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.

Sunday viewing, Charity quiz and On Butterfly Wings

Bridge News.

The local Portlaw/Ballyduff bridge club met on Monday November 9th for their weekly bridge game and the results were as follows:

1st:Nano Fitzgerald and Geraldine McMahon.
2nd:Bertha O Connor and Mary Prendergast.
3rd:Anna Harney and Sean Hennessy.
4th:Margaret Power and Peggy Murphy.

November Masses.

It is lovely to see such a good attendance at the special Wednesday night masses for the dead during the month of November. It is hard to believe that we are already approaching the third one, the month is really flying by. The final mass on Wednesday November 25th will be offered especially for all those who died during the past 12 months. The people who were buried in our local cemetery will automatically be included in this list of names but we are also aware that many of you may have had a friend or relative who died outside the parish and you may wish to have their name included for this mass. If you would like to do this please contact Martha Fitzgerald on 086-1216882 or Linda Spillane on 087-9838392.

GAA Lotto
The results of the latest lotto draw which took place on November 1st and there was no jackpot winner. The numbers drawn were 8,9,11and 15. The three lucky dip winners of €50 each were Frank Heffernan, Paul Stephenson and Dave Roche. The next draw will take place on November 15th and will have a very nice jackpot of €1,550. This would be a nice little win just before Christmas so don’t forget to get your ticket.

The GAA club would like to congratulate to the four local lads who completed the coaching introduction course in Saint Declans, Kilmacthomas recently. Colm Kennedy, Colin O Brien, Jake Halley and Alex Foley have a great interest in all aspects of the game and will be great assets to the coaching scene.

Sunday Viewing.
I hope you will all tune in to RTE 1 at 6.30pm on Sunday evenings to see the Devine family take part in Irelands Fittest Family. Mary and her three sons Tom, Mick and John have certainly shown their determination already and we can look forward to alot more of that. Tune in and cheer them on.

Homework Club.
A reminder to all our secondary school students that if you would like to do your homework or study in a peaceful and relaxed environment then come along to Ballyduff Community Centre on Wednesday evenings from 4pm to 6pm and avail of the homework club for just €5. Often there can be many distractions at home or it may be hard to find a quiet spot to concentrate so homework club offers the perfect solution and help is also on hand from trained professionals if necessary.

Charity Quiz.

It’s time to shake the cobwebs off the brain and polish up that thinking cap. O Donnachas will host a table quiz on Thursday November 26th at 8.30pm in aid of the WLR Lions Club Christmas Hamper Appeal. This is always a fun night so pick your team carefully and get studying.

Tidy Towns News.
Our tidy towns group have come up with a great idea to get us all in the festive mood. They have some beautiful hampers to give away and so will run a competition in the coming weeks to see who has the best Christmas light display on their property. Members of the group will drive around the area looking at displays and if you would like to draw their attention to yours or a neighbours display please contact 087-1750370.

On Butterfly Wings.

Following the huge success of her first novel “Butterfly Barn ” local author Karen Power is ready to let go of her next book and would like to invite you all to The Book Centre on Friday November 27th at 7pm for the launch of her second novel “On Butterfly Wings” . We wish Karen every success with this second novel and we look forward to loosing ourselves in this book as we did with the first.

End of an Era and Swimming Success

End Of An Era.

At the 7.30pm mass on October 31st we witnessed the end of an era as we marked the retirement of our much loved sacristan Mossie Millea. Mossie and his family have given many, many years of dedicated service to our parish and he is looked on with great respect. The work of the sacristan is not to simply open and close the church there is a lot more to it than that and Mossie always carried out these duties to perfection. He always greeted you with a smile and a chat if you came knocking looking for keys to open up for cleaning etc. Chairman of the Parish Council John Stephenson presented Mossie with a token from the parish and also made a presentation to his son Paul who has helped his father in recent years.

After the mass it was so nice to see so many parishioners come to the parish hall to join Mossie and his family for some refreshments. Mossie was visibly moved by the amount of people and enjoyed chatting with them all. Tasty sandwiches, buns, tarts and cakes were prepared and served up by some of the ladies of the parish and everyone agreed they did a wonderful job. Community spirit is what binds a parish together and Mossie has shown his community spirit in abundance. We wish Mossie continued good health and enjoyment surrounded by all who love him especially his son Paul, daughter in law Helen and his grandchildren Aidan, Colm, Aoife and Keith whom I know adore him. Thank you Mossie.

Toddlers Mass.

It was lovely to see so many young toddlers and babies at mass on Sunday November 1st. They had been invited along especially by Fr. Mick to receive a special blessing from him and I know he was delighted to see so many of them there. Special thanks must go to our young people who took over the job of the readings for the day. Ava and Faye read the readings clearly and beautifully while Adam and Lana read out those prayers of the faithful precisely and accurately.. Our parish choir also added beautifully to the occasion with some of the toddlers joining in with them.

Dublin Marathon.

I know a few from our own area and surrounding areas headed off to take part in the Dublin City Marathon on the Bank Holiday Monday and we must say a huge well done to them all. I heard about one family’s adventure from my good friends the McGraths in Ballygarron. They told me about their neighbours John Guiry who ran it in a time of 3 hours and 15 minutes and this was his 30th marathon, his girlfriend walked it in 6 hours. John’s brother Keiran ran it in 3 hours 16 minutes and this was his 10th marathon. I am also aware that their near neighbour up there in Ardeenlone also ran the marathon. We all know that Sharon Flynn is a little powerhouse of strength and stamina and we say well done to her aswell. I think there is something going on up that way, the McGraths are breeding marathon runners galore up there! What is their secret?? Is there special powers coming from that cross up at Newcastle or is there something in the water up there?? I’m beginning to get suspicious!!

Bridge News.

The results of the recent bridge game played by Ballyduff/Portlaw Bridge club are as follows:

1st: Joan Hartery and Geraldine McMahon.
2nd: Breda Murphy and Nano Fitzgerald.
3rd: Patsy Roche and Kathleen Collins.
4th: Joan Whelan and Kate Hayes and
Anna Harney and Katherine Power

November Dead List.

The special masses for all our dead relatives and friends will continue for each Wednesday night of November at 7.30pm. November is a month that we offer some extra prayers for all our dead including those who have no longer anyone left to pray for them. You can include an offering in the envelope in your yearly pack and pop it into the box at the front of the altar. The last Wednesday night mass in November is offered especially for those who have died in the past 12 months. Those who were buried in our own cemetery are automatically included but if you had a relative or friend who died in another area and you would like to have them included please contact one of the following with the name. You can contact Martha Fitzgerald on 086-1216882 or Linda Spillane on 087-9838392.

Swim Success.

The children from Ballyduff N.S headed off this week to the first of their yearly swimming lessons and you wonder with all the different levels of swimming abilities that they have will one of them end up a famous swimmer.

Let me tell you the story of one such little girl who many years ago started off her love story with swimming by heading off on that bus from Ballyduff N.S and now continues to break records all over the world. Local lady Shauna O Brien from Gortaclode in Kilmeaden is back in the news again having broken three Irish senior records which she held at the Manchester International meet recently. In the 50m fly heats she set a time of 26.98 seconds and bettered that record again in the final with a time of 26.76 seconds. In the 100m fly she set a new Irish record time of 59.10 seconds finishing in second place. Shaunas’ next big meet is the European Short Course where she has been selected to represent Ireland. That meet will take place in Israel in early December and we wish Shauna the very best of luck for that and we will be following her story with great interest.


Clothes collection, Disco Fever and Keep an eye out.

Bridge News.

The results of the latest bridge game played by Ballyduff/ Portlaw Bridge Club are as follows:

1st: Sean Hennessey and Kate Hayes.
2nd; Bertha Connors and Catherine Power.
3rd: Peggy Murphy and Joan Hartery.
4th: Ann Marie Brown and Mary Prendergast.

Clothes Collection.

Have you spent the mid term giving the wardrobes and hot presses a good clear out and are now wondering where you shall bring all the unwanted items. Ballyduff Soccer Club are holding a clothes collection from November 2nd to November 6th and unwanted reusable clothes, bed linen, towels, curtains, shoes, bags, belts and soft toys can be dropped off at the grounds on any of those dates from 6pm to 8pm. This fundraiser is for the girls team who have entered the girls league this year. If you require more information or need to drop off at a different time please contact Anthony on 086-3312666

November Masses .

We always remember and think of all our dearly departed relatives and friends but November has always been the month when we remember them in a special way. We like to offer masses for our dead during November but it would be impossible to hold individual masses for them all. Therefore here in this parish we come together every Wednesday night at 7.30pm during the month of November and we offer a mass for all our faithful departed. To include your loved one in these masses simply place a mass offering in the box which will be at the front of the altar and your loved one will be included.

Please keep in mind that the final Wednesday mass on November 25th will be offered especially for anyone who has died in the past 12 months. Those who were buried here are automatically included but if you have a relative or friend who died in another area you are very welcome to have them included also. Just give their name to Fr.Mick or you can let me Linda Spillane know.

Homework Club.

A reminder to all our secondary school students that homework club is back after the mid term with a new time slot. For just €5 you can come along on Wednesday evenings from 4pm to 6pm and do your homework or study in a quiet comfortable surrounding with teachers on hand to help if necessary.

Disco Fever.

Congratulations to Ballyduff Community Centre who put on a brilliant Halloween disco for the primary school children. There were some very scary looking costumes on show with an odd princess or fairy thrown in for good measure. Local D.J the great John O Shea had them dancing in the aisles with his great mix of present hits with a Halloween favourite or two popping up too. The children had a great time and it really got their mid term off to a flying start.

Keep A Lookout.

As we wake to dark mornings and arrive home from work in dark evenings we are reminded that the Winter nights are on there way. Fires are being lit, fuel is being stocked up so I ask you all to keep an eye out for people in your area who perhaps live alone or find it hard to get out and about. The dark Winter nights can be very lonely and hard for some people. Perhaps you could drop in for a chat, offer to take them out for a pint or a game of cards, or bring them to mass or for some shopping. The best present you can give some people is your presence. Growing up my mother always taught us that it costs nothing to be nice and she was right and as an added bonus you receive niceness back.


A reminder that if you or your club or group want people to know about what you have going on then I’ve heard that a few of them read these notes. So if you have something you want to share then please contact me Linda Spillane on 051-399925, 087-9838392 or drop me an email on or as I have said before drop in for a cuppa, shout at me on the road, I don’t mind and I never pass up the opportunity of a chat.


Clothes collection, Mossies Retirement and November masses

Bridge News.

The results from the latest bridge game played on October 19th are as follows:

1st:Mary O Brien and Kathleen Collins
2nd Peggy Murphy and Patsy Roche.
3rd:Catherine Power and Bertha Connors.
4th:Anna Ryan and Anna Harney.

Autumn Stations.

I cannot believe that I am already talking about the last of the station masses. The mass for Amberhill and Raheen will be on Friday October 30th at 8pm in the home of Kathleen and Ollie Harris. Fr. Mick would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who hosted a station mass and to all who attended .It is a lovely custom that we still have in our parish and hopefully will continue for many more years to come.

Homework Club.

Our local homework club for secondary school students have taken a break for the Mid term break. They will return after the Mid term with a new time slot. On Wednesdays from 4pm to 6pm students can avail of a nice quiet relaxing environment to do their homework or study for exams. For just €5 they can get down to their work and also have the added advantage of having education professionals also on hand to lend a hand if needed.

Clothes Collection.

From the 2nd to the 6th of November Ballyduff Soccer Club will hold a clothes collection in aid of the new girls teams who have entered the league this year.  Donations of clean unwanted reusable clothes, bed linen, towels, curtains, shoes, bags, belts and soft toys can be dropped to the club grounds any of the above mentioned nights between 6pm and 8pm.  If you have items but need to drop them at a different time please call Anthony on 086-3312666.


Mossies Retirement.

As I told you last week our hardworking and dedicated sacristan Mossie Millea has now retired and to mark the occasion a special presentation will be made to Mossie during the 7.30pm mass on Saturday October 31st. After the mass everyone is invited to the community hall to join Mossie for a cuppa and a chat. I know Mossie is really looking forward to meeting his many friends there so please come along and show him your support.

Weekend Masses.

A reminder that at mass on Sunday November 1st at 10am, there will be a special blessing for all babies and toddlers. They are an important part of our parish future and it is hoped to see as many as possible there.

Monday November 2nd is the Feast of all Souls and so there will be two masses to accomodate everyone who would like to go. There will be a morning mass at 10am and an evening mass at 7.30pm.

November Masses

As you know November is a month when we remember all our dead in a special way. People like to have masses said for their loved ones during that month but it would be impossible to have individual masses for them all. Here in our parish we come together every Wednesday night in November and have a special mass at 7.30pm for all our dead. To include your loved ones in these masses you just drop a mass offering into the box which will be situated at the front of the altar. On the final Wednesday in November that mass will be offered for all who have passed away in the past 12 months. Those who were buried in our cemetery will automatically included but if have a relative or friend who died outside the parish then you can include their name by giving it to Fr. Mick or you can tell me Linda Spillane. I will tell you more about that mass as time goes on.

New Time Slot.

I know that many of you like to tune into WLR on a Sunday night from 9pm to 12pm to listen to the country show hosted by our own local boy John O Shea. I have some great news for you all, from next week you can also tune in from Monday to Thursday nights from 10pm to 12pm and listen to John on his brand new show of easy listening music . You can relax in bed or maybe a bubble bath or sit with a good book, John really doesn’t mind where you listen to him. We wish John the very best of luck in his new show and of course his very popular show on Sunday nights. I know John puts a lot of time and effort into his shows and so I am delighted he now as more air time to entertain his fans.


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.