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Around the districts: Ballyhea, Buttevant


Fancy footwork from the Freemount production in the All-Ireland Macra Capers Final

Fancy footwork from the Freemount production in the All-Ireland Macra Capers Final

Fancy footwork from the Freemount production in the All-Ireland Macra Capers Final

Ballyhea: Men on the Move - Ballyhea Men on the Move is back and will be held at 7.30pm on Mondays and Thursdays in the Gym in the new complex in Ballyhea GAA Club.

All ages (currently ranging from 30s to 60s) 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.

Church news

Mass Times - Saturday, February 8 (Vigil) 7.30 p.m. Sunday, February 9, 8.30 a.m. 9 a.m. Latin and 11 a.m.

Weekday Masses: Morning Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, February 10, to Saturday, February 15, 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 FEBRUARY - The month of February is dedicated to the Holy Family, Jesus, Mary and Joseph.

CHURCH COLLECTIONS - On the Sundays that there are two collections, the first collection will be taken up at the Offertory and the second collection will be taken up after Holy Communion.

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.

CATHOLIC NEWSPAPERS - The Catholic Voice is on sale in the church porch. Price €1.50. Sympathy Mass Cards and Mass Bouquet Cards are available for purchase in the church porch.

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 into the sacristy. The Stations will start in mid-February.

COLLECTORS FOR MONTH OF FEBRUARY - 7.30 p.m. (Vigil) Margaret Linehan, Catherine Horgan; 8.30 a.m. John Mortell; 11 a.m. P J O'Driscoll.

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. By logging on to; weekly 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 and what is happening in the Parish Church. The number of views to the website over the last 12 months was 15,000 from countries such as United States of America, Canada, Germany, Italy, Phillipines, Poland and Ireland.

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.

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.

Ballyhea National School

Enrolment forms for the school year 2020/2021 are now available. Prospective Parents/Guardians may make an appointment to meet the school principal and to view the School. The closing date for applications was Friday, January 31. Please contact the school office at 063 81086 or email

GAA notes

LOTTO - The lotto was held on Monday, January 27, at the Corbett Court. There was no winner of the jackpot of €3,700. The Numbers were 11, 23, 31. There was one jackpot winner, Adrian O'Regan c/o Kieran O'Regan. Congratulations and best wishes Adrian. Next week's draw in the Idle Hour, jackpot €1,000. 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 recently. 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. Leagues commence w/e February 16.

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.

JUVENILE CLUB REGISTRATION NIGHT - The Juvenile Club registration night will take place on Friday, February 7, in the club Pavilion from 6.30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

BALLYHEA GAA DOES STRICTLY - The Couples have commenced training for the big night 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.

Sponsorship Cards are currently in circulation, all support is greatly appreciated.

ALL IRELAND INTERMEDIATE FOOTBALL FINAL - Huge Congratulations to Ciarán Hanley and the Oughterard footballers who won the all-Ireland Intermediate Football Final in Croke Park on January 25.

CAMOGIE VICTORY SOCIAL - Ballyhea camogie club's Victory Social will take place in the Charleville Park Hotel on Friday, February 21, to celebrate the Junior A County Success and the under-14 all-Ireland Féile. There will be a three course meal, a DJ and lots of craic. Tickets will be available to purchase from Marie Harty, Liam Crowley and Andrew Walsh. It promises to be a great night.

CAMOGIE CLUB - TRAINERS FOR UPCOMING SEASON - If anyone wishes to put their name forward to train or help out with a team for the upcoming season, please forward your name to the club secretary. email address is as follows:

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 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.



Enrolments for potential students wishing to attend Scoil Mhuire na Trocaire Buttevant (Primary School) for the school period commencing on September 2020 are now being taken. All details can be obtained by contacting the school office on 022/23506 at your earliest convenience.


Vandalism has become a regular happening in all our lives and areas these days. There are regular occurrences of varying forms not alone in larger towns and cities but in local villagesand towns in all our lives.

Buttevant has not escaped the new phenomenon and public fixtures and buildings have become victims of untoldand unnecessaryvandalism. These acts happen at various times of the day and night and show no respect for public or private property and also have no respect for life or limb.

We all need to be more vigilant and report any unusual sightings of wrong doing and report these actions to the relevant authority.

All vehicles and properties should be checked and secured before we retire for the night or vacate our homes for any length oftime.

Information received will be treated in the strictest confidence and the sender will not be identified.


It was 'Curtainup' for the annual PANTO which is promoted by 'Buttevant PANTO Club' in association with the 'Dorada School of Dance' Buttevant. This annual extravaganza is always eagerly awaited for and both participants and audiences are always waiting in anticipation for the 'Curtain Up' which took place last weekend in the local G.A.A. hall. This annual 'showcase' enthralled the audiences on both nights' the performances by the participants were full of fun frolics and frivolity.

The entertainment in the PANTO keept young and old engaged throughout the show. There was an age range of participants from the very young to the more mature entertainers.

The title of this years' offering was 'Sleeping Not So Beauty'which took to the stage to fullhouseson Friday January 31st. 2020 and Saturday February 01st.2020 respectively at 07.30 p.m. each night.

All proceeds from this years' PANTO will be donated to 'Marymount Hospice' Cork who do untold work for those people who have come to the end of their days on this earth.

Community Council

Buttevant Community Council of Muintir na Tire is currently in the process of contacting all local organisations clubs committees associations and community bodies who may have ideas, business projects, forward looking plans or innovative and creative developments industrial or commercial that would be of benefit to the community and engage in a positive dialogue with the people involved.

Buttevant Community Council has established a positive and regular communicative association with Cork County Council and Avondhu Blackwater Partnership who are two of the major governmental bodies who are there to help and provide funding and advice for those who may wish to establish business industrial or commercial or a retail establishment which if established and come to fruition may give much needed employment and be of benefit to the local community. Buttevant has received regular funding down through the years and has a positive associationwith both bodies.

Buttevant GAA Club

Buttevant G.A.A. club held their annual general meeting a week or so ago and a great attendance was evident. The officers of the club presented their end of year reports which were well received by the attendance.

The outgoing officers thanked the committee, members for their services and also thanked the players for their dedication and support for the club. The supporters and general public were also thanked for their continuing support.

The outgoing officers of the club were re-elected having done such an excellent year of work and promotion during their tenure of the previous term of office. May the club its' committee members and teams have another successful year both on the field of play and G.A.A. events in general.