Sunday 19 November 2017

Around the districts: Ballyhea and area

Cian Dennehy, Mourneabbey (Burnfort NS) and Patrick O'Grady Killavullen (Ballygown NS) and Ted Twomey, Grenagh (Rathduff NS) who took part in the Primary Game at half time during the Munster Football Final in Killarney
Cian Dennehy, Mourneabbey (Burnfort NS) and Patrick O'Grady Killavullen (Ballygown NS) and Ted Twomey, Grenagh (Rathduff NS) who took part in the Primary Game at half time during the Munster Football Final in Killarney

Lotto - The lotto was held on Monday, June 26, at the Idle Hour. There was no winner of the jackpot of €4,300. Numbers drawn were 1, 9, 25.

€50 lucky-dip winner: Eugene Bowles Promoter Helen O'Sullivan, €30 lucky-dip winner Edmond Mortell Promoter Tadhg Mortell, €20 lucky-dip winners were Grace Morrissey Promoter the Corbett Court, Megan Ronan Promoter Joan Ronan, Noreen Morrissey Promoter Alec Morrissey. You can play the lottery online or visit the Ballyhea GAA website where you can access the same web address. Thank you for your continued support.

Church news

DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO FATIMA: The Diocesan Pilgrimage to Fatima will take place from September 7 to September 14. This is the 100th Anniversary of the Apparition of Our Lady in Fatima. Bookings can be made by contacting: Pilgrimages Abroad Lauri Duffy Travel, Dublin. Telephone no: 01 6359300.

DISPENSATION: In view of the poor weather which we have experienced over the past few months a general dispensation is granted from the obligation to abstain from all unnecessary servile work on Sundays and Holy Days of obligation, from Ascension Thursday till October 31.

VIDEO STREAMING: A video streaming facility has been installed in the church to allow weekday and Sunday Mass as well as funeral and wedding ceremonies etc. to be broadcast over the internet. While primarily intended for the sick and housebound, the service is also open to anyone who wishes to have it. The website is and friends overseas might like to log into this website to see what is happening in the Parish Church.

REPAIRS TO AND UPGRADING OF EXTERNAL LIGHTING IN THE CHURCH GROUNDS: Works will commence shortly on repairing the external lighting system and in upgrading to current health and safety standards. We wish to thank most sincerely the Castlepook Wind Farm Community Development Fund for a generous contribution of €2,500 towards these works. Work will be completed before the end of August.

GAA notes

MEMBERSHIP: Club membership is now due, €40 per adult, €20 per Juvenile and over 65 and €80 family membership of two adults and two under-18 juveniles. Membership can be paid to any committee member.

CLUB DEVELOPMENT: Ballyhea GAA is undertaking a major building construction of dressing rooms, a covered hurling alley, public toilets, a referees' room and an upstairs area suitable for a gym etc. A Sports Capital Grant has been secured, a loan from Croke Park and a bank loan to finance the majority of this development. However, some fundraising will need to be done to meet the shortfall for this development. The various committees have decided to fundraise with 'Buy a block to build the wall'. Blocks will be sold at €250 each and on completion of the building, a plaque will be erected with the names of all who contributed to this development.

All of the club's loans for the previous developments have been cleared, mainly due to your support for the Cork GAA Clubs' Draw of which about 50% of the funds from each ticket are returned to the club and this money is used solely for development and with your support, this will continue, hopefully.

The development represents the community spirit that has become a major part of Ballyhea GAA achievements over so many years.

Your support of our great club is very much appreciated and we hope you will support this new venture from which many generations will benefit in the years ahead. Your support will make a difference and you can make your contribution count by contacting any member of the committee or if you would like further information, the club website is

Thank you in advance for your support.

CÚL CAMPS: Ballyhea GAA Kellogg's Cúl Camp is on July 10 to July 14 inclusive. The cost is €60 for first child, €50 for second and €40 for third and subsequent children. Applications can be made online or by contacting Ger O'Shea 087 8237697. To guarantee gear before the start of the Cúl Camp, applications will have to be in by Friday, June 30, gear will not be available till the end of Camp for any applications after this date.

FEILE PEIL: New York had a famous victory recently in the Division 1 final of the Féile under-14 football over Portlaoise. Featuring on the New York team was Ciáran O'Connor, son of Ger Chuck O'Connor, a former stalwart with Ballyhea in the 80's and who played in the County Senior Hurling Final in the Centenary Year of 1984. Ciarán is also on the New York under-14 hurling team.

Community Alert

Ballyhea Community Alert has successfully set up a Text Alert Network to immediately alert our community when an incident occurs. Prompt information to and from Gardaí deters criminal activity. If you are interested in becoming a member of our Text Alert Network please phone any of the following people for information and sign up details - Phil Ryan 087 2937465, Pat Daly 086 1220114, James Horgan 087 2572271, Willie Meaney 087 1936842, Con Walsh 086 8570355. The fee for this service is €10 annually.



With the national exams completed and the countrys' schools on vacation it must be time for the approach of the annual Cahirmee Horse Fair for 2017.

This historical and ancient equine extravaganza is world renowned and attracts dealers buyers traders and tourists from all corners of the world. In recent times the fair and trading begins in advance of the appointed date of July 12 which is due to the fact that traders dealers and buyers are unable to display their animals goods and general equine chargers because of the number of people who visit the fair on the actual day.

This annual footfall is welcome business for the local publicans restaurants and businesses the profit from which keeps many of the local businesses ticking over for another year. So do come out and enjoy the Cahirmee experience and do exercise caution as you move between the crowds and the horses.

Local lottery

Buttevant soccer promotes a weekly monetary prize lottery. The jackpot currently stands at €14,400 and will rise by €100 weekly till won. The jackpot can be won on the choice of four lucky numbers to match the four numbers drawn on draw night. There are alternative prizes for three numbers if they match any of the numbers drawn. The draw is held weekly on Thursday night at an appointed public venue. The money gained from the draw are used to help with the club expenses.


The weekly bingo session continues on Monday Night in the local GAA hall where there are numerous monetary prizes to be won by those attending. There is a substantial monetary bingo jackpot to be won as well as an in-house lottery an extra sheet game and a 50/50 game. The session gets under ŵay each Monday night at 8.30 p.m. with the jackpot now around €2,300 and rising by €100 weekly. Your support will be appreciated.


Defibrillator training course is currently being organised in the Buttevant area at which people will be trained in the use of this lifesaving mechanism should an emergency arise. Dates and times for the course will be made public in the near future. Details from 086 2898622.

CCTV system

A new and elaborate CCTV system has been installed in the town area of Buttevant recently. This system is the most modern and technically efficient system available and is operating '24-7'. The system is connected to the local garda station and is also linked to systems in other stations throughout the North Cork Garda division.

The recordings of the happenings are kept on file for a period of one month. All happenings and occurrences can be viewed if required for security purposes by appointed Gardaí and persons of authoritywho may have access to the system.

Soccer Summer Camp

Buttevant soccer club is promoting a club summer camp again this year. The camp will be held from Monday, July 17, to Friday, July 21, inclusive. The camp is open to boys and girls aged six to 12 years of age (born 2005-2010) with the closing date being Friday, July 16. An entry day will be held at the clubhouse on Saturday, June 17, at 1 p.m. Full details fron 087 9266890 and/or 086 3207906. Early application is advisable.


Buttevant heritage group has resumed its weekly tours of places of interest within the town and its environs. The local Church is the meeting point where the tours commence and assembly is usually around 3 p.m. Buttevant is this year celebrating 700 years having being designated 'a walled town'.

The annual Cahirmee Fair is an integral part of Buttevant heritage and is featured is many annals of folklore and ancient history world wide. Cahirmee Fair is and should be highlighted more as a tourist attraction as it is the highlight of the year for many people involved in the equine industry.


This column has long been an advocatefor the provision of a local museum in Buttevant. Although the remains of Emperor Napoleons' charger Marengo are no longer being returned to Ireland the option should still be considered as there is an amount of historical artefacts that could be put on display if the place became available.

Buttevant's ancient history needs to be highlighted particularly to the younger generation as many may not know of the wealth of history that is available throughout the locality. So let's preserve our historical past before another generation is not aware of the value and quantity of Buttevant's ancient historical past.


Sympathy is extended to those who have suffered a bereavement or personal loss recently.


Roy Kean visits

Roy Keane paid a visit to Gaelscoil Ui Riordain, Ballincollig as part of the annual appeal heroes, which was launched in April to mark World Autism Awareness Day. Roy is a long standing supporter of the charity which helps provide dogs that give people an opportunity for independence.

Roy was accompanied by Judy McGrath and her son Sean (15) who was diagnosed with autism at the age of 3. Congratulations to all.

Lakewood AFC

Well done to Mel Deasy, Adam McCarthy, Darragh Coakley and the rest of the Cork club who finished third in the Kennedy Cup which was held in UL.


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