Monday 21 October 2019

Around the districts: Ballyhea and Killavullen

Twins Leah and Edel O’ Donoghue were confirmed by Bishop William Crean in St. Fursey’s Church, Banteer
Twins Leah and Edel O’ Donoghue were confirmed by Bishop William Crean in St. Fursey’s Church, Banteer

Ballyhea - Lotto: The lotto was held on Monday, March 11, at the Corbett Court. There was no winner of the jackpot of €2,200. The Numbers were 17, 31, 32. Lucky Dips: €50 to Elaine O'Sullivan c/o Helen O'Sullivan, €30 to Teddy Tuohy c/o Helen O'Sullivan, €20 to Noel O'Riordan c/o Noel O'Riordan, €20 to Ellen O'Kelly c/o Idle Hour, €20 to Anne Morrissey c/o Mike Morrissey. You can play the lottery online and thank you for your continued support.

Church news

SPRING (LENTEN) STATIONS - The Spring (Lenten) Station 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 in to the sacristy. Ballyhoura, Loughlea and Glantane in the home of Eamonn and Eileen Stritch on April 5. General Station in the church on March 29. Station Masses will be celebrated at 8 p.m.

CONFIRMATION - The second preparatory Mass for the Confirmation children will be celebrated on Saturday, March 23, at 7.30 p.m. Vigil Mass.

RADIO MARIA - There is more information available about Radio Maria in the church Porch.

PROCLAMATION OF EASTER - On April 21, we will celebrate the joy of Easter Day, the Paschal Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ. On May 30 will be the Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ. On June 9 the feast of Pentecost. On June 20 the feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. On December 1, the first Sunday of the Advent of Our Lord Jesus Christ, to whom is honour and glory forever and ever. Amen.

FORMS OF FRIDAY PENANCE - The following are suggested acts of Penance for Lent - Abstaining from meat, Abstaining from other food, Abstaining from alcoholic drink or smoking,

Making a special effort at involvement in family prayer, Making a special effort to participate in Mass on Fridays, Visiting the Blessed Sacrament, Making the Stations of the Cross, Fasting from all food for a longer period than usual and perhaps giving what is saved to the needy, Helping the poor, sick, old and lonely; From the statement on Friday Penance issued by the Bishops' Conference, 2011.

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. Tel No: 021 4277959.

CHURCH COLLECTIONS - On the Sundays that there are two collections, the church door collection will be taken up at the offertory and the special collection will be taken up after Holy Communion.

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 first phase is experimentally operative by logging on to the website Family and friends overseas might like to log into this website to see the Parish Masses and what is happening in the Parish Church.

CHURCH GATE COLLECTIONS - No church gate collection taken up at St Mary's Church, Ballyhea is endorsed by the parish. 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 of those collecting on their behalf. This should be done before the collection commences.

NEW CHURCH WINDOWS - The New Windows have been installed. They are timber sash windows modelled on those of St John the Baptist Church in Kinsale which was built in 1832 by the same architect as Ballyhea, Br. Michael Augustine Riordan. One of the new windows installed in the church will become the Parish Memorial to the visit of Pope Francis to Ireland. If anyone or any family wishes to sponsor a window, this can be done by a single subscription or by a number of subscriptions over a period of time. One window will be open to public subscription, anyone can contribute any amount to it if they so wish. Please contact the parish priest - Monsignor O'Brien.

IRISH CATHOLIC - The Irish Catholic newspaper and the Catholic Voice are on sale in the porch of the church. The Irish Catholic is priced at €1.80 and the Catholic Voice is €1. Association for Church Archives of Ireland Calendars are on sale in the church Porch at €5 each.

CATECHISM ONLINE - The Catechism of the Catholic Church can be viewed on this web page

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

COUNTY HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP 2019 - Ballyhea have been drawn against Blackrock in the First Round of the Senior Hurling Championship 2019. This will be a big test so we wish the team and mentors every success.

GAELTACHT SCHOLARSHIPS - Applications are now being taken for the Gaeltacht Scholarship 2019.

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 - 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.

SENIOR HURLING MANAGEMENT TEAM - The New Senior Hurling Coach is Fergus O'Loughlin from Clarecastle with Selectors Mike Morrissey and Ray Ronan. Best of luck to all involved in the year ahead.

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.


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


Rafferty Montessori School

Last Summer Mai Rafferty zipped up the last coat, handed out the last painting and praised her last 'sweetheart' as she closed her Montessorri School after a lifetime of bringing preschool education to Killavullen Parish and its surroundings. It was the end of an era. A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind and touches a heart and this is certainly true of Mai. Celebrities are known widely by their first name and the same can be said about Mai.

For years and for miles, Rafferty Montessori School has been known as Mai's. Mai brought preschool education to our locality at a time when children typically left home after they turned 4 and entered Primary School. Nowadays there is much talk about outdoor preschools and encouraging children to learn from being outside and playing, but Mai had the foresight and talent to see the value in this from the very beginning of her career.

Starting out in Clifford House and moving onto Commane, Mai combined the concepts of Maria Montessori and her love of nature, wildlife, fairies, magic,drama, storytelling, poetry and adventure to teach little children life skills which would prepare them for school life. Her warmth and kindness to the children has always been part of her charm.

Peter has always been a positive part of the education of the children too, and he enhanced learning by experience and exploration with his love of horticulture.

Children gained a knowledge of their surroundings as well as the curricular areas. Mai has made a huge impact on the lives of little people in our community for 36 years and has had an amazing understanding of the individual abilities and talents of each child she has had.

There is an exciting opportunity for all adult past pupils and parents of the Rafferty Montessorri School to show their appreciation to Mai and Peter Rafferty in KillavullenCommunity Hall on Saturday March 30th at 8 p.m. Light refreshments will be served on the night and an exciting array of talent and entertainment is assured.

Tickets are €15 each available from both Ballygowan and Killavullen schools and the following people: Rose O Leary 087/4164087. Colette Fitzgibbon 086/1074913 Noel fitzgibbon 086/2533735 Rose Callanan 085/1547544. Phil Sheehan 087/1360074. Number of tickets strictly limited.

Card Drive

Results for Sunday March 17th were as follows: 1st Dan and Margaret McSweeny 2nd Pat Sheehan and Mick Mahony . Best of the last 5 Con Lucey and Maureen Donovan. Last game won by Patsy O'Gorman and Josie O'Driscoll. Raffle winners were Denis Cronin, Con Lucey and Con O'Gorman. Cards will be held this Sunday evening at 8pm in Killavullen Community Centre.

Ballygown National School

Best wishes are extended to the children of 2nd class in Ballygown NS and Killavullen NS who recieved the Sacrament of Reconciliaiton for the first time this week.

Ballygown National School are hosting an adult table quiz on this Friday March 21st at 9pm in Griffin's Bar. All are welcome to this fundraising event for the school.

Cycling Club

Blackwater Cycling Club are considering a weekly guided cycle 20km-30km distance, They are trying to gauge an interest in this idea and would appreciate any feedback on it. It is targeted at adult cyclists who have a road bike, appropriate gear and helmet. Please contact the club for further details.

Cuisle Avondhu concert

Cuisle Avondhu will host their end of year concert in St James' Church Mallow on Sunday April 7th from 630pm.


Community Council Lotto winners for last week have been: Eileen O'Gorman in Griffin's Bar and in The Haven Bar the lucky winner was Tom Luddy. Thank you for your continous support to this fundraiser. It is appreciated.

Nano Nagle Birthplace

Nano Nagle Birthplace in Ballygriffin host a number of workshops, training events and courses on a regular basis. It is well worth checking out their website to keep up to date with what they have to offer.

Farmer's Market

Killavullen Farmer's Market is hosted on a regular basis at the Nano Nagle Birthplace. The 2019 season is underway with locally produced fare and welcoming faces. If you've not been recently, it certainly is worth a visit. Keep up to date with future dates by following their faceboook page.

Parent's Association

Killavullen National School Parent's Association in conjuction with Blackwater Cycling Club are hosting a Cycle Sportive of 3 routes: 20km, 50km and 100km on Sunday April 28th with funds raised being donated to Marymount Hospice and Killavullen National School. Earlybird registration is €20 for the first 100 entrants and €25 for all entries thereafter. There will be food stops en route and in Killavullen at the end of this much anticipated event.

Turbine Aware group

Nagle View Turbine Aware group held an open meeting in Killavullen Community Centre recently to discuss the current plans to develop a 27 turbine wind farm in our Parish and surrounding areas. Another meeting was held this week in Carrignavar. Residents of all areas are encouraged to attend any meeting at any venue to hear the facts which the NVTA Group want to promote, Further information on this group and details of future meetings can be found on their website Virus-free.