Sunday 22 September 2019

Around the districts: Ballyhea, Buttevant

Bobby, Donal, Hannah and Jack Vaughan with Kilkenny hurling and handball legend DJ Carey during his visit to Ballydesmond Handball Club
Bobby, Donal, Hannah and Jack Vaughan with Kilkenny hurling and handball legend DJ Carey during his visit to Ballydesmond Handball Club

Ballyhea: Lotto - The lotto was held on Monday, July 29, at the Corbett Court. There was no winner of the jackpot of €1,200.

The Numbers were 34, 41, 42. Lucky dips: €30 Denis Crean Ballymac c/o the Idle Hour, €30 Denis Mortell c/o Tadhg Mortell, €May 30 Mortell c/o John Mortell. You can play the lottery online and thank you for your continued support.

Church news

AUTUMN STATIONS - These will commence in September. If anyone would like to host a Station Mass in their home, please contact the parish priest to arrange a suitable time at 063 81470.

DISPENSATION FROM SERVILE WORK - In view of the poor weather which we have experienced over the past few months, a general dispensation is granted from the obligation to abstain from all unnecessary servile work on Sundays and Holy Days of obligation, from Ascension Thursday till October 31.

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. Check it out at

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

Golf Classic

Ballyhea Parish for the building of a community hall to benefit the local community and school is hosting a golf classic on Friday, August 30. It should prove to be a great fun day that requires your support. To enter a team of three will cost you only €150 (to include refreshments) and great prizes for the winners. You will not want to miss out on what promises to be a day to remember. If you would like to have a team included on the tee time list please contact Kieran O'Regan, Noel Hanley, Neilly Ronan snr or Dave Ryan to confirm your participation. If you would like to be included as a sponsor please contact any of the above.

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.

Men on the Move

Ballyhea Men on the Move group are taking a break for the summer. It will resume in September.


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


Leaving Cert results

As the 2019 Leaving Certificate students anxiously await their examination results let us all wish them well in their current anticipation. Here is hoping that you all receive your required results and points required if you intend to continue onto third level education. Congratulations to you all and may you develop and prosper in whatever career you choose in your future life.

Motorcycle memorial fundraiser

Plans are well advanced for the forth-coming "Mick O'Regan Annual Memorial Motorcycle Run". The run is being held on this Saturday August -10th. 2019 with signing-on time taking place at 10 30a.m. This is the 7th annual run and all bikers and forms of motorcycle machines are welcome to attend and participate. The annual run is being held with all proceeds going to the worth-while organisation "PIETA HOUSE" which does out-standing work in the prevention of Self-harm and Suicide. Entry is by donation and all information can be had by contacting-087-6384273-. Your support will be greatly appreciated..


A sincere and heart-warming welcome is extended to all local emigrants and tourist visitors who may be presently visiting the local area for their summer vacation. Best wishes for an exciting and entertaining summer is also extended to alllocal residents for the current holiday season.

Family Fun Day

Buttevant G.A.A. club has organised "A Family Fun Day" to take place in their grounds on September -01-st. 2019- with fun and games for all the family relatives friends and neighbours. There is a wide and varied programme of events for all participants to enjoy with more news being published as the date approaches.


Parish Folk Groupweekly lessons have resumed on Tuesday evenings at 7.00p.m.

The Cloyne Diocesan Pilgrimage to Fatima will take place from September 10th to September 17th inclusive. Flight is from Cork. to Lisbon With full-board. Full cost is €819- with single supplement €30- per night. Insurance is also included in these costs. Contact -01-63539300- or-024-92270- or -087-250918- as soon as possible.

The annual Mass at Our Ladys' Grotto at Ballybeg Buttevant will take place on Tuesday August -13th. 2019 at -07.30p.m.weathde permitting. There is always a good turn-out for this annual occasion so no doubt this year will be similar.

Band workshop

Scoil Mhuire na Trocaire Buttevant has begun an after-school band workshop. The school is on the look-out for instruments to complement the few instruments it has got. Donations of instruments from persons who no longer use them will be greatly acknowledged. Contact can be made with the school when the Summer holidays have been completed.

With the demise of the local Brass Band it is good to see the music tradition continuing through the school. What a pity that one of the local schools would not take over the Brass Band as there are lots of brass instruments lying idle and deteorerating as time goes by. The band was foundedby the Mercy Convent and it is a shame to see it disappear. The band is actually part of Buttevants' historical history and heritage and is not owned or the right of any one person. Perhaps in time people will lament the passing of this institution when it is too late to revive it. This passing if not curtailed will be remembered as "The Day The Music Died.

Soccer club

The club facilities are now a available for Parties Special Occasions and other celebratory occasions at very reasonable fees. All club facilities can be availed on for your special function. Further details can be had by contacting -086-1276374-

Tidy Towns

The tidy towns have arranged to meet on Thursday evenings at 07.00p.m. at Lombards' Castle. It is their aim to keep the town looking colourful and in clean condition to be admired by locals visitors and passing commuters. The group is also organising a local competition during the months of July 2019- and August 2019inclusive. There is an entry fee of -€5- per category. Competition forms can be had locally or by contacting Jane Fitzgerald on 086-68161041 at your earliest convenience.

Be vigilant

Following 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 you may perceive to the relevant authorities.


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.

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 -12.30p.m. and the Advanced class will begin at -01.30p.m. All information can be had by contacting Theresa Hynes on the usual number.

Road running club

Buttevant road running club continues to be very active in all forms of road runningand athletic meets throughout the local areas and first her afield. Training sessions continue on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at -07.15p.m. Please check the clubs' Facebook for all details. Sunday morning runs meet each Sunday at the local Co-op. Hi-Vis vests/bins are compulsory. All participants must be over-18-years of age. The club can also be contacted by e-mail at New members are always welcome.


The weekly bingo session in Buttevant has resumedsince Monday night June the local G.A.A. Hall as the renovation work has now been completed since June 7. 2019-. There will be numerous monetary prizes to be won with a substantial monetary jackpot to be won which has now reached the substantial sum of €4300- and will continue to rise until won. There will also be an in-house lottery and an extra sheet game. There is also a 50/50- draw for attendees. The games get under at 08.30p.m. and as the jackpot rises so will the number of players attending. Your continuing support is greatly appreciated.

Heritage Group

Buttevant Heritage Group is currently preparing an elaborate programme to celebrate National Heritage Week which takes place this year from Saturday August -17th. 2019 to Sunday August 25th. 2019 inclusive. The group are focusing this promotion on the theme of"Past Times Pasttimes" and how people entertained themselves in times of long ago. There will also be a guided tour of local heritage and archaeologal locations and buildings within the Buttevant area. The local heritage walking tours continue as per usual each Saturday afternoon.


With the majority of schools now on their summer holidays there will be a lot of young people around the local areas and with their attention focused on their mobile phones and I-pads they may not be paying attention to the pedestrians on the footpaths or the traffic around them.


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.

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 alert

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 de-valued by some sectors of society. Do check and make sure your carsand out-houses are locked and secure before your retire for the night.


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.