Tuesday 26 March 2019

Around the districts: Ballyhea, Buttevant

Kiskeam National School children pictured with their Team Hope Christmas Shoebox gifts. Photo by Sheila Fitzgerald.
Kiskeam National School children pictured with their Team Hope Christmas Shoebox gifts. Photo by Sheila Fitzgerald.

Ballyhea: Men on the Move - The Ballyhea 'Men On the Move' group is up and running and is being held at 7.30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the gym on the new complex in Ballyhea GAA Club. All ages (currently ranging from 30's to 60's) and all levels of fitness are catered for and participants from outside of Ballyhea are also welcome. Please come along and try it out.


The lotto was held on Monday, November 19, at the Corbett Court. There was no winner of the jackpot of €1,450. The Numbers were 10, 17, 34. Lucky Dips: €50 to Bernie Crowley c/o Bernie Crowley, €30 to Ian Ronan c/o Joan Ronan, €20 to Mary Brassill c/o Connie Brassill, €20 to Sophie Kenny c/o the Idle Hour, €20 to Agnes Foley c/o Noel O'Riordan. You can play the lottery online and thank you for your continued support.

Church news

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. Over the next few weeks, we hope to move to the next phase which is to provide a connection for the sick and housebound. Enquiries about the connection can be made in the sacristy or to 086 3016859.

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.

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 - Work has commenced on the making of new windows for the church. The first window has been installed and and the next two windows are being installed at present. The new windows will be 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.

NOVEMBER ALTAR LIST - The New 2018-2019 Altar List for the Holy Souls is being compiled. Please forward the names of those whom you wish to have included in the new list. Purgatorial Society forms are available in the church Porch. The first of these Masses was celebrated on November 25 and will continue to be celebrated on every First Friday.

PARISH/SCHOOL GENERAL PURPOSES AREA - Please note that some of the plans and drawings for the new Parochial/School General Purposes Area are on exhibition in the church Porch. This will replace the former Parish Hall and will be available out of School hours for parish activities. Any constructive comments are welcome.

Fight for Fionn

Fight for Fionn is a charity set up to raise funds for Fionn Barry, a three-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

The club AGM will be held on Monday, December 3, in the clubrooms at 8pm.

WOOLLY HATS - With the cold weather upon us it's time for the woolly hats again and what better than one of these new club hats with the Ballyhea GAA crest. Contact John Mortell 086 3893053. Price €10.

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

JUVENILE GAA CHRISTMAS DRAW - Tickets are now on sale for the Christmas draw. Tickets are €5 each or a book of three for €10. The draw will take place in the Corbett Court on Friday, December 14, INDOOR HURLING - Indoor hurling for 11, 12, 13- and 14-year-olds will take place every Monday evening at 7.30 p.m. in the new alley.

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.


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



The recently advertised musical evening by Cahirmee Singers was unavoidably cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. The event has been re-scheduled for the New Year and will be advertised accordingly. Tickets already purchased will be valid for the new date. The group will be involved over the Christmas at. various ceremonies in St Marys' Church Buttevant.

Special needs party

There will be a"Special Needs Christmas Party" for children and families with special needs held in the G.A.A. Hall Buttevant on Sunday December 9th. "Santa" will be in attendance on the day and there will also be "Arts and Crafts" Face-Painting" and "Sweets and Treats" for all to enjoy there will be a "D.J" on hand to provide lots of festive music and lots of fun and games for the children. Admission for children will be €5 which includes a photograph with " Santa". Admission for adults is €3.50 which includes a complimentary Tea/Coffee and Snack. Proceeds will go towards the "My Canine Companion Autism Assist Dogs Association".

The party will be held between the hours of 1.00p.m. and 4.00p.m. inclusive. For further information and booking details contact Aisling O Mahony on 087-3692116 or 022-23925 as soon as possible.


Buttevant G.A.A. club will hold their Annual General Meeting on this Friday evening November 30th. 2018 in the local G.A.A. Hall.

Camogie AGM

Butttevant Camogie Club will hold their Annual General Meeting on December 06th. 2018 in the local G.A.A! Hall at 08.00p.m.

Christmas market

Buttevant Community Council has organised "A Christmas Street Market" to celebrate the festive season of 2018. There will be numerous stalls positioned throughout the Main Street area of the town displaying all types of products goods and festive fayre for the public to view and also perhaps purchase which may also be utilised as possible Christmas gifts. There will also be lots of entertainment throughout the afternoon which will be suitable for all ages. Fun and enjoyment will be the order of the day and all are welcome to come out and enjoy themselves.

There will be face-painting "Paw Patrol" and "The Incredibles" cartoon characters present and there will also be "Christmas Dance Demos" "Balloon Character Making" and an exciting "Christmas Treasure Hunt" for the younger generation. " Santa" will also be around on the day meeting and greeting everybody.

The market will take place on this Sunday December 02nd. 2018 between the hours of 2.00p.m and 5.30p.m.culminating in a spectacular electrifying "Fireworks Display" to brighten the evening.


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 and have resumed at the usual appointed times for the different grades. The dance company will also be appearing at the local Christmas market. All information can be had by contacting Theresa Hynes on 087-72324143.


The weekly bingo session continues in Buttevant on Monday night in the local G.A.A. 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 jackpot now stands at €3600 and will continue to rise accordingly. The games get under way at 8.30p.m.


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 alert

With the arrival of the dark winter evenings and probable incliminent weather conditions do be alert to the needs conditions and general care of your elderly living alone or infirm neighbour and keep a watchful eye-out for their well-being.


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.