that Christmas feeling is starting. What better way to welcome the season of Christmas than to sit back and relax listening to some beautiful Christmas carols being sung by Saint Nicholas’s parish choir. They will perform for us on Wednesday December 9th at 7.30pm in Ballyduff church. During the night we will also be treated to the sounds of the very talented soloist Lupita De Bhail and to gifted musician Ger Dower. During a short interval collection buckets will be passed around and all proceeds will go towards the community centre redevelopment fund.

After the concert you are all invited back to the community centre to enjoy some mulled wine, mince pies and refreshments. Please come along and bring a friend.

Launch Success.
Local author Karen Power is certainly riding on the crest of a wave at the moment. Launching two books within a year takes guts, determination and great family support. A fantastic crowd attended the launch of Karens second novel, “On Butterfly Wings”in The Book Centre, Waterford recently and it was lovely to hear Karen speak about what a wonderful year she has had and to hear the excitement and passion in her voice. We wish Karen continued success and thank her for sharing her talent with us.

Table Quizzes.
The Lions Club Hamper Appeal table quiz had to cancelled last week due to bad weather but O Donnachas have rescheduled with WLR’s Matt Keane for Thursday December 17th.

On Thursday December 10th there will be a table quiz for a very worthy cause, The Nadine Cancer Appeal so come along and enjoy a night of fun and laughter. There will also be a raffle during the night with some great prizes on offer. Teams of four are asked to be in position at 8.30pm.

Foroige Youth Cafe.
The Foroige Youth cafe will hold their registration night on Wednesday December 9th in Ballyduff Comunity Centre from 7pm to 8pm. All 12-16 year olds are welcome to come along and have a look around and a chat with the leaders and see if it what they are looking for.

Recent Egagement
There was great excitement amoung the Senior Infants in Ballyduff N.S last week when their teacher Miss Emma Sprice announced her engagement to Michael Mahony. I’m sure Miss Sprice understands fully that she now has to have all the girls and boys in the class as flowergirls and pageboys!! We wish Emma and Michael every happiness in the future and may they have a long and happy life together.

Our Sympathy.
We extend our sincere sympathy to Mary Sheehan, Coolagadden on the recent death of her mother Mrs.Alice Troy, Ballinure, Cashel. Alice leaves behind two sons and seven daughters but leaves them with wonderful memories which we hope will give them comfort in the coming months. Alice was laid to rest on Thursday last in Our Ladys cemetery, Dualla. May she rest in peace.

Tidy Towns.
A reminder to you all that our local Tidy Towns committee are travelling around the area looking for the best display of Christmas lights. There is a lovely prize on offer for the eventual winner. If you want to draw attention to a particular house why not give it a mention on the Tidy Towns facebook page.

Art Classes.
Liza French(nee Giani) is hoping to start some adult art classes in the community centre in the New Year depending on numbers. If this is something you think you may be interested in then please pledge your interest on her facebook page “Lizas Art Classes”.

Special Guest.
The management and staff at Centra in Kilmeaden have told me that have been given great news of a very special visitor coming to their store on Saturday December 12th between 3pm and 5pm. Santa himself will be dropping in for a chat with some of the children of the area and so ye are all invited to come along.

Congratulations, Quiz nights and Baby Delight

“The Happy Couple”

We send our warmest congratulations to local Ballyduff Village girl Stephaine Power who became engaged recently to the love of her life Ronan Hogan. I was delighted to hear that Ronan had asked permission firstly from Stephaines father which I think is a lovely respectful thing to do. Ronan you can take it that you are up to the grade because I know Michael(Jnr) Power’s daughters are very precious to him and he wouldn’t allow any joe soap marry them. We wish this lovely couple every happiness in the world and may their future be full of good health, laughter and love.

Carol Concert.

Christmas is approaching fast and there is nothing better than a carol service to get you in that Christmas mood. Our recently formed parish choir with soloist Lupita De Bhail will host a carol concert in Ballyduff Church on Wednesday December 9th at 7.30pm. During the interval there will be a collection taken up with all the proceeds going to the community centre redevelopment fund.

After the concert everyone is invited back to the community centre

for some mulled wine, mince pies and refreshments and all are welcome.

Tidy Towns.

Our local Tidy Towns group would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who recently supported their hamper draw. There were three beautiful hampers on offer and everyone wanted tickets. A fantastic amount of €833.20 was raised and they are very grateful. This money will go a long way in their quest to keep our local area clean and tidy . The three lucky winners of the lovely hampers were Pakie Ryan, Maurice Carlin and Nora Larkin.

Bridge News.

The results of the bridge game played on November 23rd are as follows:

1st: Ann Cox and Kathleen Collins.
2nd: Margaret Power and Peggy Murphy.
3rd: Genelia Rowley and Patsy Roche
4th: Anna Harney and Geraldine McMahon.

AGM Notice.

Ballyduff GAA club will host their AGM on Sunday December 6th at 3pm in Ballyduff community centre. If you are interested in getting involved with your local club please come along as all are welcome.

Quiz Nights.
There are two great quiz nights lined up in O Donnachas this December.

Kicking off on December 3rd at 8.30pm Matt Keane will dish out the questions for the WLR Lions club Christmas hamper appeal. Teams of 4 are invited to take part for just €5 per person.

Thursday December 10th another fun table quiz will take place in aid of Nadines Cancer Battle. Teams of four can come along for €5per person. There will be lots of spot prizes on offer on both nights. Please come along and join in the fun for these two great causes.

Baby Delight.

We send huge congratulations to local lad Eoin Fitzgerald and his partner Irene Carroll on the safe arrival of their beautiful baby daughter Caoimhe recently. I have it on good authority from first time grandparents John and Martha Fitzgerald that she happens to be the most beautiful baby ever. Congratulations to this lovely little family and we wish them every happiness.

Mass for the Dead, Tidy towns news and Carol Concert

Bridge News.

The Ballyduff/Portlaw Bridge club meet every Monday night in the meeting room at the Kilmeaden Village Centre and the results of the game played on November 16th are as follows:

1st: Mary O Brien and Joan Hartery.
2nd: Breda Cowman and Mary Kennedy.
3rd: Ann and William Tobin.
4th: Kathleen Collins and Genelia Rowley.

GAA Lotto.

The numbers drawn in the GAA lotto draw were 3,6,19 and 21 and there was no winner of the jackpot. The three names pulled out in the lucky dip draw were Christine Murphy, Greta Foley and Megan Elliot so lady luck was certainly shining. The next draw will take place on November 29th in O Donnachas and will have a fantastic jackpot of €1,700. What a lovely prize that would be to win before Christmas. Tickets cost just €2 or 3 tickets for €5. Pick those four numbers carefully.

Homework Club.

A reminder to all our secondary students that homework club takes place every Wednesday afternoon from 4pm to 6pm in Ballyduff Community Centre. This is a perfect opportunity for young people to do their homework or to study in a quiet, relaxing environment. Help is available from teachers present also if needed. Study time costs just €5 so come along and join in.

Tidy Towns.

I announced to you last week that our local Tidy Towns Group are planning to run a Christmas lights display competition this year. They will travel around looking at peoples outdoor displays and the winners will receive beautiful hampers. Ever since I announced this I have seen people out with measuring tapes, fitting outside adaptors, sketching drawings of proposed displays and I have even had people try to bribe me even though I have told them I am not a judge just a messenger so I am sorry I cannot accept the holiday to New York or the new car. If you would like to nominate yoursef or a friend or neighbours house then please text the details to 087-1750370.

Mass For The Dead.

It is hard to believe that we are already at the end of November and that this Wednesday 25th at 7,30pm is the last of our November masses for the dead. This mass is offered especially for those who have died in the past 12 months. During the mass the list of names will be read out and a family member will come forward and they will be presented with a candle from the priest in memory of their loved one. The names of those who died within the parish will automatically be in the book but if you had a family member or friend who died elsewhere during the year but you would like to have them included then please contact Martha Fitzgerald 086-1216882 or Linda Spillane 087-9838392 before Wednesday night.

Book Launch.

Since the launch of her first book “Butterfly Barn” last year local author Karen Power has been hounded by people to know when the next one will be ready. Well the good news is that her second book “On Butterfly Wings” will be launched on Friday November 27th at 7pm in the Book Centre, Waterford. This will be another very proud day for Karen who has put her heart and soul into this book and now releases it to the eyes and hearts of others. As a very proud parish Karen we wish you, Michael, Aisling and Eoghan every happiness and success.

Quiz Nights.

The date of a quiz night which I told you about last night has had to be changed and so this week I bring you news of not one great quiz night but two. I know that both these nights will be very successful because quiz nights are very popular in these parts and we also happen to have some of the brainiest people in the world living in our area. Choose your members carefully.

On Thursday December 3rd Matt Keane will ask the questions in a table quiz in aid of the WLR Lions Club Christmas Hamper Appeal. These hampers at Christmas give many people in Waterford hope and light at Christmas.

Thursday December 10th will see those thinking caps back on as the tables go head to head again this time to help a little girl named Nadine who fights desperately to win a battle against cancer. We can help this little girl by answering a few questions.

Both these quiz nights will be hosted by the staff and management of O Donnachas who are always first in line to help a good cause. Teams of four can enter so choose carefully and just think if they dont step up to the mark for the first one then you can swap them for the second one. See you in O Donnachas on December 3rd and 10th at 8.30pm, I’ll be the one sitting on the encyclopedia britanica!

Date For The Diary.

Last year the Nollaig na mBan was a huge success with a scramble for tickets. This years date has now been set for January 9th and tickets will cost €25. This night last year was spoken about for many weeks later. The committee who work on setting this up give great attention to detail and everything is done to perfection. From start to finish this night is full of fun and laughter. Dinner is cooked and served by some fine men from our parish and then the ladies dance the night away. There are plenty of spot prizes and fun activities along the way too. If you would like to book your ticket then please call Marie on 089-4348844.

Carol Concert

Our local choir under the direction of Bridget Jordan will host their first carol concert featuring soloist Lupita De Bhail on Wednesday December 9th at 7.30pm in Ballyduff Church. A collection will be taken up at the interval and all proceeds will go towards The Ballyduff Community Centre building fund. Following the concert you are invited to the community centre for some mulled wine, mince pies. All are welcome to come along.

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.