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Around the districts: Ballyhea, Boherbue

Ballyhea: Church notes - VIDEO STREAMING - A video streaming facility has been installed in the church. While primarily intended for the sick and housebound, the service is also open to anyone who wishes to have it By logging on to and daily Masses as well as funerals and weddings are available to anyone with an internet connection. Family and friends abroad might like to go to see the Parish Masses.

MASS TIMES - Weekend Masses: Saturday, March 212020 (Vigil) 7.30 p.m.; Sunday, March 22, 8.30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Weekday Masses: Morning Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m.; Monday the 23rd Tuesday, March 24; Wednesday, March 25, the feast of the Annunciation of the Lord Mass will be celebrated at midday in Latin; Thursday, March 26, to Saturday, March 28, Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m.

There will be Adoration and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament on Thursday after 10 a.m. Mass till 11 a.m. Confessions will be heard before the Vigil Mass on Saturday evening.

MONTH OF MARCH - The month of March is dedicated to St Joseph. Feast days for the coming week: Monday the 23rd: St Turibiu's de Mogrovejo, bishop. Tuesday the 24th: St Macartan, bishop Wednesday the 25th: The Annunciation of the Lord. Thursday the 26th: St Braullo. Friday the 27th: St John of Egypt. Saturday the 28th: St Sixtu's III.

SPRING (LENTEN) STATION - March 19 at 8 p.m. Castleharrison and Ballyhay in the home of Martin and Bernadette Moloney.

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 or lonely.

ROTAS - Collectors for month of March: 7.30 p.m. (Vigil) Tom Moloney; 8.30 a.m. John Ronan, Denis McNamara; 11 a.m. Mike O'Kelly. Eucharistic Ministers Next Weekend: 7.30 p.m. Vigil James Codd; 11 a.m. Catherine Horgan. Readers Next Weekend: 7.30 p.m. Vigil Elizabeth Ryan; 11 a.m. Catherine Mackessy. Flowers: March 14 and March 21; Gretta Kenny (no flowers during Lent) Flowers for St Patrick's Day. Counters March and April: Pat O'Brian, Hilton Lovell.

WINDOW SUBSCRIPTIONS - 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.

LOST AND FOUND - A bicycle was abandoned at the church railings in the church grounds. Would the owner please make contact with the parish priest to make arrangements to remove it.

Also, a pair of gloves were found in the church, the owner can collect same.

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.

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

CHURCH CHOIR - The choir has resumed on Sunday at 11 a.m. Mass. New members are always welcome.


LOTTO - The lotto was held on Monday, March 9, at the Corbett Court. There was no winner of the jackpot of €1,500. The Numbers were 1, 18, 22. Lucky Dips of €30 each: Fionn Barry c/o John Mortell; Cali Copps c/o David Copps; Margaret Morrissey c/o Mike Morrissey. Next week's draw in the Idle Hour, jackpot €16U00. You can play the lottery online and thank you for your continued support.

2020 CHAMPIONSHIP DRAWS - The 2020 County Championship draws were held at Pairc Ui Chaoimh. Premier SHC (top tier of 12): Group 1: Midleton, Sars, Douglas, Ballyhea; Group 2: Blackrock, Erins Own, Bishopstown, Newtownshandrum; Group 3: Glen Rovers, St Finbarr's, Na Piarsaigh, Carrigtwohill.

MASTER FIXTURES PROGRAMME - The County Board have announced the Master Fixtures programme for the year ahead. Key dates scheduled are SHC v Douglas w/e April 19. SHC v Midleton w/e August 9. SHC v Sarsfields w/e August 30.

SELECTION COMMITTEE - The Selection Committees were ratified recently. Senior: Adrian Gilligan, James O'Shaughnessy, Aidan O'Connor, Eamon Crowley. Junior: Darren Ronan, Jonathan O'Sullivan, Eamon Morrissey. Under-21: Seán Curtin, John Mortell, Mike Morrissey. Irish and Cultural Officer: Mikey Browne.

JUVENILE COMMITTEE - The Juvenile Committee was ratified at the recent Club Executive Meeting. Chair. : Brendan Barrett, secretary: Oonagh Horan, treasurer: Jim Codd, PRO: John Mortell, Children's Officer: Orla Kelly. Committee: John Foley, Dave Hickey, Mike Keogh, Michael Mackessy, Ian Ronan, Tom Crowley, Ger O'Shea, Alan Mortell, Owen Walsh, Joanne Crowley.

GAA MEMBERSHIP - Club Membership for Juveniles is €20, Adults €40 and Family €80.

NORTH CORK BOARD HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP DRAWS - under-21 A final, Ballyhea v Kilshannig. Junior B semi-final, Ballyhea v winner of Newtown/Mallow.

BALLYHEA GAA DOES STRICTLY - Unfortunately under the current circumstances, the Ballyhea GAA Does Strictly is postponed due to health and safety issues and will be rescheduled later in the year. This was due to take place on March 14 in the Charleville Park Hotel.

The Strictly Couples are: Áine Griffin and Noel O'Riordan, Audrey Morrissey and Ger O'Donovan, Caroline Mackessy and Tadhg Mortell, Dee Dwane and Donal Barrett, Helen O'Sullivan and Denis Egan, Laura Dundon and Maurice O'Riordan, Marguerite O'Kelly and Liam O'Brien, Sarah Copps and Mike Keogh, Sarah O'Regan and Aaron Dundon, Siobhán O'Kelly and Mikey Mortell, Susan Ronan and John Mortell, Triona O'Gorman and Ken Kennedy.

The Judges for the event have been announced and are as follows: Gemma O'Shaughnessy, Linda Buckley, Jason Sherlock and back by popular demand (aka Jeremiah Browne). Funds raised will go towards the completion of the walkway around the club grounds.

CAMOGIE CLUB - Membership is €40 pp. Anyone with old helmets or boots please donate to the club so they can be passed on to the new players. All new members welcome.

CONGRATULATIONS - Congratulations to Jonathan McCarthy who was names Player of the Year at the Robert Emmets Victory Social in London recently.

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.


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.


Ballyhea Men on the Move takes place at 7.30 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays in the Gym in the new complex in Ballyhea GAA Club. All ages (currently ranging from 30's to 60's) and all levels of fitness catered for, and participants from outside Ballyhea are very welcome. Please come and along and try it out. Contact Jim Codd at 087 9223939 for information. Have fun and get fit.


Noel, Harry and Isabelle would like to thank you all for your generous contributions on St Stephen's Day when they were out on the Wren collecting for Cork Penny Dinners. When they delivered the cheque to Cork Penny Dinners they were so appreciative and wished to convey their thanks to you all.


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