Sunday 4 October 2015


Published 11/12/2012 | 12:47


The 2012 Edition of the Ballon/Rathoe Chronicle will be launched in Ballykealey Manor Hotel, Ballon on tomorrow (Wednesday) night at 8pm. The launch will be performed by Jimmy O'Toole, author of County Carlow's best-selling book 'The Carlow Gentry'.

The publications committee have, yet again, come up with a bumper edition running to 64 pages in full colour that is brimful of interesting articles and contains several rare and old photographs. The seventeen articles and some eighty photographs are on subjects ranging from history to folklore to current affairs. The colourful front and back covers are once again the work of local photographer and webmaster, Michael Martin.

This year just three new writers, Colette O'Daly, Fiona Dillon and Pat Doyle have submitted articles and they take their place alongside eleven regular contributors.

The magazine is produced by John O'Donovan, Seamus Hogan, Breeda McDonald, Kathleen Fitzgerald, Hope Morris and John Behan with Declan Nolan as assistant editor and Michael Dawson as editor.

The magazine will be on sale at the launch and will be in all local shops and in the neighbouring towns and villages on Thursday 13 December at a cost of €8.

An open invitation is extended to the launch in Ballykealey where refreshments will be served.


Ballon GFC are holding a fund raising Table Quiz in aid of the clubhouse repair fund on Saturday next 15th December in Kavanagh's Lounge commencing at 9pm and is appealing for support in a difficult time for the club. Entry at €10 per person (€40 per team) and prize of €100 cash to winning team. Raffle prizes on the night include a turkey, goose, Christmas cake and bottle of whiskey.

The club wishes to thank all those who offered help with the cleanup after the recent break-in and whose support is greatly appreciated. A particular thanks to Martin Barry, Maple Lawns for his immediate assistance after the break-in was discovered.


There was a full house in Ballon Community Centre on Friday night, 30th November for Burrin Rangers GFC's annual Presentation Night.

Chairman, Michael Kinsella, welcomed the attendance which included Anthony Rainbow (Carlow Senior Football Manager); Marion Doyle and Mary Cody (members of Carlow Senior Camogie Team); Nuala and Niamh Quirke (members of Myshall Camogie Club); Matthew Dowling, Stephen O'Neill, Paul Hickey and Garry Nolan (The Fighting Cocks GFC); Darragh Foley (Kilbride and Carlow Senior Footballer); Danny Lewis (Ballon GFC); Liam Foley (Coiste na nOg, Ceatharlach); Kathleen and Fran Mullins, (Carlow Ladies Football Board); Pat O'Brien (Carlow Camogie Board) and Very Rev. Fr Brendan Howard PP.

The chairman thanked all parents, coaches and committee members for their support over the past year. It was a night of celebrations and presentation of awards with the Clubman of the year Award going to Martin Doyle who, it was stated, is an outstanding clubman and during 2012 took charge of all the administration work of Go Games blitzes, organised the Kinsella Cup tournament and most importantly took over the role as Club School Link with Ballon and Rathoe National Schools where he is doing an excellent job. Add to that he coached the U-10 hurling and football teams. A worthy recipient indeed!

Certificates and medals were presented in all age groups from U6 to U12 in boys football and hurling and likewise to the girls in football and camogie from U6 to U15.

Achievement award winners in each grade were: U14 football, Rory O'Connor; U16 football, Dan O'Connor; minor football, Hugh Nolan; U14 hurling, Jack Ryan; U16 hurling, Colm Barry; U14 girls football, Rebecca Kelly and U14 camogie, Aine Kennedy. The presentations were made by Anthony Rainbow.

There were presentations also to the club's All Ireland medalists, Orla Kenny, Aine Kennedy, Rebecca Kelly, Josh Meaney, Danny O'Neill, Joseph Holden and Seamus English Hayden. A very detailed account of the nights celebrations and presentations as well as a large number of photographs are available by visiting and following the link.


A Christmas Crafts Fair will be held in Ballon Old National School on Thursday and Friday next, 13/14th December from 11am to 5pm each day.

A great selection of gifts will be available so why not come along and browse and buy local this year. Teas and coffees will be available throughout both days. For more information or to book a stand contact Eileen on 059 9159447 or 087 2273516.


Santa will arrive in Ballon on Saturday next, 15th December. He will arrive at Ballykealey Gates at 10am and will cycle into the village. He would love if some folk would meet him there and escort him into the village and there will be surprise presents for all those that do so.

Breakfast with Santa and fun and crafts with the Elves will be held at Siopa Glas on 15th, 16th, 21st, 22nd and 23rd December. Sessions at 10.30am, 11.45am and 2pm and the cost is just €5. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Places are filling fast and all breakfasts with Santa have to be booked in advance. Phone Breda on 087 7820211 or Margaret on 087 1507592 to book. The breakfasts are generously sponsored by Michael McAssey, Butchers and Foodmarket.


Kilbride GFCs annual Christmas fundraiser was launched at a recent meeting of club members. Up to 15 fantastic prizes will be up for grabs in this draw. Tickets will be €2 each or a book of 3 for €5. Tickets are available from officers, players and any committee member. This is a major fundraiser for the club each year and your support would by very much appreciated. The draw will take place in Kelly's, The Whitemills on Friday night 21 December at 10.30 approx.

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