Wedded Bliss, Cul Camp and Fun Run/Walk

Bridge News.

The results of the latest bridge game played on Monday July 25th are as follows:

1st: Mary Kennedy and Breda Cowman.
2nd: Nano Fitzgerald and Geraldine McMahon.
3rd: Fr. Michael O Byrne and Patsy Roche.
4th: Margaret Power and Peggy Murphy.


GAA Lotto.

There was no winner of the latest GAA lotto draw and the numbers drawn were 3, 10, 17 and 25. The three lucky dip winners who receive €50 each were Gavin O Rourke, Siobhan Power and Tony Latham.
The next draw will take place on Sunday August 14th in O Donnachas. There will be a fabulous jackpot of €4,250 on offer so get choosing those numbers carefully. Tickets cost just €2 each or 3 for €5. Tickets will be on sale outside Centra all day on Saturday August 13th so pick your lucky four numbers.


Wedded Bliss.

We extend our warmest congratulations to local couple Peter Doyle and Valarie Raher who returned home to tie the knot in their local place last weekend. Peter was beaming as he welcomed the love of his life Valarie who looked simply stunning up the aisle. A fabulous reception was held in The Tower Hotel and the celebrations overflowed to The Sweep in the following days. We wish this happy couple every happiness and success in their future lives together.


Plaque Unveiling.

If you have passed through Ballyduff Village in the past few days you will have noticed the lovely job which has been done on the erecting of our 1916 commemerative plaque by Ballyduff Tidy Towns. Each parish in Waterford was given a plaque with a small amount of funding by the Council with special instructions on how it was to be placed. It really is a beautiful job and great praise must go to those who spent their time and talent doing it. I am not going to name people because I am terrified that I would forget someone.
You are all cordially invited to the official unveiling of the plaque which will take place on Saturday August 13th at 4pm. This promises to be a lovely occasion with poetry, song and speech. Refreshments will be served in the community centre afterwards. It is hoped that we will all join together as a community to witness this unveiling.


Newcastle.

The ruins of Newcastle church and cemetery are situated in the Ardeenlone area and each year a mass is said there in memory of all our ancestors. The annual mass will take place on Monday August 22nd at 7.30pm. In memory of all our ancestors who always walked to mass, a faith walk will leave Ballyduff Church at 6.30pm and head for Newcastle. Those walking will carry with them a 300 year old chalice which will be used during the mass. If the weather is not suitable the mass will be said in Ballyduff church at 7.30pm.


Fun Run/Walk

I met lots of people out during the week clocking up some miles in preparation for the annual Liz Hayes Memorial 5 Mile Fun Run/Walk. The date is set for Friday August 26th with the entry fee set at €10 or €5 for students and juniors. The walkers will leave from Ballyduff Village at 6.15pm with the runners following on at 7pm. The run is chip pin timed with cash prizes on offer. This year there is an extra prize especially for the first local female and male home. There will be lots of spot prizes, tasty refreshments in the hall afterwards and of course our own John O Shea will keep you entertained with some great motivational music. If you would like any more information please consult the facebook page.


Cul Camp.

Well done to all involved with the running of the GAA Cul Camp recently. A big crowd attended and all of them had a great time. They were all thrilled of course to get a visit from Patrick Curran and Tadhg De Burca who brought along the U21 Munster Cup to show them. The club ran a camp for the academy players alongside the cul camp and it was great to see all the future little players having such a great time.

Gods Neighbour, A True Lady and Can You Help

Newcastle Mass.

Our parish was once known as the parish of Newcastle/Portlaw. The remains of the Newcastle church and graveyard are situated in the Ardeenlone area. Each year we hold a special mass in the grounds of Newcastle in memory of all the people who attended there and are buried there. This year that mass takes place on Monday August 22nd at 7.30pm. Our own church in Ballyduff is two and a half miles away and in memory of all our ancestors who always walked to mass there will be a faith walk leaving the church that evening at 6.30pm. The walkers will carry with them a 300 year old chalice which will be used at the Newcastle mass. All are welcome to take part in the faith walk and attend the mass.


5 Mile Run/Walk.

The Liz Hayes 5 Mile Memorial Fun Run/Walk is set this year for Friday August 26th. This event is for everyone whether you are a seasoned runner or someone who likes to go for a stroll. The route takes in the beautiful views around Knockaderry Lake and there is always plenty of fun and banter along the route. The walkers will head off from Ballyduff Village at 6.15pm and the runners will go at 7pm. Entry fee is €10 and €5 for students and juniors. The run is chip pin timed with cash prizes on offer. There will be extra prizes this year for the first local male and female home. We hope this will encourage as many locals as possible to take part. There will be delicious refreshments served afterwards and lots of spot prizes. John O Shea will keep everyone entertained and provide some inspirational music to keep you motivated. All money raised will go the Ballyduff Community Centre Redevelopment Fund.

 


Gods Neighbour.

When I was a little girl I used to think of Mossie Millea as Gods neighbour because he lived beside “Holy Gods House” and I think that I also believed that Mossie was one of those people who would also be around. So we were all heartbroken to hear of his death as we headed for mass on Sunday morning. Mossie was indeed a gentleman, kind, caring and devoted to his family. He devoted much of his life as sacristan of our church and did so with great dedication and devotion. Hail, rain or shine Mossie made sure that the church was in perfect order at all times. He was of course a great family man, devoted to his late wife Angela and their son Paul. He welcomed Pauls wife Helen into their family with open arms and then he trully delighted in his grandchildren Aidan, Aoife, Colm and Keith, an affection he received back 100%.Mossie was a friend to all who met him, loving a chat and treating everyone he met with respect. God could not have had a better neighbour for all these years so I hope he kept one of his most comfy chairs for him . We are comforted by the knowledge that Mossie and Angela are now reunited and together they will take care of their grandaughter Chloe. May this gentle ,kind man rest in peace and may he enjoy the peace of heaven. Ar Dheis De Go Raibh Se.


A True Lady.

Our parish was in mourning also this week following the death of Nellie Walsh nee Foran, The Bakery. Nellie was indeed one of lifes ladies. She was a quiet, unassuming woman who loved her garden. She was a devoted wife to Paddy and he returned that devotion in abundance. They spent the past few years in a nursing home and were happy there together. In an ideal world isn’t this how all marriages should be, acting out those vows everyday. May Nellie now rest in gentle peace and enjoy the peace and tranquility of her heavenly home.


Can You Help?

Following a number of recent funerals people have commented how lovely it was for the family and friends to come straight to the community centre after the funeral for some refreshments, a welcome cuppa and a chat. While the food is booked from caterers etc, it is volunteers who do the rest and it would be wonderful to be able to offer this service to people if needed. I am therefore trying to put a list together of volunteers who may be available to help. Our purpose would be simply to set up the hall, serve the tea and coffee and clean up afterwards. When a funeral would accur I would simply send a text to all the volunteers and then anyone available would cover that funeral and hopefully we would have enough volunteers so that the same people would not need to do it everytime. If you feel you could help from time to time please give your name to myself Linda Spillane or Kathleen Harris.

Wedding Bells, Starstruck and 5 Mile Run

Graveyard Mass.

I know that like me,many of you have relatives and friends buried in Butlerstown graveyard and so I just wanted to inform you that they will hold their annual graveyard mass on Thursday July 28th at 7.30pm. Please God the weather will be kind and the mass can be held outdoors.


Wedding Bells.

We send our warmest wishes and congratulations to local man Mark O Brien who married his beautiful bride Paulina Pieczonka in Krakow, Poland recently. Mark is of course a well known painter and decorator and son of Billy and Alice in Ballyduff Village. Many family and friends travelled to Poland to witness the happy event and I hear that everyone had a wonderful time. We wish the happy couple every happiness in their future lives together.


Bridge News.

The results of the bridge game played on Monday July 18th are as follows;

1st: Mary Kennedy and Breda Cowman.
2nd: Nano Fitzgerald and Kate Hayes.
3rd: Nan Murphy and Patsy Roche.
4th: Margaret White and Anna Marie Brown.
GAA Lotto

The numbers drawn in the latest lotto draw were 3, 5, 11, and 28 and there was no winner of the jackpot. The three lucky dip winners of €50 were Ben O Donnell, Anne Costello and E Verling.
The next draw will take place on July 31st in O Donnachas and will have a jackpot of €4100. Tickets are just €2 each or three for €5 and will be on sale outside Centra all day on Saturday July 30th. Get your tickets and choose those four lucky numbers carefully.


Golf Thanks.

Ballyduff AFC would like to thank everybody who took part in their recent Golf Classic. A full list of their sponsors is available on their facebook page and website.
The club would also like to thank Bobby and Noreen from Centra in Kilmeaden for sponsoring a set of shorts and socks for the First Division. Their generosity is greatly appreciated.


Starstruck

Have you some budding performers on your hands who would like to take to the stage to sing, act and dance. Starstruck Theatre school will begin classes on August 8th in Ballyduff Community Centre.The school is for ages 6 to 18 years and will have 2 terms each year from February to May and August to November. The classes will be broken into different age groups with two classes per week on Mondays and Wednesdays at a cost of €5 per class and an annual fee of €10 for insurance.
To find out more an information and registation evening will be held in Ballyduff Community Centre on Wednesday July 27th at 7pm. All parents and children are welcome to come along and hear what it is all about before making a decision.


Newcastle Date.

Although we are now known as the parish of Balyduff/Portlaw we were once known as the parish of Newcastle/Portlaw. The ruins of the old church and its cemetery remain in the area of Ardeenlone. Former Parish Priest Fr. Matt Power was buried there in 1810, 12 years before Ballyduff church was built. Mark your diary for Monday August 22nd at 7.30pm for the annual Newcastle mass. Ballyduff church is about 2 and a half miles from Newcastle and in memory of all our ancestors who walked to mass we will hold a faith walk leaving from Ballyduff at 6.30pm. The walkers will carry with them a 300 year old chalice which will be used during the mass. If the weather is unsuitable then the mass will be held in Ballyduff Church on the same evening at 7.30pm.


5 Mile Fun Run.

Another date for your diary is Friday August 26th when the annual Liz(Eilis) Hayes Memorial 5 Mile Fun Run will take place. It is hoped this year to get as many locals as possible involved whether running, walking or cheering. Any of you who had the pleasure of knowing Liz Hayes will know that she was a great community woman and came out to support every local event so here is your chance to follow in her footsteps. We have many enthusiastic walkers and runners in our area so I am sure they will be lining up on that starting line. To encourage more local involvement there will be a prize for the first male and female from the area home.
The walk will set off from Ballyduff village at 6.15pm and the runners will go at 7pm. Entry fee is €10 and €5 for students and juniors and all proceeds will go to Ballyduff Communiy Centre. John O Shea will provide musical entertainment during the event and refreshments will be sreved afterwards. The run will be chip pin timed and will have cash prizes and lots of spot prizes on the way. Off you go now and get training!!

Water Safety, Graveyard Mass and a Little Princess

Water Safety.

The Irish Water Safety Association will hold swimming and life saving classes in Boatstrand from Monday July 25th to Saturday July 30th. Registration for these classes will take place in Boatstrand at 10am on Saturday July 23rd.


Graveyard Mass

On Wednesday night July 13th a very large crowd attended our annual graveyard mass. The Lord was very kind to us with the weather and it was lovely to see everyone join together in the evening sunshine to remember their loved ones. Mass was celebrated by Fr.O Byrne and he was joined on the night by Fr. Don Moran home to his native place from England to enjoy his Golden jubilee. Fr.O Byrne made a special appeal to people at the mass to please to please bring home any old flowers or wreaths with them when they are visiting their graves. When they are left dumped in the graveyard it gives the place a very untidy appearance and so he pleaded with people to bring home their own items for dumping. Our local choir sang some beautiful hymns throughout the mass which really enhanced the occasion and we wish them well as they now take a little Summer break.
It was lovely to see so many people come to the community centre for some refreshments after the mass and may I say a personal thank you to all the lovely ladies who helped me out with the setting up, serving and cleaning, I really appreciate your help. A big thank you to all who baked buns, cakes, tarts etc and all those who dropped in biscuits, cakes etc. Your generosity was very much appreciated. As I am always saying we live in a great little community where you ask for help and it just arrives.


GAA Academy.

Ballyduff Lower GAA academy has really gone from strength to strength this year with large numbers enrolled. The academy has been wonderful for children to exercise and learn new skills in a fun and relaxed environment. The academy will take a short little break but will return stronger and better than ever on August 10th. During the break they will introduce their academy all-star awards on the Ballyduff GAA facebook page to acknowledge all the great work the children have put in.


Bridge News.

I have the results of the last couple of bridge games which were played:

July 4th:Summer Party Night.

1st: Peggy Murphy and Nano Fitzgerald.
2nd: Fr.O Byrne and William Tobin.
3rd:Anna Ryan and Catherine Power
4th: Kate Hayes and Patsy Roche.
5th:Mary O Brien and Margaret Power

July 11th:

1st: Patsy Roche and Fr. O Byrne
2nd: Mary Prendrgast and Bertha O Connor.
3rd: Joan Hartery and Geraldine McMahon.
4th: Breda Cowman and Mary Kennedy.


Soccer Camp.

The organisers of the recent Summer Soccer Camp at the Ballyduff AFC grounds would like to say a big thank you to all who participated in and supported the camp. Over 60 children took part over the 5 days and they really enjoyed it. A big thank you to the coaches Karen Kelly, Jack Harrington, John Flynn and Megan Carroll.


A Little Princess.

We welcome another little bundle of joy to Matthews Cross this week. We sincerely congratulate Brian and Shella Kenny on the birth of their daughter Leah Kate Kenny. We are all delighted to hear of her safe arrival and delighted to welcome her to the neighbourhood. Of course she is a very lucky girl to have big sister Ellie at home to help her settle in and teach her the tricks of the trade. We wish this lovely little family the very best of everything in the future.

Tractor Run, Graveyard Mass and A Little Gem

GAA Lotto.

There was no winner of the latest lotto draw and the numbers drawn were 2,3,18 and 23. The three lucky dip winners of €50 each were Mary Power, Rory Smith and Fearne Carey. The next draw will take place on Sunday July 17th in O Donnachas and will have a jackpot of €3,950. Tickets cost just €2 or three for €5 and will be on sale at Centra on Saturday July 16th or from club members.


Tractor Run.

Kilmeaden Vintage Tractor Club will host their annual tractor run on Sunday July 17th. They will leave from Haughtons at 1pm sharp and all are welcome to join in or simply just relax and watch this fine display of machines. This is always a very popular event and one I look forward to each year. All proceeds on the day go to The Solas Centre and you don’t need me to tell you what great work they do. If you would like some more information about this event then please contact Pat Fitzgerald on 087-647266.


Graveyard Mass.

Our annual cemetery mass will take place on Wednesday July 13th at 7.30pm. If the weather is unkind the mass will be said in the church. Many people from other areas have loved ones buried in our graveyard so please spread the word. If you tidying up a grave during the week please remember to bring home your old wreaths and flowers. This all helps to keep our graveyard looking clean and tidy.
Following the mass there will be a few refreshments in the community centre and we hope you will all attend. This is a lovely chance for people to catch up with old friends and new. If any of you would like to donate some cakes or biscuits please contact me Linda Spillane on 087-9838392 or I will be up in the hall from 6.30pm on the evening of the mass.


Celebrations.

Congratulations to local councillor John O Leary who was recently elected Chairperson of the Comeragh District. It was indeed a very proud day for John and for his family. He was accompanied to the Civic Offices by his wife Eileen, his daughter Edwina, his son Brian, his soon to be daughter in law Laura and his two grandchildren Cathal and Chloe. Watching on also with pride on the day were many members of his extended family.
We wish John the very best of luck for his term in office and we know that as a very proud Waterford man he will work hard to fight for the needs of his district.


A Little Gem.

Another new parishioner arrived into the area this week. We send heartfelt congratulations to my brother Neil and Liza on the safe arrival of their beautiful son Harry. We are all thrilled to welcome Harry into the family and were delighted to see him settled safely into his home in Matthews Cross. Of course he will have no trouble in settling in with big sister Lily as his guide. She will no doubt teach him all he needs to know to get mammy and daddy exactly where they want them. Congratulations to grandparents Noel and Nancy O Sullivan and Leonard and Peggy O Neill who we know will be on hand to babysit whenever they are needed. We the O Sullivan and O Neill clans welcome baby Harry into the fold and look forward to watching him grow up with all his cousins.


Cul Camp

It’s that time of year again and the very popular Cul Camp. The Ballyduff Cul Camp will run this year from July 25th to July 29th in Tom Cheasty Park from 10am to 2.30pm daily. The cost of the camp is €55 which includes the camp/kit/bag. To book your place go online to https://www.kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie
The club will also run an academy camp for U6 on the same week from 10am to 12.30pm. The cost for this is €25 or €55 if you would like the kit. If you would like to book a place please contact Jenny Dempsey or Brian Hearne

Schools Out, All Ireland and 100 years

Bridge News.

The results of the latest bridge game are as follows:

1st: Geraldine McMahon and Joan Hartery.
2nd: Patsy Roche and John Fitzpatrick.
3rd: Peggy Murphy and Ann Marie Brown
4th: Pauline Fanning and Ian Granden.


Tractor Run.

The Kilmeaden Vintage Tractor club will host their annual tractor run on Sunday July 17th. They will depart from Haughtons at 1pm sharp and take in the beautiful scenery of our area. If you would like to get some more information on this event then please contact Pat Fitzgerald on 087-1647266. All proceeds on the day go to The Solas Centre.


Cemetery Mass.

The annual graveyard mass in Ballyduff will take place on Wednesday July 13th at 7.30pm and we would ask that you would spread this information to people in neighbouring parishes and beyond who have relatives or friends buried in our graveyard. We make a special plea to you all if you are tidying up your graves then please bring a rubbish bag and bring home any old wreaths or flowers you may have to dispose of. This all helps to keep our graveyard looking clean and tidy and I think that you will all agree that’s what our loved ones deserve.
After the mass we will serve some tea and light refreshments in the community centre. This is a lovely opportunity for people to get together for a chat. If you would like to donate some home baking etc then please contact me Linda Spillane and we would be very grateful.


School’s Out.

Ballyduff NS have now broken up for their annual Summer holidays and we wish all the pupils and staff a very safe and happy Summer. I had the pleasure of attending their final assembly on the day they got their holidays. It was lovely to see pupils receive their medals of participation in hurling, football and basketball. Many students also received full attendance certificates. I was actually disappointed not to receive one myself for being there every day myself but I suppose you have to go further than the carpark. A special framed attendance cert was presented to 6th class student Sean O Rourke who hadn’t missed a day during his 8 years in primary school. What dedication and commitment that takes, traits which will stand to him throughout his life. I know his parents Gavin and Nicola are very proud of him and what a fine example he is showing his sisters Lexi and Ciara and I can say that there are some very proud grandparents too!!


Sacristans Collection.

As you all know by now we have a new church sacristan with a number of months and what a wonderful job she is doing. Ann Nolan who lives in the shadow of the church in Ballyduff Village has taken to the role as a duck to water and to me personally that is no surprise. Ann has a warm and welcoming nature and takes her work very seriously and gives great attention to detail. Speaking to Ann recently she told me that she is really enjoying the role and loves meeting all the different people. We all know that this by no means an easy job, it takes great commitment and there is a lot to remember. We can show our appreciation by contributing to the annual sacristans collection which will be taken up by means of a second collection at the weekend masses on Saturday July 9th and Sunday July 10th. We trust that you will be as generous as possible.


All Ireland.

We have another All Ireland winner in our parish. Billy Flanagan from Amberhill took home the title recently with his All Ireland winning pigeons. I happened to see some of these pigeons in action one day when I came across Billy releasing them for a practice run. I was amazed when he told me about the distances then can travel and then simply arrive home to Amberhill.Of course there is a lot of training and commitment needed to excel in this sport and that hard work reaps the awards. Billy will soon represent his country in the World Championships and we wish him the very best of luck.


GAA Academy

Our local U8 footballers recently hosted a blitz in Tom Cheasty Park competing against four teams. This squad of players once again gave a fantastic evening of entertainment winning two of their games. This is brilliant when you remember that most of the squad are U7 and half of them are U6. Well done to their fan club who cheered them on from the sideline and provided a great atmosphere..Thank you to Chloe and Ross for their assistance with refereeing on the night.


100 years.

Kilmeaden Co-op will celebrate its centenary with a great day of celebrations at Countrylife in Kilmeaden next Friday July 8th. The centenary committee have been working hard to organise this celebration and have been putting together as much information and photgraphs that they could get their hands on and will have them on display. There will be plenty of offers and discounts in store, a free bbq, tea ,sandwiches, bouncy castle and face painting. WLR will broadcast from the store from 12 noon to 3pm. The committee hope to see old customers and new, former workers and colleagues. Come along and help celebrate 100 years of the great institution which was and is the Co-op.

GAA Lotto, Summer Disco and Golf time.

GAA Lotto

There was no winner of the latest lotto draw and the numbers drawn were 12, 13, 21 and 22. The three lucky dip winners of €50 each on the night were Eileen Power, Donal Daly and David Power. The next draw will take place in O Donnachas on Sunday July 3rd. There will be a fantastic jackpot of €3,800 up for grabs so get your ticket early. Tickets cost €2 or three for €5 and will be on sale on Saturday July 2nd at Centra
I would like to wish Kathleen Power a very speedy recovery . Kathleen sends me on the lotto results every fortnight and would you believe she is still sending them from her hospital bed. Now there’s dedication. We hope Kathleen will be back home soon.


AGM.

Ballyduff Soccer Club will hold their AGM on Thursday June 30th at 7.30pm in Ballyduff Community Centre. All are welcome to come along and get involved in their local club.


GAA Academy

The academy U8’s participated recently in a football blitz in Rathgormack. They came up against teams from the county’s senior clubs but the squad were fantastic with one narrow defeat, a draw and an emphatic victory. Each member of the team gave a great all round performance and it was great to see so many parents cheering on from the sideliness .These are a determined little bunch of players and have provided great fun and enjoyment all year and the future is certainly looking positive for the club. Academy training continues on Saturday mornings at 10.30am in the GAA field and all are welcome to join.


Summer Disco.

Ballyduff Community Centre held an end of year disco for our primary school children and a great time was had by all. Local DJ John O Shea was on hand to provide the entertainment and there were some serious dancers out on the floor. The children were delighted to cool off at the end with a free ice cream for everyone.


Soccer Camp.

Ballyduff AFC will host their Summer Soccer Activity Camp from July 4th to July 8th from 10am to 2pm daily. The camp is open to all boys and girls aged 6 to 14 years. To book your place or get some more information please contact Paddy Kirk on 087-2764883.


Golf Time.

Have you picked your team yet? Ballyduff AFC are getting involved in the Waterford Sports Club Golf Classic. This will take place on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th of July in Waterford Golf Club. A team of 4 costs €120 which includes a meal. If you are interested please call Paddy Kirk.


Your Notes.

If you would like to include anything in these notes then please contact me by a Thursday evening of each week. You can get by call or text on 087-9838392 or drop me an email on spillanelinda@eircom.net or indeed just stop me for a chat.

A Precious Boy, Sports Day and School Tours

Bridge News.

The results of the bridge game played on June 13th are as follows:
1st: Michael O Donovan and Nano Fitzgerald.
2nd:Geraldine McMahon and Bertha O Connor.
3rd:Peggy Murphy and Margaret Power.
4th: Mary Prendergast and Mary Cummins.


A Precious Boy.

We send our heartiest congratulations to Eoin and Eileen Mackey on the birth of their second child. They welcomed their son Andrew Mackey safely into the world and he now settles into family life with mammy and daddy and his big sister Alice. We hope this lovely little family enjoy many years of love, happiness and good health.


Gluten Free.

Fr. O Byrne has asked me to remind you that we now offer the option of receiving gluten free communion in Ballyduff at all masses. If you would like to receive this please just knock at the sacristy door before mass and inform the sacristan and she will make sure you are included.


Mass Bookings.

We have now taken the bookings for weekend anniversary masses for the months of July, August and September but if you were away or missed them for some reason please just contact me Linda Spillane on 087-9838392 and I will look after you.


Graveyard Mass.

Our annual graveyard mass in Ballyduff will take place on Wednesday July 13th at 7.30pm. Please spread the word to people you know in other areas who have relatives or friends buried in our graveyard. After the mass there will be a cup of tea and some light refreshments served in the community centre. This is always a lovely chance for people to meet up and have a chat and a catch up. If you fancy providing some home baking or refreshments for this please contact myself Linda Spillane on 087-9838392 and I will put your name down.


Sports Day.

After all the beautiful sunny weather we have had it was a pity that the rain arrived during the annual school sports evening. The children didnt mind of course and a lot of their races were run off before the rain arrived. The novelty races were held the next day in school. Despite the awful weather people were still very generous and supported the barbeque, cake stall, plant stall, raffle, teas and coffee etc and so there was still over €1000 profit made.
The school would like to say a huge thank you to their sponsors, McDonalds, The Book Centre,Centra Kilmeaden, Living Colours Flowers, Kilmeaden Pharmacy, Frank Murphy Hurley Maker, Deirdre Giani face painting, Clem Jacob Hire and Lloyds Pharmacy Clonmel. A big thank you to all who supported the event and last but not least a big thank you to that dedicated bunch of sports who organise the evening each year, this is no easy task and they are to be thanked for their dedication and hard work.


School Tours.

The pupils of Ballyduff NS are being treated to their class school tours at the moment and they are all very lucky indeed to be heading off to exciting places around the country. The staff and pupils are looking forward to getting their school holidays on Tuesday June 28th so lets hope we get some nice Summer weather or there may be a parent or two tearing their hair out!!
As the school breaks up we thank all the staff of the school for their kindness and dedication throughout the year and we wish them all a safe and happy Summer. We wish the very best of luck to our 6th class gentlemen and ladies who will head off to their chosen secondary school in September. We hope that they have fond memories of their days in Ballyduff and will represent us with great pride.


Soccer Camp.

Ballyduff AFC will host their Summer Soccer Activity Camp from July 4th to July 8th from 10am to 2pm daily. This camp is open to boys and girls aged 6 to 14 years. The cost is €45 per child, €35 for the second child and the third child is free. If you would like some more information please contact Paddy Kirk on 087-2764883.


Golf Classic.

Do you fancy a game of golf and a fun day out with friends? Ballyduff AFC have decided to get involved in the Waterford Sports Clubs Golf Classic. This will take place on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th of July in Waterford Golf Club. A team of 4 costs €120 which includes a meal. The maximum golf handicap is Mens 24 and Ladies 36. If you are interested give Paddy Kirk a call.

Coffee Morning, Soccer Camp and Golf Classic

GAA Lotto.

There was no winner of the latest lotto draw and the numbers drawn were 8, 23, 25 and 27. The three lucky dip winners of €50 each were Orla O Conor, Ned Cullinane and Catherine Banks. The next draw will take place on Sunday June 19th in O Donnachas and there will be a fantastic jackpot of €3,650 on offer. Tickets cost just €2 or three for €5 and will be on sale all day Saturday June 18th outside Centra in Kilmeaden.


Mass Bookings.

If you would like to book a weekend annivesary mass for a loved one during the months of July, August and September then you can do so after both weekend masses on Saturday June 18th and Sunday June 19th. As you know there is a high demand for weekend masses and so it is necessary to share dates but if you do not want to share you will need to be present at the bookings to try get the date you want. Please inform the person taking the bookings if you don’t want to share. First anniversary masses and months mind get preference of course and are automatically given a mass on their own so if you have one of these within these months please contact me Linda Spillane before the bookings on 087-9838392 and I will sort the date for you.


Coffee Morning.

You are all invited along to a coffee morning on Saturday June 18th from 10.30am to 12 noon at O Donnachas. Local lady Gerri O Brien is trying to raise funds for her to trip to Uganda with Nurture Africa. Gerri will make this trip to work in the medical centre which is badly needed to save the lives of the poor children. Please drop along for a cuppa and a chat while supporting a great cause.


Birthday Boy

We send big birthday wishes to local Tipp FM DJ Shay Searson in Gortaclode who recently celebrated his half century birthday. I know he celebrated in style with wife Edel, daughter Amber and son Scott and there was lots of delicious cake on offer but we only got to see the photos of it we weren’t offered any. Cake or no cake Shay I still wish you a very happy birthday and hope that all those wishes you made come true although I’ve a funny feeling that life is already just how you like it!!


Ball Drop.

There was great excitement on Bank Holiday Monday as we set up our equipment for the first ever Ballyduff Ball Drop. The venue was Amberhill just below the home of Roger and Sheila Shanahan who we thank for putting up with us crazy people. The sides were all blocked off so no ball could escape and at the bottom of the hill was that all important pipe for the winning balls to go through. Technical experts Jack and Jill were unavailable on the day due to some accident concerning a hill and a bucket so they sent along their top men Dick Walsh, Jimmy Power and Eamonn Reade who made sure everything was just right.
Some of the local children provided the countdown as local man Michael Power released the 1000 coloured balls from the bucket of his digger and the race was on. The scene was like a load of M&M’s running down a hill. Joan Stephenson was waiting at the back of the funnel to catch those first three balls through. The winner receiving €250 was Aoife Kearns from Tigroe, second was Peggy O Shea, Ballyduff Hill who received €100 and third home was Marie O Sullivan(nee Shannon) formerly of Adamstown. What great fun we had in the sun.Thank you very much to everyone who supported this fundraiser for the hall and to all who took the time to sell the lines. Thank you also to Michael Power for taking time out of his busy schedule to operate the digger for us.


Bridge News.

The results of the bridge game played on June 7th were:

1st: Fr. O Byrne and Ann Marie Brown.
2nd:Kate Hayes and Nano Fitzgerald.
3rd: Nan Murphy and Aileen Stephenson.
4th: Margaret Power and John Fitzpatrick.


Soccer Camp.
The school holidays are fast approaching and it’s time to consider Summer camps. Ballyduff AFC will hold their Summer Soccer Activity Camp from July 4th to July 8th from 10am to 2pm each day. The camp is open to boys and girls aged 6 to 14 years and the cost is €45 per child, €35 for second child and free for the third child. To receive more details please contact Paddy Kirk on 087-2764883.


Golf Classic.

Ballyduff AFC realise that there are some rather gifted golfers in our parish and so are getting their club involved in the Waterford Sports Club Golf Classic which will take place at Waterford Golf Club on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th of July. A team of 4 costs €120 which includes a meal. Maximum Golf Handicap is Mens 24 and Ladies 36. 2 to score on every hole, nearest pin 16th and longest drive 18th.

Cemetery Mass, Exam Wishes and the Music Man

Bridge News.
The winners of the last couple of Bridge games were as follows:

23-05-2016
1st: Nano Fitzgerald and Geraldine McMahon.
2nd: John Fitzpatrick and Mary Prendergast.
3rd: Peggy Murphy and Margaret Power.
4th: Eileen Kirwan and Mary Cummins.

30-05-2016
1st:Peggy Murphy and Breda Cowman.
2nd: Kate Hayes and Sean Hennessy.
3rd: Margaret Power and Pauline Fanning.
4th: Nano Fitzgerald and Monica Sullivan.


Sincere Thanks.

The collectors for the IHCPT and Down Syndrome Ireland contacted me about the recent church gate colections they held in Saint Nicholas church in Ballyduff. They would like to thank all who contributed for their generosity and support.


Cemetery Mass.

Our annual graveyard mass in Ballyduff will take place on Wednesday July 13th at 7.30pm. This is always a very well attended event and if you could please help spread the word that it is coming up to people outside the parish who may have relatives or friends buried here.
If you are visiting our graveyard to tidy up your grave or replace flowers etc we would ask that you would please bring a rubbish bag and bring home your dead flowers and plants. All this helps to keep our graveyard neat and tidy.


Co.Op Centenary.

The Kilmeaden Co.Op centenary committee are very busy organising their centenary events. They are issuing an appeal to anyone who may have old photographs or historical information relating to the Co.op to get in contact with Pat Coady or Gabrielle Power in Kilmeaden Co.op.


Exam Wishes.

We wish the very best of luck to all those young people who will sit the Junior Cert and Leaving Cert next week. We hope that they will all be happy and content with the papers and that all their dreams come true.


GAA Academy.

Our U7’s and our U8’s took part in blitz competitions lately and did themselves and their club proud. The U8’s faced tough opposition in Clonea as well as some long grass but they acquitted themselves well in some low scoring games. Our U7’s hosted a blitz in Kildermody and their performance was breathtaking winning 4 of their 6 games topped off with a draw and a narrow loss also. Both these teams are from the same pool of players and are progressing nicely and the enjoyment they are providing should be bottled. A big thanks also to the three young whistlers who kept the proceedings moving. Training continues on Wednesday evenings at 6pm and will soon be held on Saturday mornings at 10.30am also.


The Music Man

We were all plunged into shock last week when we learnt of the sudden death of Michael Harris, formerly of Amberhill. Michael had been living in the Holy Ghost houses for the past few years where he was extremely happy but to all who knew him Amberhill was his home. He spent many happy years there with his wife Mary and their three beloved sons Ger, Kevin and Dermot. Michael worked hard all his life with Roadstone and it can honestly be said that he gave 120% every day he was there. What little spare time he had was spent in his shed tinkering away with tractors and engines and of course the other great love in his life was music. I can honestly say that I have never met a finer mouth organ player, I’d swear he could make it talk. I had the honour of spending many a Sunday over at their house in Amberhill while we would gather to practice for Scor. Practice was planned for an hour but I would always end up staying all evening as a session would break out. Poor Mary or Kathleen next door would end up feeding us before the evening was out. Michael passed on his great love of music to his children and as his son Dermot played the box at the graveside I knew Michaels heart would be bursting with pride. Michael and Mary had to suffer immense sorrow a few years ago when they suffered the loss of their son Kevin who was a very talented dancer, his legs moved so fast they didn’t seem to touch the ground at all.
Eldest son Ger, a gifted hurler spoke during Michaels funeral mass with great dignity, love and passion about his dad and had everyone smiling with stories of his dads escapades. I must congratulate Fr. John Harris who officiated at the funeral mass of his uncle which cannot have been easy but I can imagine how comforting it was to the family.
Michael was indeed a quiet, unassuming optomistic man who w as happy when his family was happy. He was delighted with the arrival of grandchildren and I’m sure they have lots of lovely memories of time spent with grandad. In the hard days ahead I hope the family can draw comfort from these memories. I now picture Michael resting on a cloud playing the mouth organ instructing Kevin to get a group together for one more set dance. Our deepest sympathy to all Michaels immediate family including his brothers and sisters who were a huge part of his life. May he now rest in peace and keep an ear out because that mouth organ was never quiet for long!!

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.