Tadhg Downey, Forge Meadow, Ballon, spent last weekend in Clontarf, Dublin at the Leinster Table Tennis Championships where he was awarded Leinster Champion for the 2011/12 season under-11. The competition is judged on performance over five different Leinster tournaments in the season. The new season kicked off at the weekend and Tadgh came second, so it's looking good for another successful year ahead. Tadgh was a very luck young man earlier this year when his parents brought him to the table tennis event at the London Olympics.
LADIES WIN ANOTHER TITLE
There's no stopping the Ballon ladies football team at present. Just weeks after winning the their third Carlow Junior football 'A' title in a row they added the 11-aside title to their list of successes when defeating St Anne's on Saturday, 29 September by 1-9 to 1-5. They had previously defeated Palatine by 3-12 to 0-2 to reach the decider. Doreen Foley (1-1), Louise Molloy (0-4),Hillary Griffin (0-2) and Katie Brennan and Carol Brady (0-1 each) got on the scoreboard for the winners.
Céad míle fáilte to The Forge, Kilbride, Ballon for a bilingual guided tour of The Hedgerow Way (Slí na Sceach) on Friday next, 12th October at 4.30pm. It is a free event, just come along. This is a fringe event of the Féile an Fhómhair Festival in Carlow.
Rev Lester Scott conducted a Children`s/Family Harvest Thanksgiving at Holy Trinity Church, Ardoyne on Sunday, 30th September. Present at the service were Kelly Mahon and Sophie Byrne who represented the mission and charity organisation Tearfund Ireland and gave an aural and visual presentation of their participation in Tearfund`s recent developmental aid outreach in Cambodia. There was a full church and packed congregation in Ardoyne on the night and the collection of €497 was given in support of the mission work of Tearfund Ireland.
Burrin Celtic's senior team recorded a 21 win over Killeshin FC in the Div. 1 League last week. The Ballon side got off to the perfect start when Padraic George set up Ger O'Neill for an early goal and the same player scored the winner in the second half, this time Donnacha Murphy the provider. Alan Kelly and Darren Moore and Tom Nolan also played well for Burrin.
Work is now well under way on the production of the 2012 edition of the Ballon/Rathoe Chronicle. Anyone wishing to submit an article for inclusion should contact Michael Dawson, Declan Nolan or any member of the committee as soon as possible. The closing date for submission of articles is Wednesday, 31st October. The committee would also be pleased to get old photographs for inclusion as they are always very popular with the magazine's readers. Photographs will be scanned and returned immediately.
A Tea/Coffee Day in aid of Saplings and Autistic Children will be held in Siopa Glas in Ballon on Saturday next, 13th October from 10am until 5pm. There will also be a bric-a-brac and bag sale. Your support would be welcome.
Siopa Glas, in association with Ballon Improvement Group, will hold a Fashion Show in Ballykealey Manor Hotel, on Friday, 9th November at 8pm. More details nearer the event.
A Coffee Morning in aid of Bothar and Crumlin Children's Hospital will be held in Roberts Lounge in Myshall on Friday, 12th October. Please come and support these charities with a cuppa and a chat with friends. There will also be a cake and plant stall, and a raffle.
JAMES MORRIS TOURNAMENT
Many thanks from Ballon GFC to all who sponsored food and music and to all who attended or bought tickets for the club's recent barbecue in Ballykealey Hotel.
The club will wind up its playing season for 2012 on Saturday evening next with the final of the James Morris Tournament against Kilkenny senior side, Railyard. Throw in at 7.45 in Ballon.
After successful three year stints both Fr Brendan Howard and Mrs Eileen Murphy have resigned from their respective positions as chairperson and secretary of the parish council. Ballon's John Gladney has taken over the former while Mrs Mary Hogan Rathrush returns to the position of secretary which she held for some years previously.
A new position of PRO for the council has been taken up by John Kelly Ballon Hill. The council also extends a welcome to its newest recruit Gerry Maher of Killane, Ballon.
A counselling support group to assist people who have been bereaved by a loved one and who often feel lonely and isolated at this difficult time is being formed in the parish of Ballon/Rathoe. Volunteers to the group will receive appropriate training and anyone interested in taking part is asked to contact John Gladney at 087 7521328 or contact any member of the parish council as soon as possible.
BAPTISM SUPPORT GROUP
A similar support group to assist parents through the rite of Baptism and to offer support and information at this time is also being formed in the parish. Again volunteers are needed for this group and are asked to contact any member of the parish council.