Tuesday 21 May 2019

Around the districts: Ballyhea and Buttevant

Dr Amy Lynes of Freemount, Charleville, pictured with her family at her graduation in Trinity College Dublin recently
Dr Amy Lynes of Freemount, Charleville, pictured with her family at her graduation in Trinity College Dublin recently

Ballyhea - Lotto: The lotto was held on Monday, May 6, at the Corbett Court. There was no winner of the jackpot of €1,050. The Numbers were 11, 23, 39. Lucky Dips: €50 to John McCarthy c/o John McCarthy, €30 to Catherine Murtagh c/o the Idle Hour, €20 to David Copps c/o David Copps, €20 to Sheila Morrissey c/o Mike Morrissey, €20 to Madge Cowhey c/o David Copps. You can play the lottery online and thank you for your continued support.

Church news

WORD OF THANKS - A big thank you to Cork County Council, Fermoy Municipal District Development Fund for a grant of €20,000 towards the building of the new hall and a special word of thanks goes to Ian Doyle for the herculean effort he made to ensure that the grant came to Ballyhea Parish to help this, our latest community project.

CONFIRMATION - On Friday, May 17, a Combined Penitential Service and Ceremony of Light will take place in the church at 8 p.m. for the children preparing for Confirmation.

BLESSING OF HOMES - If you would like to have your home blessed, please leave your name and contact telephone number into the sacristy so that a suitable time may be arranged or contact 086 3016859.

PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES - The Cloyne Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes under the Patronage of Most Rev William Crean DD Bishop of Cloyne and Pilgrimage Director V parish priest Fr Tobias Bluitt will take place from May 31 to June 5. Details are on the Noticeboard in the church. Bookings may be made through Joe Walsh Tours, 117 Patrick Street, Cork. Telephone: 021 4277959.

SCHOOL/PARISH HALL COLLECTION - Those, who received the special envelopes for the school/community hall are kindly asked to return these as soon as possible.

Fight for Fionn

Fight for Fionn is a charity set up to raise funds for Fionn Barry, a four-year-old boy from Ballyhea, who has a seriously debilitating and life limiting illness and needs 24-hour care. Currently development is under way to upgrade his home. A number of fundraisers are ongoing. To get more information please go to website or if you wish to make a donation the link is:

GAA notes

CUL CAMPS - The club will host the kelloggs Cúl Camp from July 15 to July 19. Further details to follow.

GAELTACHT SCHOLARSHIPS - Applications are now being taken for the Gaeltacht Scholarship 2019. Please click on the following link Eolas ar Scoláireachtaí 2019 to down load an application form which includes details of the 2019 Gaeltacht Scholarship Scheme. This can be photocopied as needed. Note that this updated GAA Scholarship Application Form is required by the college with every application. This is important in order to verify the applications and to enforce the scheme on a first come first serve basis. Please also be aware that the Cork Scholarship Scheme applies to Coláiste na Mumhan, Beal Atha'n Ghaorthaidh only and does not apply to any other Gaeltacht College. Dates of courses, fees, application forms and other details are available on

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. Check it out at

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

Community alter

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.

Men on the Move

Ballyhea Men on the Move continues every Monday and Thursday in the gym of the new complex at 7.30 p.m. in Ballyhea GAA Club. All ages (currently ranging from 30's to 60's) and all levels of fitness are catered for. Participants from outside the parish are also welcome. Please come along and try it out.


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


Avondhu Blackwater Partnership

The Avondhu Blackwater Partnership Organisation has commenced a Building Confidence Programme since Tuesday April 23rd. 2019 and will continue on Tuesdays' and Thursdays' between the hours of 9.30am and 1pm inclusive on those days. The training will examine overcoming barriers maintaining confidence and increasing resilience. The programme is ideally suited for individuals who have been out-of-work for long periods due to illness disability or unemployment and are anxious to re-gain confidence and direction. All information can be had by contacting Mary Gubbins on 086 852 5992 as soon as possible.


The Shandrum Céilí Band will launch their new music album on Sunday May 18th. 2019. This talented group has won many accolades at various traditional festivals and musical events nationwide. The album will be launched in Saint Mary' Church Buttevant and will no doubt attract a large audience. The show commences at 8pm on the night and admission is "free".

Respnders fun day

A Family Fun Day took place at Mallow Racecourse on Sunday last April 28th in aid of the First Responders Group in the North Cork Area. This group is very active in the area and has attended and helped with many serious accidents and emergency situations In co-operation with the emergency services.

The main event was Pushing of an Ambulance for the duration period of a Marathon distance and includes several voluntary groups raising funds for this worthwhile service. Even though the weather was not conducive for spectating the event was very well supported.


Colaiste Mhuire Buttevant is sending two students as helpers on the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes this June 2019. The students involved are holding various fund-raising events throughout the intervening period.. All support will be greatly appreciated.

Parish Folk Group weekly lessons have resumed on Tuesday evenings at 7pm in the Church.

Cloyne diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes on May 31st to June 5th inclusive.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will be held in Saint Marys' Church Buttevant on Friday May 17th following the 10am Mass.


Apart from the content of litter on the local streets particularly at the weekends It is sad to see that there is an abundance of dog-pooh all over the footpaths as it appears that some animal owners are not cleaning up when their pets have done their business. It is hard to avoid the soiling in all places which is unsightly and can be dangerous if stepped on particularly by our senior citizens.

Running club

Buttevant Running Club will hold their now annual -four-mile -road race in the town environs on Friday evening May 17th. All information is available locally and all support will be greatly appreciated.

Be vigilant

Following another spate of break-Ins and robberies locally we would all do well to be on high-alert and vigilant regarding our properties and neighbourhood. We should also be attentive to our elderly residents and living alone sick and infirm neighbours.

There is a CCTV system within the town but it does not cover all visible residential areas and is only accessible to some appointed persons. The majority of people also find that CCTV is an invasion of a persons private and personal persona. Crime is no longer committed during the hours of darkness and the majority of incidents happen during daylight hours. . We should be alert to and conscious of suspicious persons acting suspiciously and also be aware of unusual activities and suspicious vehicles operating in all areas. Always report whatever persons or unusual happenings you may perceive to the relevant authorities.

Buttevant has recently been assigned three garda personnel for a number of hours during the day. Perhaps the presence of the gardaí "on the beat" will deter the recent criminal activity in the area and give the local residents a sense of security. This development is more than welcome .


Buttevant Soccer Club promotes a weekly local lottery draw to help finance the clubs' expenses and activities. The winning or sharing of the substantial monetary jackpot rests on the choice of four lucky numbers to match the four lucky numbers drawn on draw night. The lottery jackpot now stands at €20000 and will continue to rise until won by some lucky entrant. The draw takes place weekly on Thursday night at an appointed local public venue.. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Dorada Dance School

Dorada school of dance continues to be a major player in the entertainment scene of Buttevant with their weekly classes continuing to nurture dance drama and entertainment in general in all the pupils attending. The weekly classes are held in the Muintir na Tire Hall Buttevant on Saturdays. Commencing with Tiny Tots classes at 12 noon. Intermediate classes will commence at 12.30pm and the Advanced class will begin at 1.30p.m. All information can be had by contacting Theresa Hynes on the usual number.


The weekly bingo session continues in Buttevant on Monday night in the local GAA. Hall with numerous monetary prizes to be won. There is a substantial bingo jackpot to be won as well as an in-house lottery and an extra sheet game. There is also a 50/50- draw for attendees. The financial jackpot is nearing €3050 and is attracting a good attendance on the night. The games get under at 8.30pm and as the jackpot rises so will the number of players attending. The local GAA hall is due to have some renovation work carried out in the near future and as a result the bingo session will be suspended for some weeks . Patrons will be notified in the local media when this occurs.


Further to all the other activities available in the parish Buttevant has also a regular ballet class which is held weekly in the Muintir na Tire Hall. Membership is available to anyone who wishes to have their children learn the ballet form and the tutor of the art can be contacted at the Muintir na Tire Hall during the weekly classes on the appointed evening.

GAA draw

The local GAA club is at present promoting a €15000-Car Prize Draw in conjunction with the Cork County GAA Board. This draw will be held in April 2019 and will no doubt attract a full compliment of members. Tickets sold by the local GAA club will be entered into a separate Confined Draw for the local club members. Five people will then be drawn out to partake in a final prize draw. Prizes for the draw will include prizes of €250 to €1500 inclusive on the appointed draw night. Draw entry tickets at -€20- can be purchased from local club members and local players.

The funds raised will be used to upgrade the playing pitch and purchase the necessary items associated with the pitch and playing facilities.


The annual graveyard Mass will be celebrated in Saint Brigids Cemetery Buttevant on Wednesday May 15th at 8.00p.m. Anyone who has relatives friends or acquaintances interred in this graveyard is welcome to attend.

First Communion

First Holy Communion will be administered to the second class pupils of Scoil Mhuire na Trócaire Buttevant on Saturday May 18th at 11am in St Marys' Church.

Pupils from Lisgriffin School will receive their First Holy Communion on Saturday May 12th in Lisgriffin Church at -11a.m.

Holy Well Mass

The annual Mass at Templemary Well Lisgriffin will take place on Friday May 17th. 2019. This is one of the few remaining ancient holy wells in the local area and is always well attended. The Mass will commence at 8pm and all are welcome to attend.

SVP helpline

Buttevant Saint Vincent de Paul association has a dedicated helpline for those in the community who may need assistance to provide for themselves or their families. Please contact 086-0209477 in strictest confidence.

Be alter

It is imperative to be ever vigilant particularly as society as we now know it continues to change day-by-day and is ever challenging with the value on life people and property and personal possessions being devalued by some sectors of society.


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.