A recent raffle held in Kilmeaden Pharmacy in conjunction with Daffodil Day raised a wonderful sum of €130 and the organisers would like to thank all who supported it. The winner of the delicious Easter egg was Mrs. Ellen Prout, Whitfield and we hope she enjoyed her prize.
There was no winner of the latest lotto draw and the numbers drawn were 4, 11, 14 and 28. The three lucky dip winners of €50 each were Don Doyle, Pat Power and Annie Gahan. The next draw will take place on May 3rd in O Donnachas and will have a jackpot of €950.
The Portlaw/Ballyduff Bridge Club meet every Monday night in the meeting rooms in Kilmeaden Village Centre and the results of the game played on April 7th are as follows:
1st: Mary Flynn and Michael O Donovan.
2nd:Kate Hayes and Joan Whelan.
3rd:Margaret Power and John Fitzpatrick.
4th:Nano Fitzgerald and Sean Hennessy.
Presidents Day took place on April 19th and the results were:
1st: Mary Shanahan and Nano Fitzgerald.
2nd: Anna Harney and Margaret White.
3rd: Kate Hayes and Margaret Power.
4th: Mary Cummins and Breda O Donnell.
5th: Geraldine McMahon and Joan Whelan.
6th: Noreen Tubbritt and Nan Murrphy.
7th: Breda Murphy and William Tobin.
8th: Ann Tobin and Margaret Sweeney.
9th: Anne Kennedy and Celia Nugent.
10th: Monica Sullivan and Michael O Donovan.
Community Centre News.
Three of the original board directors of the Ballyduff Hall Redevelopment group have now completed their 3 year term at the helm and have now been replaced by Colette Murphy , Marie Reade and Marc O Neill. We sincerely thank Alistair Shute, Patricia Latham and Carolne Quinn for the time, energy and committment they have given the project since day one, the parish indeed owes them a debt of gratitude. Thank you also to Tony O Leary who has kindly being helping out since the latter part of last year. The full board of directors is asfollows:
Chairperson: Declan Finn.
Secretary: Colette Murphy.
Treasurer: Mary Dunne.
Event Directors: Siobhan Walsh and Marie Reade.
P.R.O: John O Shea.
Maintenance Co-ordinator: Marc O Neill.
If you wish to book the hall for a meeting or an event please call 087-4487648.
Mark Your Diary.
Jot a note in your diary for Thursday May 7th from 9.30am to 12 noon for the annual Alzheimers Coffee morning in Ballyduff Community Centre. This is always a lovely morning and one I look forward to every year. Unfortunately we all know someone who is affected by Alzheimers and so it is important we make sure all the facilities they need are accessible to them . Don’t worry I will remind you all again next week.
On Sunday May 3rd Curraghmore Estate in Portlaw will play host to the Bluebell Festival with the proceeds on the day going between Curraghmore Estate and SERT(South East Radiotherapy Trust).SERT is a voluntary organisation which aims to transport cancer patients requiring radiotherapy as part of their treatment from their homes to the radiotherapy centres in either Cork or Waterford free of charge.
Gates will open at 11am and a fun filled day for all the family is promised. Admission is €10 for adults, OAP/Students €5 and under 12’s are free.There are many attractions on the day including a tour of the gardens including the shell house every hour. Vintage tea on the lawns with the Irish Historian costumes on display. Waterford Hunt will be on display, spinner, kids activities, carousel, amusements, Dog show and birds of prey. In the courtyard many stalls will be set up and there will be musical entertainment throughout the day. Come along there really is something for everyone. For more information log on to their facebook page.
Another date to mark in your diary is our annual graveyard mass which will take place on Wednesday July 15th at 7.30pm. Please spread the word to people in other areas who like to attend this mass.
Stars In Your Eyes.
What a night is all I can say! People are talking non stop about this night. This sell out gig had people beaming from ear to ear all night. We had a lot to live up to following the success of our previous productions of the fashion show and Nollag na mBan and I believe that we once again gave people a well arranged, professionally run event. I must say that I really enjoy working with this group of women on these one off events because it is literally all hands on deck and everyone gives 110%.
The job of sound and lights was left in the hands of the expert duo James and Christine Tubbritt and everyone was left dumbfounded and astounded. Words cannot express our gratitude.
Our choreography and act preparation was handled by the talented Clare Bowman, the girl who never stops smiling and so puts everyone at ease.
The gifted Marc O Neill made sure our stage was in top shape and we also thank the TUS workers Liam and David who had the hall painted in record time.
Our MC on the night John O Shea did a fantastic job as always and Declan Finn gave a fabulous welcome and thank you speech. Our three judges Tony Coffey, Lupita De Bhail and Gerry Walsh for giving their time.John Carey did a brilliant job on individual videos of the acts. Mags Murphy for the wonderful make up.
A huge thank you goes to our 14 acts who put themselves out there and really got into the spirit of the event, some have been spotted still wearing the costumes this week. Our overall winner on the night was Eamonn O Leary who performed as Colm CT Wilkinson.His performance of Bring Him Home received a standing ovation and he was accompanied on stage by Ava Spillane playing the harp.
I believe this night will be remembered for a long time and am delighted to announce that the amount raised was €3255.00 and so on behalf of myself Linda Spillane, Isabel O Neill, Mary Power, Marie Reade, Siobhan Walsh, Martha Fitzgerald, Joan Stephenson and Clare Bowman we would like to thank each and every one of you who supported the event and made it such a success. Whats Next????? Watch This Space!!!!