Ballon's Gathering event

Published 28/05/2013 | 05:24

Ballon's Gathering Event gets under way on Friday, 31st May with a first ever


Ballon's Gathering Event gets under way on Friday, 31st May with a first ever

Night of Song and Story at Ballon GAA Clubhouse. All are invited and admission is free. Bring along your tin whistle, bodhrán, accordion, mouth organ, banjo or pair of spoons if you wish, or just come along to enjoy the yarns and the craic.

Day two of this weekend event sees a Children's Fancy Dress Competition and Disco in Ballykealey Hotel on Saturday, 1st June at 7pm sharp. There will be lots of categories and prizes galore for children up to 14 years.

The big event of the weekend will be the Barbeque, also at Ballykealey Hotel on Saturday. This kicks off at 9.30pm and there will be a live band, The Shakers, for dancing. There will also be special guest appearances by Alison Kennedy and Joe Whelan. And if all that is not enough a disco will get under way from 12.30am until late.

The event is being organised by Ballon GAA Club and they would welcome your support. It presents people with a great opportunity to invite family and friends to Ballon for a weekend of entertainment and fun while, at the same time, showing them what Ballon has to offer.

The Ballon Club's Player of the Year Awards will be presented at the barbecue.


Ballon National School's Kenya Helpers Association fundraising group was set up by the 6th class children in 2003. Their aim was to fundraise for the SMG Nuns who work in Kenya. Every September since then a committee is formed by the children of 6th class.

The children fundraise and write to the Nuns in Kenya and the nuns, in turn, write back and tell how the money is spent. All the money raised goes to Kenya - there are no administration costs. So far they have helped to build a health clinic, roof a street shelter, buy food and seeds and educate children. One girl is now a teacher, teaching street children.

Sr. Nora Doyle is home from Kenya at the moment and she will visit the school on Friday next, 31 May from 1.30 to approximately 3pm She will give a PowerPoint presentation on their work in Kenya. Everyone welcome, especially past pupils.

The school will hold a brown coin collection on the day, so gather up your small coins between now and Friday. Every coin is valuable - 5 cent will buy a small brick in Kenya. Coins collected can be left into the school. Thank you from Bernie Mullins and KHA secretaries, DJ Sinnott, Orla Cummins and David Lalor.


Eighteen boys and girls from the Rathoe area received their First Holy Communion in St. Patrick's Church, Rathoe on Saturday, 11 May. On Saturday, 18th May thirty-two children from the Ballon area received their First Holy Communion in the Church of SS Peter and Paul. Rev. Brendan Howard PP officiated on both occasions.

Congratulations to the children, parents and teachers on preparing the children for their special day.


The three cemetery masses have been arranged as follows- Ballon on Sunday, 2 June at 7.30pm; Templepeter on Sunday, 30th June at 3pm and Rathoe on Sunday, 7 July at 7.30pm.


Ballon's Siopa Glas will celebrate its first birthday on Saturday next, 1st June and to mark the occasion there will be free tea/coffee and birthday cake for all and sundry from 10am to 5pm. Feel free to drop in, browse, chat buy (or not) and enjoy the cuppa.


Ballon/Rathoe Senior Citizens outing will take place on Wednesday, 26th June. Names, as soon as possible, to any committee member. The cost will be €20. More details later.


Sunday, 19th May was a proud day for all involved in Burren Rangers Camogie Club when seven of the club's players were members of the Carlow under-14 team that won the Division 3 Shield Final at the Leinster Blitz held in Portlaoise. This is the largest representation the club has had on a county camogie team since its formation in 2010.

The seven girls on the winning Carlow team on Sunday were Orla Kenny who had the honour of captaining the team, Aine Holden, Rebecca Kelly, Ysobel Castle, Casey Walshe, Aimee Kane and Holly Barrett. They all played excellently in their games against Meath, Dublin, Westmeath and Wicklow.

The club is very proud of these girls and congratulate their coaches Jarlath Bolger, Eddie Townsend, Annette Holden, Maurice Buckley and Barbara Jordan for their commitment and dedication over the four years period. Three other Burren Rangers girls, Aine Kennedy, Caithlin Doyle and Nicole Kehoe Dowling were also members of the panel.


A Bake Sale in aid of Relay for Life will be held in Rathoe Hall on Sunday next, 2nd June after 9.30am mass. Your support would be greatly appreciated.


Ballon/Rathoe Athletic Club will hold their 24th annual Sports Day in James Morris GAA Park on Monday next, 3rd June (Bank Holiday). AAI Rules apply. There will be events for all age group from under-5 to under-16 years.



The Hacketstown community games area finals will take place in Colaiste Eoin sports field at 7pm sharp for boys and girls from 6 to 16 years. The county athletics finals in Ardattin on June 22, and 23.


Hacketstown united soccer club will hold their AGM in St Johns hall Hacketstown on today Tuesday at 8.30 all parents are requested to attend and your support is needed


Committee Skills Training Course – A free 2 hour session for anyone that already sits on or plans to join a voluntary committee ( residents association, sporting groups, school groups). Learn about the role of committees, Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer, minute taking etc. Run by Carlow County Development Partnership in conjunction with Hacketstown National School Parents Association on Tuesday 28th May from 7 – 9 pm in Hacketstown National School. Please contact Brigid 087 2514235 or


Clonmore GFC Lotto draw, Monday May 13: Jackpot €2,400 - no winner Numbers drawn: 6 -16 -25 -26. One Match 3, €200: Mary Quigley c/o Mary Quigley. Next draw takes place in Kealy's on Monday May 20th . Many thanks for supporting Clonmore GFC.


The Parents Association of Hacketstown National School would like to thanks all those you supported our recent clothes collection on the 21st May. It was the biggest collection to date. So thank you for all your support.


A day trip to Emmanuel House of Prayer Clonfert. A bus leaving church car park, Tullow May 25, at 8 a.m. contact 087 2245193.


St Joseph's National School would like to thank everyone who participated in their recent Sponsored walk in memory of Rian Hickey. We would also like to thank anyone who helped out in any way to make the walk possible. The amount raised will be announced once all the Sponsorship cards have been returned.

Raffle winners on the day were: 1st hamper Edel Byrne; 2nd vegetable hamper John & Marie Tallon; 3rd beauty hamper Noreen Moran; 4 th [fruit Hamper Nicola Hickey; 5th box of sweets Helena Kearney; 6th bottle of wine Liz Townsend; 7th bottle of wine Mairéad Doyle; 8th bottle of wine Edel Whelan.


The annual Cemetery Mass will be celebrated in Hacketstown Cemetery on Sunday June 2, at 2 p.m.


A number of vacancies will be come available on our CE scheme in the coming months. It is open to both male and female applicants. Please forward applications to employment programmes, department of social Protection Hanover House Carlow. Phone 059 9142605. Names can also be given the FAS office Hacketstown on 059 6472923.


CRISP Centre is presently enrolling for the following courses: "Type It" - Learn to Type - Monday May 20, from 10 -11 a.m. Digital Photography for Beginners - Wednesday May 22, from 7 -9 p.m Enquiries 059 647 1733 or call in to the CRISP Centre


The new opening hours at the scout hall are Monday to Friday from 9.30 to 12 noon and Saturday 10am to 12noon. The Den is also open on Wednesday evening from 6pm to 8pm and Friday from 6pm to 9pm.


The Hacketstown community alert will hopefully be launched on June 13. The text alert system will soon be in place and road signs are soon been erected on all roads in the catchment area. Area co-ordinators have now called to houses most people register and signed the consent form. The cost of the service for one year will be €10 per household.



Well done to the children, parents and teachers for volunteering and taking time out to help give Clonegal National School a new face lift last Thursday evening in preparation of the Entente Florale Competition. The school got a new fresh coat of paint, new flowers have been sown, and flower beds were weeded. Clonegal National School will be one of the sites visited on the day. The judges will be shown around the school grounds and it's important to make the school look its very best. Great work had been done by all present.


It has to be said that there has been tremendous work done in the village.

When you are driving through the village, you will see any volunteers out at any time whether it's during the week or weekend, planting, painting, weeding or even picking up litter, whatever it takes to make a difference. Already they have made huge changes down at the bridge, Watch house Cross, housing estates, old houses and gateways in to fields. You will also see the area is weed free and fresh shrubs sown in the flower bed, this is true dedication.

More needs to be done and we are asking all local residences to help in any way they can to make their garden or housing estates extra special, by planting flowers, painting of an old door or picking up litter for the fast approaching Entente Florale Competition.


Kildavin Childcare Facility is holding a parent, information evening on Wednesday 29th May at 8pm in Spellman Hall Kildavin. This will give parents an opportunity to ask any questions they may have about the facility, fees, and curriculum. We will also be letting parents know about or plans to do renovations during the summer. Due to these renovations we regretfully have decided to cancel summer camps for this year.


Second class boys and girls from Clonegal and Kildavin N.S. received their First Holy Communion on Saturday 18th May and Sunday 19th May.

The children to receive Communion from Clonegal N.S were: Josh Byrne, Tom Byrne, Luc Devlin, Liam Doran, Fionn Doyle, Shauna Doyle, Carson Fitzpatrick, Dean Gilligan, Aoife McGrath, Leah Murphy, Seán O' Brien, Megan Redmond, Sarah Sheppard, Carrie Shine and Tom Tracey.

Kildavin N.S. children to receive Holy Communion were Fallon Binions, Aisling Byrne, Daniel Byrne, Emma Byrne, Patrick Coleman, Eimer Cowman, Sarah Cox, Pierce Deane, Danny Doyle, Sean Kavanagh, John Henry Kirwan, Alena Moore, Megan Morahan, Cara Murphy and Chloe Rellis. Congratulations and well done.


The Kildavin/Clonegal GAA lotto was held in Egan's Lounge, Parkbridge, on Sunday 19th May. There was no winner for the jackpot of €8,100. Numbers drawn were 15, 16, 19 and 22. Winners that matched three were Mari Murphy, Craan, Emma & Frances Whelan, Johnstown and Tom Farrell, Rossard, Bunclody, all receiving €50 each. Seller's prize goes to Mick Brennan, receiving €50. Winners of the attendance draw were Mary Murphy, Kevin Kavanagh and Mark Byrne. Next draw will take place in Osborne's, Clonegal, Sunday 2nd June with a jackpot of €8,400.


Mass will be celebrated at Cranavane Well on Wednesday 29th May at 8.15pm, to mark the Year of Faith.



Results: Numbers drawn 1-9-17-30. Congratulations to Conor Doyle Knockavagh winner of Jackpot €1,400. Promoters Prize €20 Bruno. Next draw 28 May in Molloy's Bar. Jackpot €1,000. Fixtures: SFL Div 1 Rathvilly V Tinryland in Fr. Ryan Park Sunday @ 7pm. SFL Div 3 Rathvilly V Palatine in Palatine Tuesday @ 7.30pm.


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


Results: 1st Caroline & Nikki Kane 2nd Dolores McDonald 3rd Larry O'Brien 4th Patsy Lawler Promoters Prize; Ann Nolan-Byrne Cancer Research Benefit Night. Trad and Ballads music, In The Seven Oaks Hotel, Commences 9pm Admission €10 Your support would be greatly appreciated.


Rathvilly Garden and Flower Club will meet on Wednesday 29th May at 8pm in St. Patrick's Sports and Community Centre, Rathvilly. with June Blake giving a talk and slide show on gardening, there will be plants for sale from June's great garden, followed by the cup of tea and chat. all are very welcome. Admission €5.

As its the last meeting before the summer break we will be finalizing the arrangements for our big summer outing on Saturday 15th June, visiting the Laois Gardens, Mary Keenan's Gash Gardens, Enda Thompson Phelan's Clonohill Garden and Arthur Shackleton's Fruitlawn Garden. There are a few places left, if you would like to reserve a place please phone 059 91 61986 and leave your name and contact number


We are having an Ice-Cream fun day in aid of Down Syndrome on Saturday, 1st June from 10am to 1pm, Venue Stratford Lodge Old School, Church Lane. Please come and support all the usual market Produce on sale. Tea and coffee served.

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