Sunday 29 November 2015

Ballon Rathoe Senior Citizens

Published 02/07/2013 | 05:24

The Ballon/Rathoe Senior Citizens outing held on Wednesday 26th June attracted a large number of seniors, 72 in two buses, and by common consent was rated a total success.


The Ballon/Rathoe Senior Citizens outing held on Wednesday 26th June attracted a large number of seniors, 72 in two buses, and by common consent was rated a total success.

The first stop was at the Green Isle Hotel in Clondalkin for soup and sandwiches. Then it was on to Croke Park, probably the reason for the large attendance, and it was well worth the visit. It took two hours to make the tour with very capable tour guides. There was a short film in the theatre which gave a 'behind the scenes guide' of the efforts and co-ordination required to host a big match, followed by a tour of every part, from the players shower rooms to the corporate boxes.

The turf, seen up close, was a masterpiece of grass husbandry. Everyone was impressed and Joe Whelan got the opportunity to sing in the player's lounge area and from the presidents balcony.

Next was the short trip to the Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin which is a real jewel in a crowded suburbia. The weather was so kind and the sun shone down and walking around the Gardens was a real pleasure.

Lastly was the journey to Germaine's in Baltinglass for an evening meal and an impromptu sing along. The food and the service were good and it was a satisfactory ending to a satisfactory day. Full marks to the committee for their efforts. Pictures of the event can be viewed on


Ballon-Rathoe Community Games area improved on their second place in 2012 to win the Hosey Cup for best overall area at the Carlow Community Games Athletics finals in Ardattin on the weekend 23/24 June.

A total of 92 children ranging in age from 5 to16 years represented the area over the weekend. Forty-two of the children collected a total of 58 medals from both individual and relay events. The massive medal haul included 7 gold medals for individuals who will go forward to represent Carlow at the National finals in Athlone in mid-August.

Great credit is due to the children and coaches who worked over the past number of months to prepare for a very enjoyable weekend. In true community spirit all the children taking part were given great encouragement from the large attendance of parents from Ballon-Rathoe.


An American Tea Party in aid of Parochial Funds will be held in Leinster Hills Golf Club on Thursday 25th July. Music will be provided by The Images. A raffle for valuable prizes will be held and there will be spot prizes galore on the night. Contact Katheen Condron on 089 4584613 or Breeda McDonald on 059 9148764 if you wish to host a table. Over the last three years this function has raised over €6,000 for Parish Funds. Please continue to give your support.


A reunion of Tullow Community pupils who attended as first years in 1978 up to leaving certificate in 1983 will be held in the Tara Arms on Friday 16 August at 8.30pm.

For further details please email: or visit Facebook page on groups/tcs83reunion.


Ballon Improvement Group's Summer Nature Camp will be held on 16th, 17th and 18th July at three different locations- Malone's Fruit Farm, Altamont Gardens and Slí na Sceach at The Forge. The Camp is for children from 5 to 12 years and as places are limited early booking is essential. Contact Máire on 087 2424934.


The annual meeting of Ballon Retirement Group will be held in Joe Doyle's Lounge on Wednesday 10th July at 8pm.


Mass will be celebrated in Rathoe Cemetery on Sunday next 7th July at 7.30pm and parishioners are asked to start cleaning up graves in preparation. Please pull weeds around your own plot and graves close by who have no one to attend to them.


Rathoe Community Childcare are now enrolling for their Preschool and Afterschool Club for 2013/2014. Their Preschool follows the Aistear National Curriculum Framework which entails an holistic approach to learning through play for your child. Please contact 059 9148879 for details and enrolment forms.


Bingo in aid of parish funds will continue every Saturday night in Ballon National School Hall at 8.30pm while the Community Centre in being refurbished. There will be a prize fund of around €2,000 each night. There is also a jackpot, currently standing at €3,000, which increases each week if not won. Come along, bring a friend and help boost parish funds.



Split The Pot Winners for 23rd June: 1st Ann Deegan €186, 2nd Neillie & Michael Murphy €20, 3rd Margaret Huff €20. Thank you for your continued support of Ballymurphy Hall. For €2 it could be you.



Congrats to our local athlete Dan Keegan, Clonmore who recently won two more gold medals in running and the high jump at the Kilkenny Special Olympics. Well done Dan.


There was no winner of the parish lotto this week. Numbers drawn were 2-6-18 and the bonus number 11. Winners of €40 each were: Darren Keogh Kilquiggan, Farrell Family Munny, Mary Donoghue Liscolman, Kevin Byrne Shillelagh, Kevin Byrne Shillelagh and John McNally Tobinstown. Next weeks jackpot will be €1100 plus the bonus €2100. Draw takes place during the bingo each Sunday night in Ballyconnell hall which commences at 8.30pm sharp. Be in to win.


Market is held every Saturday at Church lane from 10am to 1pm. Members supply homemade bread, cakes, jams, country butter, free range eggs, honey, plants, fresh vegetables and herbs and home made crafts.


Clonmore Medical Trust will hold their annual Crab Lane walk on Sunday the 25th of August at 2pm. More information can be got from the members of the committee.


Sincere sympathy to Alice and Jimmy Molloy Rath on the recent death of their uncle Pat Fleming Rath who died recently and interred in Clonmore old graveyard. May he rest in peace


Una Meehan has retired as PArish Cathechist and Is no longer as availbale on the telephone number on the parish newsletter.


This will take place in Shillelagh on Saturday 06 and Sunday 07 of July.


Kilquiggan new cemetery Friday July 5th, Aghole Friday 12 and St Mogues Friday 19 July, all at 8pm.


OPENING HOURS: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9.30am to 1.30pm telephone 059 9156890 and speak with Theresa Murphy. You can also email at:



LEIGHLIN GFC LOTTO: The results as follows: No's 2, 7, 18, 20. No winner. Jackpot €9,000. Next week's draw in Rainbow's Lounge Bar.

BALLINABRANNA GFC LOTTO: The results as follows: No's 3, 10, 18, 24, No winner. Jackpot €6,000.

OLD LEIGHLIN GFC LOTTO: The results as follows: No's 15,16, 18, 24. No winner. Jackpot €1,450. Next week's draw in Matty's Lounge Bar.


St. Fintan's Hall Ballinabranna is available for hire for daytime and evening activities & meetings etc. Contact Parish Centre for details.


Leighlin ICA meeting on Thursday, 4th July in Parish Centre. Committee meeting at 7pm and Members 7.30pm.

Cake Sale on Sunday, 30th June after 11am Mass in Parish Centre.


Voting cards for the Scarecrow Competition taking place at the Leighlin Parish Field Day on Sunday, August 4th are available in the Parish Centre after 11am Mass on Sunday and during office hours during the week.


Country & Irish Music Celebration in Ballinabranna Clubhouse on Monday, 8th July honouring the legendary Johnny Barry for 25 years playing Country and Irish music on KCLR. Dancing on the night to Theresa & the Stars with special guests coming to pay tribute to Johnny such as Trudy Lawler, Mick Flavin, Seamus Moore and many more. Doors open at 7.30pm, admission €10 on the door.


Ecumenical Outing to Glasnevin Cemetery & Botanic Gardens on Thursday 18th July. Bus will leave Leighlinbridge Church car park at 10.00am and return around 7.00pm. Cost €20 approx. Names to Parish Centre 9722607


Summer Outing to Johnstown Castle on Wednesday, July 3rd. Cost is €15 for parishioners and €20 for others. Bus will leave Ballinabranna at 9.15am and The Lord Bagenal at 9.30am, returning for dinner at 6pm. Names and money can be left to the Parish Centre any Tuesday between 1pm and 4pm or to any committee member.


Tomard - Friday, 12th July at 7.30pm; Killenane -Friday, 19th July at 7.30pm; Leighlinbridge -Sunday, 4th August at 7pm; Clody - Monday, 2nd September at 7.30pm.


Well done to all the athletes who competed in the community games finals in Ardattin we had a great weekend with 13 athletes qualifying for the national finals. Thanks to everyone who helped out in any way it was very much appreciated. Good luck to the Girls u13 basketball team competing in the Leinster semi finals.


Active Retired will hold its 10th Anniversary Dinner on September, 8th at 1pm. Tickets €7. Non members €12. Tickets available on July 1st.



Numbers drawn 8-16-19-24. No jackpot winner. Match 3 win or share €150; Seamus McGuirk, Ricketstown Promotor :P. McGuirk Promoters Prize €20: Shirley O,Neill Jackpot € 1,400 Winner of 10 voucher for Bruno's-Mary McCall


The Following officers were elected at the AGM held recently- Chairperson:Peg Keogh Ass. Chairperson:Dennis Tierney Secretart:Peggy Faulkner Ass Secretary: Helen Deering Treasurer; Antoinette Kelly Ass Treasurer: Peg Keogh Committee as abouv plus Emmet Doyle, Andy Faulkner, Noel Kennedy, Mary Kennedy. A Six week draw will begin in August.

'Rathvilly Rose' for sale - €10 each - limited stock. Contact Peg Kehoe, Antoinette Kelly or Noel Kennedy.


Draws have now been done for this years competition and will be given out this week. Membership is now due. Adults & over 16's€ 10 . Under 16's €5 Thanks to all those who supported the recent American Tournament for the Patrick Donegan Shield. Congratulations to the winners - Josephine Dunne and Paul Bolger.

Names taken now for Under 16 Tournament. National School competition will be re scheduled shortly.

Parks Tennis will run a summer camp at Rathvilly Tennis Courts from 1st -12th July from 2-4pm in afternoon. Ages 6-17. Great value at €20. Registration for camp will take place at 1.30- 2pm on Monday 1st July at Rathvilly Tennis


Lotto: Numbers drawn 1-8-18-29 No Jackpot winner. Match 3 win or share €150 was: Teresa Keogh Phelim Wood Tullow Anne McNamara c/o Kerry Foods John Nevins Cockoo Corner Rathvilly Louise Byrne 4 Fr Cullen Tce Catherine Deering Patricks Well Rathvilly Promotors Prize €20: Noel Donegan Jackpot €4,100

G.A.A. CUL CAMPS 2013.

There will be a football Kelloggs G.A.A. Cul camp in Rathvilly GAA Club from Monday 15th July to Friday 19th from 10am to 2.30pm daily. All boys and girls from 6 yrs to 13 yrs in Primary Schools may attend. Forms have been distributed in all Primary schools. There are places available on the camp. Go to and follow the summer camp link.

There is a €5 discount voucher on Kelloggs cereal packs to be used with online bookings The camp costs €55 per child with family discounts. This includes the jersey, shorts, socks and backpack for each participant. All coaches are qualified to coach juvenile players and all activities are age appropriate and games based to ensure maximum enjoyment. Special guest county players will visit all camps throughout the county. Book now to avoid disappointment. Further information from Valerie 087 2318312


The U16 resume training after the exam break in preparation for the championship which kicks off on Wed. 3rd July against Fenagh. Date for Diary:- The Club is holding a field day on Sunday 7th July with fun for all the family. Any one with books (no school books or magazines) who may wish to donate them to the club please contact Stephen 0860659119.

Date for Diary:- The Club is holding a field day on Sunday 7th July with fun for all the family. Any one with books (no school books or magazines) who may wish to donate them to the club please contact Stephen 0860659119.


The club has a wide selection of boys and girls tracksuits, jerseys and other gear for sale. Please contact Shirley O'Neill for further details, samples are available on Saturday mornings in the club dressing rooms and make fantastic presents.


Congratulations to Michelle Cullen on winning silver medal in soft ball throw and a gold medel in 25m race at the Leinster Finals in Kilkenny recently. Well done Michelle.

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