Wednesday 21 February 2018

Around the districts: Ballyhea and beyond

Jack Quaide, Denise Cagney, Cliona O'Callaghan and Tim O'Mahony were at the Newtown Camogie/GAA victory dinner in Charleville
Jack Quaide, Denise Cagney, Cliona O'Callaghan and Tim O'Mahony were at the Newtown Camogie/GAA victory dinner in Charleville

Ballyhea lotto - The lotto was held on Monday, January 30, at the Corbett Court. There was no winner of the jackpot of €3,250. Numbers drawn were 4, 7, 22.

€50 lucky-dip winner: Liam Murphy Promoter Liam Murphy, €30 lucky-dip winner Barry Coleman Promoter John Coleman, €20 lucky-dip winners were Maggie Linehan Promoter Mick Copps, Edmond Mortell Promoter Tadhg Mortell, Elaine O'Sullivan Promoter Helen O'Sullivan. 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

Table of Movable Feasts for 2017 is as follows: Ash Wednesday, March 1; Holy Thursday, April 13; Good Friday, April 14; Easter Sunday, April 16; Ascension Thursday, May 25; Pentecost Sunday, June 4; Holy Trinity June 11; Corpus Christi June 15; Sacred Heart of Jesus June 23.

NEW PARISH SAFEGUARDING COMMITTEE - A new Parish Safeguarding Committee was appointed for three years and has held its first constituent meeting. The members of the committee are Jim Codd, Kate Crowley, Ena O'Regan and Geraldine Egan. The newly appointed contact persons are Jim Codd and Geraldine Egan 086 3016859.

NEW FINANCE COMMITTEE - In accordance with Canon 537 of the Code of Canon Law a new Finance Committee was constituted on January 7 to run for three years. The Finance Council assists the parish priest in the administration of the goods temporal of the parish, by their advice and counsel. The members of the new committee are Geraldine Mac Namara, Jerome O'Keeffe, Kieran O'Regan, Dave Ryan, Breda Crowley and Maurice O'Riordan.

SPRING LENTEN STATIONS - The Spring Lenten Stations list is currently being drawn up for the parish. Anybody wishing to host a Station Mass in their home please contact the parish priest at 063 81470 or leave your name into the Sacristy.

EPISCOPAL VISIT - The Episcopal Visitation of the parish will take place on February 12. The last one was on February 23, 1998.

FIRST CONFESSION - The Sacrament of First Confession for the class preparing for First Holy Communion will be celebrated on March 22 at 7.30 p.m. in the church.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION - The next Mass for the First Holy Communion class will be celebrated on Saturday, February 25, at 7.30 p.m. (Vigil).

CONFIRMATION - The next meeting with the parents of children preparing for Confirmation will be held in the school on Thursday, March 2, at 8 p.m. and the next Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, March 4, at 7.30 p.m. (Vigil).

CHURCH GATE COLLECTIONS - No Church Gate Collection taken up at St Mary's Church, Ballyhea is endorsed by the parish. All such collections are made on foot of a permit, issued by the Chief Superintendent of the Garda Síochána, at Fermoy. Permits require those taking up Church Gate Collections to do so on the public highway, and in a manner which does not obstruct or importune others using the highway. Any group or organisation intending to collect outside the church gates are asked to present copies of their permits in the sacristy, together with copies of letters of authorisation from those collecting on their behalf. This should be done before the collection commences.

School enrolment

Ballyhea NS Enrolment for September 2017/18 application forms are available from the office at 063 81086 or email

There will be an open day in early June where pupils/parents will get the opportunity to view their classroom, meet the staff and receive an information pack (booklists, uniform etc.) for the new school year. If you require any further information, you are more than welcome to make an appointment at the above number.

Men on the Move

Men on the Move returns every Monday and Thursday in the GAA hall. Sessions are Mondays 7.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. and Thursday 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. going forward. Please note open to beginners and new people as sessions will be tailored to fitness levels where possible.

Fight for Fionn

Fight for Fionn is a charity set up to raise funds for Fionn Barry, a two-year-old boy from Ballyhea, who has a seriously debilitating and life limiting illness and needs 24-hour care. To get more information please go to website or if you wish to make a donation the link is: ForFionn

GAA notes

ONLINE SHOP - The club's online shop is proving to be very popular. All the latest club gear can be purchased from the O'Neill's website. With Christmas around the corner, check it out at

INSTAGRAM - The club can now be followed on Instagram. To see the latest club pictures go to ballyheagaaclub

CORK GAA CLUBS DRAW JANUARY RESULTS - 1st Ford Mondeo or €24,500 Cash to Jack and Katie Maguire Bantry Blues, second Luxury Holiday worth €5,000 to Aimee Devine St Vincent's, third Luxury Break worth €1,000 to Jerry O'Leary Donoughmore, fourth Luxury Break worth €1,000 to Rita Ward Gabriel Rangers, fifth €1,000 to Dan Lane Aghabullogue,

Sixth €1,000 to Kevin Hennessy Midleton, seventh Weekend Break to Patsy Foley Donoughmore, eighth Weekend Break to Yvonne O'Sullivan St Finbarr's, ninth €100 Voucher for Rochestown Park Hotel to Marie Kearney Sars/Glanmire, 10th €100 Voucher for Co-op Superstores to Con and Mary Murphy Aghabullogue,

Eleventh €100 Voucher for Newbridge Silver to Mr and Mrs Schaffer St Vincent's, 12th €100 Voucher for Tom Murphy Menswear to Kevin Barry Kilshannig, 13th €100 Voucher for Keane's Jewellers to Michael McGrath TD Carrigaline, 14th €100 Voucher for O'Flynn's Hotel to Mary Noonan Inniscarra, 15th €100 Voucher for Cummins Sport to Noel O'Connor Mallow,

16th €100 Voucher for Rochestown Park Hotel to Mary O'Riordan née Keane Brian Dillons, 17th €100 Voucher for Co-op Superstores to Patrick O'Regan Kilshannig, 18th €100 Voucher for Newbridge Silver to Denis O'Donoghue Dromtarriffe, 19th €100 Voucher for Tom Murphy Menswear to Arthur and Nuala O'Leary Ballyclough, 20th €100 Voucher for Keane's Jewellers to Michael O'Coileain Clonakilty,

21st €100 Voucher for O'Flynn's Hotel to Brian O'Croinin Millstreet, 22nd €100 Voucher for Cummins Sport to Denis Dineen Macroom, 23rd €100 Voucher for Rochestown Park Hotel to Tony Hayes Carbery Rangers, 24th €100 Voucher for Co-op Superstores to John and Anthony McSweeney Uibh Laoire, 25th €150 Confined Divisional Seandun to Yvonne Lynch Ballinure,

26th €150 Confined Divisional Seandun to Colm De Barra St Vincent's, 27th €150 Confined Divisional Seandun to Anthony Thompson Na Piarsaigh, 28th €150 Confined Divisional Seandun to Noel and Mags Heffernan Mayfield, 29th €150 Confined Divisional Seandun to Brian McGrath CIT.

RACE NIGHT - The annual Ballyhea GAA race night takes place on Friday, February 24, at the Corbett Court. Horses are currently on sale for €20 each. All support is greatly appreciated.

JUVENILES ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING - The Ballyhea Juvenile Club AGM was held last Saturday night. Chair. Tom Crowley opened the meeting with a prayer for deceased members. Ger O'Shea read the minutes of the last AGM. Tom Crowley then addressed the meeting thanking all his fellow officers and committee members for their support during the year. He also thanked the mentors of the various teams for their hard work and all the parents for their co-operation and mentioned that all help is very welcome.

Ger O'Shea gave the secretary's report giving a very detailed account of all the activities of the club during the year, making a special reference to the club gaining the Rebel Og Silver Benchmarking Award. He thanked everyone that contributed in achieving this. Jim Codd went through the finances of the club for the year. Adult chairman Noel O'Riordan then presided over the Election of Officers.

Juvenile Officers for 2017 as follows: chairman: Tom Crowley, Vice-chairman: John Foley, secretary: Ger O'Shea, treasurer: Jim Codd, PRO: John Mortell, Children's Officer: Orla Kelly, Board Delegate: Liam Crowley, School Liaison Officer: Oonagh Horan, Committee: Michael Mackessy, Jeremiah Browne, Pat Murphy, Jim Horgan, Brendan Barrett, Denis Daly, Dave Hickey, Jim Dundon, David Copps.

Used clothes collection

The camogie club is once again collecting Used Clothes, Old Curtains, Bedlinen, Footwear, Bags and Books. Contact any member of the committee.

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.

45 Drive

The 45 Drive will continue at the Corbett Court every Wednesday night at 9.15 p.m. so all welcome.


Speeding is still continuing to be an issue through the parish so please be aware of the speed limit of 60km.



A fundraising event in aid of Coláiste Mhuire, Buttevant has been organised to help raise funding for the further development of a school playing pitch and sports facilities. The event will take the format of the quiz show 'Who Wants to be a Thousandaire' with the opportunity for chosen participants to win many monetary prizes.

The event will take place on Friday, February 17, in the Charleville Park Hotel. It is sure to be an evening of fun and enjoyment with the chance of eight lucky people winning a €1,000 each. Tickets at €15 are available locally and also can be had by telephoning 022 23733. Your support will be greatly appreciated.


The local weekly bingo session continues on Monday night in the local GAA hall, Buttevant with numerous monetary prizes to be won by those attending. Next week's bingo jackpot will be worth €3,300 and there will also be an in-house lottery game and an extra sheet game to be played for there is also a 50/50 draw on offer.

Michael Bowles, New Street, Buttevant was the winner of the 50/50 draw this week.


A mindful living programme will begin in the Mercy Day Care Centre, Buttevant on this Thursday, February 9. The course will be a six-week programme and will be held between the hours of 8 p.m. and 9.15 p.m. each Thursday. The course will cost €50 and all the necessary information can be had by contacting Marie at 086 3248524.


Cork County Council is in the process of implementing parking/casual trading bye/laws for the Cork region. These bye-laws when in force will determine the parking and casual tracing limitations for many towns and villages in the county.

Buttevant will be affected by these bye-laws in the fact that it will affect the parking and casual trading particularly at Cahirmee Fair. Buyers and sellers will be restricted in that horses will not be allowed to be ridden through the street and buyers and sellers will have to stay in the one place/position if selling their animals.

These bye-laws will not be implemented for some years yet but will eventually have a detrimental effect on the trading during the Cahirmee Fair.


Plans are afoot by some Cork County councillors to have the skeletal remains of Emperor Napoleon's horse 'Marengo' re-patriated to the Cork County area. 'Marengo' is reputed to have been purchased at Cahirmee Fair, Buttevant by one of Napoleon's generals and was the horse Napoleon rode in all his famous battle victories.

It is hoped that if this occurs that the remains will be exhibited in the town. This would call for an appropriate place to display the exhibit and would call for the establishment of a permanent museum within the town.

Buttevant is not the only place claiming 'Marengo' as Bartlemy, County Cork is also staking a claim to this famous equine skeleton. This could be one of 'Marengos'' most difficult and controversial battles.


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

Well wishes

Well wishes go to those who are ill at home or in hospital at this time.


Be ever alert to the occurrence of suspicious persons vehicles or happenings in the local area. Please report such happenings to the relevant authorities.


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