Around the districts: Ballyhea, Cill na Martra, Mourneabbey
Ballyhea: Church news - Mass times - Morning Mass will be celebrated at 10am till Saturday, January 11, There will be Adoration and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament on Thursday after 10am. Mass till 11am.
Confessions will be heard before the Vigil Mass on Saturday evening.
MONTH OF JANUARY - The month of January is dedicated to the Holy Name of Jesus. Feast days for the coming week - Thursday the ninth: St Adrian, Abbot Friday the 10th: St Agatho. Saturday the 11th: St Alexander.
A WORD OF THANKS - Very many thanks to all for their Christmas offerings and for your support of the parish throughout the year.
Thanks also to the Altar servers, the Extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, the Organist, choir, Folk Group, the Altar Society, Readers, Collectors and those who count the money, those who clean and maintain the church, the Catechist and the Sacristan.
Collectors for month of January - 7.30 p.m. (Vigil) Kay O'Mahony, 8.30 a.m. Phil Ryan, 11 a.m. Donie O'Sullivan, Dave Ryan.
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, December 23, at the Idle Hour. There was no winner of the jackpot of €3,300. The Numbers were 20, 24, 26. Lucky dips: €30 Joe O'Halloran c/o Denis MacNamara, €30 Cali Copps, c/o David Copps, €30 Derek Mackessy c/o Online. You can play the lottery online @locallotto.ie 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.
POC FADA - The annual Ballyhea GAA Poc Fada took place on St Stephen's Day. It was another great day with a wonderful turnout.
Winners of Adult Competition: Ryan Hanley, Luke Hanley and Kieran Morrissey with 39 shots, Runners-up: David Copps, Seán O'Kelly, Jamie Copps with 41 shots. Over 40 winners: Neil Ronan, Stephen Dennehy, Brian Fitzgibbon with 42 shots. The presentation took place in the Idle Hour Bar with Ava Mortell presenting the Dicko Mortell Memorial Shield to the winners. Seán Kenny of the Idle Bar presented the trophies to the other various winners.
Under-14 winners: Conor Horan, Conor Gilligan, Róisín Walsh with 35 shots. under-14 runners-up: Joseph Hickey, Tiernan Walsh, Danny Mac.
Namara with 40 shots. Juvenile Club chairman Tom Crowley presented the under-14 trophies in the club Pavilion. Thanks to everyone that took part or marked or helped out in any way. Thanks to Ger O'Shea, who looked after the registering of teams. Thanks to the Idle Hour for sponsoring the trophies.
PRESENTATION NIGHT - The club held its presentation night at the Corbett Court on Sunday, December 29, which was very well attended. The first presentation was to the recently married couples in the club. Bernadette and Martin Moloney, Ciarán and Sarah O'Regan, Timmy and Joanne Shanahan, Michael and Michaela Morrissey, Maurice and Jacklyn O'Sullivan, Trevor and Deirdre O'Sullivan, Owen and Ciara O'Sullivan, Edward and Michelle Rea.
Chair Michael Morrissey then made a presentation to Jamie Copps, who was part of the Cork under-20 hurling team which reached the all-Ireland Final in 2019 and to John Mortell, who was the Cork under-21 Selector in 2018 and under-20 Selector in 2019, both sides reaching the all-Ireland final. Club president Jerome O'Keeffe presented the North Cork Junior B Hurling Championship cup to the Junior Hurlers. The backroom team of Darran Ronan, Eamon Morrissey, Jonathan O'Sullivan, Michael O'Mahony, Noel O'Riordan and Audrey Morrissey were also acknowledged for their contributions.
The Ryan Memorial Club Hall of Fame Award was then presented to Neil Ronan Snr by Ellen Copps and Jerome O'Keeffe. Jerome gave a run down on Neil's playing career. Neil has given a lifetime of service to Ballyhea as a Player and Trainer. He won North Cork Junior Hurling medals in 1975 and 1976. County Junior in 1976 and County Intermediate in 1980. He had a tremendous year at Corner Back in the Centenary year of 1984 when Ballyhea reached the County Senior Final but lost out to a star-studded St Finbarr's outfit. Neil with Johnny Rea trained the under-14 hurlers to their first underage county title in 1967 and has coached in every grade in the club. In 2019 he was part of the management team which won the minor and under-16 Rebel Og North Cork Plate Competitions. Thanks to Helen O'Sullivan, Ger O'Shea and Mike Morrissey for organising the presentations.
Thanks to the club president Jerome O'Keeffe for making the presentations. Thanks to everyone who helped make the night a success. Best of luck to all the teams in the club in the year ahead and hopefully will be celebrating success in 2020.
JUVENILE PRESENTATION NIGHT - The Juvenile section recently held its presentation evening in the club Pavilion for under-sixes up to under-18. Rebel Og North Cork Medals were presented to the under-12 league winners, under-14, under-16 and under-18 plate winners and 2018 Minor League winners. Club president Jerome O'Keeffe presented all the players with their medals in front of a large attendance. Thanks to everyone that helped out on the night.
BALLYHEA GAA DOES STRICTLY - Ballyhea GAA Club will be swopping the hurling pitch for the dance floor on March 14 Plans are currently been drawn up for the event under the guidance of Noel O'Riordan. Anyone interested in dancing or helping out in any way should contact Noel. The lineout is nearly finalised so if you are interested in dancing contact Noel as soon as possible.
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 oneills.com/shop-by-team/GAA/ireland/ballyhea-GAA.html
INSTAGRAM - The club can now be followed on Instagram. To see the latest club pictures go to ballyheagaaclub.
Active Age party
The Active Age Party will be held on Saturday, January 11, at the Golf Club.
Ballyhea Community Council wish to thank everyone for their loyal support and wish all a peaceful New Year.
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 is back and will be held 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.
Speeding is still continuing to be an issue through the parish so please be aware of the speed limit of 60km.
Cill na Martra
Aisling an tSeanduine
Aisling an tSeanduine is the title of a Scoraíocht like show being staged by Craobh Lachtain Naofa of Comhaltas in the Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Bhúirne on Friday, January 17, at 8 p.m. It is an opportunity for locals to see this winning show with a cast of 40 plus before they head to Caiseal to compete in the all-Ireland Comhaltas Finals at the end of the month.
As the show features the best of Múscraí's music, song, dance and storytelling performed by both old and young, it is no surprise that they are county and Munster champions. As seating is limited at the Ionad, it is advised to book a seat by ringing 45733.
Nior aimsigh uimhreacha 1ná three ná 21 ná 31 aon buaiteoir don phota óir oll-mhór le €20,000 ann ar an Luan seo chaite sa Chrois. €100: Pádraig de Brún agus Jabba, Cill na Martra. Díoltóir: Jo, c/o Mons. €50: Shane Breathnach, Lios Buí Mór. €20: Muintear Uí UIdhir, Lios Buí Beag. €20: Laura Ní Chróinín, Ceann Droma. €20: Shane Ó Duinnín, Carraig a Phúca.
Annual Ball Run
Lovely sunshine favoured the St Stephen's Day annual Ball Run down Cathair Daithi, hosted by the Cumann Peile.
The big crowd shouted at and coaxed their ball but the winners of the cash prizes were Sarah Jane Uí Chonaill, Na Cula, Greg Mag Uidhir, Cathair Céirín, Cáit and Christy Ring, Carraig an Ime. Míle comhghairdeas.
Monthly music session
The first Monthly Music Session of 2020 at Murray's, Macroom will be on this Tuesday, January 14, As always, it will be hosted by Acadh Aidhneach and Craobh Lachtaín Naofa branches of Comhaltas and all are most welcome.
Beidh an chéad Ciorcal Caionte de 2020 ar siúl ar an Déardaoin seo, 9ú Eanair sa Leabharlann, Maigh Chromtha ag 11: 30rn. Tá go leor cainte, nuacht agus caidreamh cómh maith le tae agus rudaí deasa geallta. Mar sin, bí ann gan teip.
Dare to go bare
Many congratulations to Connie Cronin, Cloch Aidhneach along with her old neighbours in Inse Gheimleach, who had a head shave, beard shave and waxing in Creedons at the end of December in aid of Cork Penny Dinners. Donations have already passed €2,000 but the go-fund page is still open for late donations.
Beidh an chéad babhta eile de Labhair Linn sa Leabharlann, Baile Bhúirne ar an Aoine, 17ú Eanair ag 10: 30rn. Cuirfidh an ceannaire, Fionn fáilte is fiche roimh gach éinne le cúpla focal.
Defibrillator at Mons
Fundraising is ongoing to secure a Defibrillator at Mons. A substantial amount has already been collected but as always, the final furlong is the hardest. A final appeal is being made for a few more donations and hopefully, we will see this welcome piece of equipment on display shortly.
There will be a night to Mark former parish priest Fr Joe O'Keeffe time in Mourneabbey next Friday night at 7.30 p.m. in the community centre.
Mourneabbey Community Council
The DVD of 'Swipe right for Mourneabbey' is available to purchase from Derrys and the Hill Bar and the community council for €10.
Clyda Rovers GAA
LOTTO - January 3. Numbers 9, 13, 20, 27. Spot Prizes: €50 Francis Lane, Mallow; €30 Aoife Sinéad and Shay O'Hanlon, Ballyknockin; €20 John Dorgan, Island; €20 Kayla Dennehy, Gortnagaeligh; €20 Pat Moynihan, Rathduff; Next lotto jackpot €4,050, draw in Derry's January 10.
If anyone would like to sign up for the year as prepay please contact any member of the committee. This includes the option of being set up as Direct Debit.
VICTORY SOCIAL - A night to mark the winning of the North Cork Junior A hurling championship and the Minor Division 1 North Cork Football double in 2019 will take place on Saturday, January 11, in the Hibernian Hotel. Tickets are €20 and available from any committee member. There will be a buffet and live music.
2019 COUNTY FINAL DATE FIXED - The date for the 2019 Minor final versus Newcestown has been fixed for Sunday, January 19. We will confirm the venue and time next week.
PUC FADA - Thanks to all who supported the Puc Fada on St Stephen's days. We had a great crowd and will be making presentations to two great charities - Crumlin Hospotal and Liam's Lifts in the coming weeks.