Monday 30 November 2015


Published 15/01/2013 | 11:25

SENIOR CITIZENS PARTY: The annual New Year's party for the senior citizens of Ballon and Rathoe was held in The Seven Oaks Hotel, Carlow on Sunday, 6th January and was attended by over 120 parishioners.

The cake was cut by Mrs Edie Hatton, Bendenstown and Rev Edward Whelan PE. The food was great, the music was great and the craic was ninety and some of the guests including Joe Whelan, Mrs Maggie O'Reilly and the Kirwan School of Dancers performed their party pieces and, as usual, received warm applause.

There was a special guest appearance by Adrian Ryan who is representing County Carlow in Glór Tíre which will be broadcast on TG4 over the coming months. Music for dancing was courtesy of Jackie Byrne. The party was organised by the Evergreen Committee.


Tús, the Community Development Scheme run by Carlow Development Partnership, will, during the coming months proceed with a programme of mapping and recording graves and headstones in Kellistown Graveyard. The burial records of this graveyard were destroyed in the Public Records Office fire in 1922. The work will be overseen by Tús supervisor, Francis Cody. Two personnel, Áine Strahan and Stephen Redmond, will work on the site and gather the information needed for recording. The work of cleaning the graveyard to facilitate this project was funded by the Ballon/Rathoe Chronicle.


Ballon GFC wishes to express their gratitude to everyone who supported the recent table quiz in aid of the clubhouse repair fund following the recent break-in and to all those who donated raffle prizes etc and who helped out on the night. In particular the club wishes to acknowledge generous contributions from The Fighting Cocks GFC, Ballon/Rathoe Athletic Club, the Ballon Parent and Toddler Group and also some generous contributions from individuals both present at the function and from those unable to attend. The total raised for the fund was approximately €1500.

Also many thanks to Linda Redmond and the Ballon Ladies GFC who organised the Fun Run/Walk on New Year's Day which realised €200 and which has also been donated to the repair fund. Also to those who took part in the fun match afterwards.


The AGM of Kilbride GFC will be held in the club house on Friday next, 18th January starting at 8pm to review progress made in 2012 and to set out the clubs plans for 2013.All members are asked to attend and new members are most welcome.

The club would like to thank everyone who supported their Christmas Fundraiser which was an outstanding success. Many thanks to all the sponsors who provided the prizes. Thanks also to all who supported the fun walk/run on St. Stephens Day in Ardattin.


The Fighting Cocks GFC will hold its annual Dinner Dance in the Seven Oaks Hotel on Friday, 8th February. Tickets, costing €25 each, are now on sale from any committee member or from Finbarr O'Connor on 087 27790389. Thanks is extended to all those who supported the club's recent draw.


A wide and varied range of courses will commence in Ballon Old National School in the coming weeks giving people the opportunity to learn new skills. These include

Cooking with Philo starting on Monday, 21st January from 10am to 12 noon. Easy and delicious recipes and useful tips. On Tuesday 29th January a 6-week machine sewing course will commence from 7 to 9pm. This will consist of simple sewing projects according to ability with lots of ideas for future projects.

Classes will be practical, fun and friendly. Numbers are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment. Participants must have their own sewing machine. Patchwork with Tomomi starts on Wednesday, 30th January from 10am to 12noon. Participants will be introduced to the modern method of patchwork making using sewing machines and special tools. Tomomi will also touch on traditional hand sewing.

An Intermediate Digital Photography Course also starts on Wednesday, 30th January from 7 to 9pm and will run for eight weeks.. This course is aimed at those who know the basics and would like to expand their knowledge. For more information on any of the above courses please phone Eileen on 059 9159447 or 087 2273516.


The annual meeting of Burren Rangers will take on Tuesday, 22nd January in Ballon GFC clubhouse at 7.30pm. All committee members, coaches and parents are invited to attend. Burrin Rangers caters for boys and girls football, hurling and camogie in the Ballon/Rathoe and Kilbride area.


Siopa Glas in Ballon would be pleased to accept any unwanted Christmas presents.

The shop has now reopened following the Christmas and New Years break and will be open from Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10am to 5pm with late opening on Thursdays until 7.30pm. All proceeds go towards village enhancements. If you have some time to spare, new volunteers are always needed and welcome in Siopa Glas.

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