Thursday 18 July 2019

Around the districts: Ballyhea, Buttevant and Liscarroll

Ballyhea - Lotto: The lotto was held on Monday, January 28, at the Corbett Court. There was no winner of the jackpot of €1,900. The Numbers were 2, 19, 23. Lucky Dips: €50 to Eamon O'Sullivan c/o Tadhg Mortell, €30 to Jessica O'Donnell c/o Pat O'Callaghan, €20 to John Morrissey c/o Mike Morrissey, €20 to John O'Riordan c/o Noel O'Riordan, €20 to Maggie Linehan c/o Mick Copps. 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.

PROCLAMATION OF EASTER - On March 6 will fall Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the fast of the most Sacred Lenten Season. 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.

CLOYNE DIOCESAN 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.

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.

Ballyhea Goes Dancing

Tickets for Ballyhea Goes Dancing are now on sale at the school. Please contact Karen. Tickets are also available from the Charleville Park Hotel and from members of the parents' association. Don't be disappointed, get yours early. A great night is assured. Keep an eye on Ballyhea Goes Dancing Facebook page also.

GAA notes

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.

COUNTY SENIOR 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.

ALL IRELAND INTERMEDIATE CLUB HURLING - Best wishes to neighbours Charleville and local teacher Danny O'Flynn, who is the team captain in the all-Ireland Intermediate Hurling Final against Oranmore-Maree which will be played in Croke Park this weekend.

RACE NIGHT - With Cheltenham around the corner, the club's annual race night will be held on February 23 at the Corbett Court. Horses can be purchased for €20 from any member of the committee.

BENCHMARKING - The club is delighted to announce they have been awarded with the Silver Benchmarking Award 2018. This is the third year in a row Ballyhea has been awarded this. Well done to the Coaching Committee and everyone involved for all their hard work.

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

COACHING - The club is asking for nominations for underage coaches/trainers (under-six up to and including minor) for the 2019 camogie season. If you have already coached a team and would like to continue or maybe move to a different age group, please submit your name, or if you know of somebody wanting to get involved please let us know by email at New members, players and coaches are very welcome.

Men on the Move

The Ballyhea 'Men On the Move' group is up and running and is being held at 7.30 p.m. 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.

School enrolment

School Enrolment Forms for Ballyhea National School are now available to collect from the school office or by email from Any prospective parent who wishes to get further information or meet the principal are asked to call the school at 063 81086.

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.



The annual pantomime took place in Buttevant last weekend and on both nights played to an appreciative attendance. The show was full of music song and dance which helped keep the audiences enthralled throughout. No effort was spared to make this years' PANTO equal to the high standard this group is renowned for. Well done to all concerned with the production and looking forward already to next years' PANTO.


Buttevant underwent some major road and footpath development some time past which made a great difference to the appearance and general outlook of the town. Sadly, in my opinion, the condition of some areas of the main street has deteriorated since that development. The footpaths have become green with algae and grass is coming through the crevices of the pavements. Perhaps a good power-wash and a treatment of chloras would improve the condition of the pavements and restore them to their former state of cleanliness. Also, it is sad to see that there is an abundance of dog poo all over the footpaths as it appears that some animal owners are not cleaning up when their pets have done their business.

Also there is an amount of litter strewn all over the footpaths and street particularly at the weekends. The majority of this litter is as a result of people dropping the remanants of their fast-food purchases. Sadly, Buttevant has no on-street litter bins which would alleviate the problem somewhat. The bins were removed originally because people were depositing household rubbish in the bins.

The new flower and seating areas are currently serving the town well as litter deposit areas. People should be more litter conscious and take their littler home with them. Perhaps the introduction of more secure litters bins, comparable to those in other towns, would help the local litter problem.

Be vigilant

Following another spate of 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. Population in Buttevant has increased over the years and we no longer have any knowledge of or are aware of who these people are. Buttevant has become home to various shady characters and we no longer can trust everyone we do not know.

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. 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 persons acting suspiciously and also be aware of unusual activities and suspicious vehicles operating in all areas.


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 relevant dance grades. 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 around the €4800 and will continue to rise weekly until won by some lucky attendee. The games get under at 08.30p.m. and as the jackpot rises so will the number of players attending.


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 on the appointed evening.

GAA draw

The local G.A.A. club is at present promoting a €15000-Car Prize Draw in conjunction with the Cork County G.A.A. Board. This draw will be held in April -2019- and will no doubt attact a full compliment of members. Tickets sold by the local G.A.A. club will will be entered into a separate Confined Draw for the local club members. Five people will then be drawn out to partake in a final prize draw. Prizes for the draw will include prizes of -€250- to-€1500- inclusive on the appointed draw night. Draw entry tickets at -€20- can be purchased from local club members and local players. The funds raised will be used to upgrade he playing pitch and purchased the necessary items associated with the pitch and playing facilities.

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 alter

With the arrival of the extreme weather and almost arctic climatic conditions which will deteriorate as the winter season progresses 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. 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 propertymany personal possessions being de-valued by some sectors of society.


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.


Liscarroll AC

On last Saturday night at the Munster Athletics Awards Dinner, Vickie Cusack received her fifth successive Munster awards for her performances in athletics during the competition year 2018. Most people are lucky if they can get any award, but Vickie has been an exception, winning four times as a juvenile and this time as a junior athlete. Well done to her,

ANOTHER MEDAL FOR AOIFE O'SULLIVAN - On three consecutive weekends Aoife O'Sullivan has competed in the high jump competitions and won medals. First it was the Munster Juvenile indoors at under-17 when she won gold, secondly in the all-Ireland junior indoors, where she won silver and last Sunday at the AAI senior games were she won bronze. All going well she will compete at Nenagh on next Sunday in the Munster Junior Championships.

CROSS COUNTRY STILL ONGOING FOR SOME - On Friday last week, the Munster Schools cross country was held at the AAI ground, Riverstick at which one of our athletes, Isobel Kellegher competed, representing St Mary's Secondary School, Mallow. She was first girl from her school home, to lead the team into the bronze medal winning third place. She competes in the all-Ireland Championships on Saturday, March 6.

INTERESTED IN ATHLETICS? - Athletics is a combination of different events which include running sprints, middle and long distance races as well as hurdles, high jump, long jump, triple jump, steeplechase, plus throwing events such as shot put, discus, javelin and hammer, so why not come to one of our training sessions, listed below to see for yourself. You will be able to do three sessions, before you have to join the club. Ccan you master a long jump or throw things. If so, we need you, at any age between 8 and 88.

Contacts: email web: Facebook: liscarrollathletics/Facebook phone Tim or Esther at 022 48302 mobile: 087 6888591.

AVONDHU - At the Cork County Athletics Board AGM it was agreed that clubs of the North West area could reform a divisional area group to organise competitions for athletes within this area. A general meeting of all clubs within the catchment areas has been arranged for Wednesday night, February 20, in Doneraile Community Hall at 8 p.m. In the interest of athletics within the area all clubs should attend.

2019 FIXTURES - Saturday, February 9; Munster under-nine to under-11 Championships and Men's and Women's Walks - Nenagh

Sunday, February 10; Munster Junior Senior and Masters Championships at Nenagh.

Saturday, February 23, ;Munster under-12 to 19 Indoor Championships

Sunday, February 24, ;Munster under-12 to 19 Indoor Championships

Sunday, March 3;, Munster four Mile Road Championship Dundrum.

Sunday, March 10; all-Ireland Masters Indoors at Athlone.

Saturday, March 30; Day oneAll-Ireland under-12 to 19 Indoors at Athlone

Sunday, March 31; Day twoAll-Ireland under-12 to 19 Indoors at Athlone.

Saturday, April 6; Day threeAll-Ireland under-12 to 19 Indoors at Athlone

CLUB FIXTURES/EVENTS FOR 2019 - Saturday, April 20; Easter 5k Trail Run at Doneraile Park at 11 a.m. Sunday, August 11; annual Open Sports at 1 p.m.

Friday, August 16: Liscarroll 'Tom Fitzpatrick Memorial 10km plus 5km Road races.