A special bilingual Ghost Tout of Huntington Castle, organised by Ballon Improvement Group together with Glór Bhalana, held on 31st October was a resounding success. The event was supported to capacity and led by Castle tour guide Alex and a PúcaBan/Taibhse Ban who could only speak Irish. Ní raibh aici ach Gaeilge!
The children who attended were fascinated by the history of Huntington Castle and the many special effects throughout the tour made the occasion memorable. As the tour progressed the Ghosts of Huntington emerged from a four poster bed, the yew tree walk and the temple in the dungeon. Such was the terror of the tour that the group had to take time to recover with hot refreshments in the lovely ghost-free tea rooms at Huntington afterwards.
RATHOE GIFT FAIR
The sixth Christmas Gift Fair will be held in Rathoe Hall on Sunday, 25th November. There will be a great selection of Christmas gifts, home baking, eats and much, much more. A raffle in aid of Rathoe NS will take place on the day. For all the details please contact Marian O'Toole on 085 1475807.
The annual meeting of Rathoe National School Parents Association was held on Monday, 15th October. The following were elected - chairperson, Sharon O'Byrne; vice- chairperson, Tom Brophy; secretary, Fiona Hutton; assistant secretary, April Eustace; treasurer, Sinead Brophy; PRO, Sharon Joyce. Committee members-Annmarie Brennan, Jennifer Chapman, Mary Fitzpatrick, Louise Bolger and Paddy O'Gorman.
Any parents that could not attend the meeting and would like to get involved with the parents association are very welcome to attend future meetings. Just contact any member of the committee for dates and times.
LAST CHANCE DEBS
Cuchulainn Rounders Club are hosting a 'Last Chance Fun Debs' on Saturday next, 17th November in Leinster Hills Golf Club. The fun starts at 9pm and music will be by 'Two of a Kind'.
Tickets cost €10 and are available from any committee member or from Barbie's Hair Saloon, Ballon.
Aghade/Ardoyne Parish Committee will hold their annual table quiz in Leinster Hills Golf Club on Friday, 23rd November. Valuable prizes for the winning team of four and runners-up.
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.
SQUASH AND BADMINTON
Rathoe Sports Complex offers great facilities and for those seeking to get fit or maintain fitness over the winter months. The Complex houses two squash courts and a badminton court plus changing rooms, showers and a viewing gallery for spectators. Unlike most other sporting facilities there is no membership fee, you just pay as you play. Play tokens may be bought in O'Connor's Shop/P.O.