Wednesday 20 March 2019

Around the districts: Ballyhea, Freemount and Kilcorney-Dromtariffe

Heather O’Connell, Ballyclough, and Cathal Shine, Meelin, were at the Duhallow Hunt Ball in Springfort Hall Hotel
Heather O’Connell, Ballyclough, and Cathal Shine, Meelin, were at the Duhallow Hunt Ball in Springfort Hall Hotel

Ballyhea - Lotto: The lotto was held on Monday, February 4, at the Idle Hour. There was no winner of the jackpot of €1,950. The Numbers were 12, 17, 27. Lucky Dips: €50 to May Mortell c/o John Mortell, €30 to Nicole Murphy c/o David Copps, €20 to Geraldine MacNamara c/o Denis MacNamara, €20 to Denis Crean c/o the Idle Hour, €20 to Ted McEniry c/o the Corbett Court. You can play the lottery online and thank you for your continued support.

Church news

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.

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.

School/parish hall

Our readers will be pleased to learn that Cork County Council has granted planning permission for the New School/Community Hall on January 31.

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.

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

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.

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

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.


45 Drive

The weekly 45 Drive was well attended on Sunday night last. The following is a list of the lucky winners:- First prize went to:-1 Con Foley, Freemount and Denis Barrett, Banteer. 2 Maureen Vaughan, and Eileen O'Sullivan, Kanturk. 3 Dan Murphy, and Ger O'Callaghan, Freemount.The best Ladies team was :-Mai and Maura Burke, Broadford. The Gents prize was won by:-Tim and Ted Murphy, Newmarket.

The Mixed Prize was won by:-Pat and Maureen O'Connor, Churchtown., Table Prize was won by:-Jack Murphy,and Partner ,Freemount. The following won Raffle prizes :-1 Ben O'Sullivan, Freemount. 2 Ted Murphy, Newmarket.3 Tim Murphy,, Newmarket.4 Denis Barrett, Banteer 5 Jack Murphy, Freemount.

The next 45 drive will be on this Sunday night February 17th at See you all on Sunday night and bring a friend. You can be on the road home at 10pm.

Around the Fireside

The next programme of Around the Fireside will be broadcast on C103 Local Radio on Monday night next February 18th..2019 ,we have Patsy Herlihy and a group from Sliabh Luachra Country back again at 10.06pm.. This is another great programme of Around the Fireside not to be missed. Make sure you tune in on Monday night next February 18th.

Thursday Club

The Thursday Club get together is on this Thursday February 14th at 2pm.As usual everybody welcome. No birth cert needed.

Art classes

The weekly Art class will commenced in The Heritage Centre on Tuesday night last February 12th.8pm. To 10pm. You can still this class by coming along on Tuesday night nest at 8pm.


Our new music and singing programme commenced on Wednesday January The Heritage Centre at the usual time. .

COUNTY FLEADH CHEOIL - This year The County Fleadh Cheoil will be held in Dunmanway on April 26th, 27th,and 28th.2019. Please note change of date. Members and parents are reminded that all entries for The Fleadh must be handed into the Comhaltas rúnaí,with entry fees before March 8th.The same closing date applies to dancing entries.

The dancing competition will take place in Dunmanway on Monday May 6th. ( bank holiday)

Heart Foundation collection

The annual Church gate collection in aid of The Heart Foundation will be taken up before Mass at St. Michael's Church Freemount on this Sunday February 17th. Your generosity would be much appreciated.

Rainfall 2018

The total rainfall recorded at The Allow Water Supply Station in Freemount for 2018 was 1.189m.There was no rain recorded for 23 consecutive days from June 21st. To July 13th.Total rainfall for June was 16.5 mm.July 29.5mm. and August 48.1mm.

Overall January and December were the wettest months.Total rainfall for January was 226.8mm. And rainfall for December was 207.3mm.The wettest day was April 5th.with a total rainfall of 33.00mm.recorded in 24 hours,.

G.A.A. news

WEEKLY LOTTO - Results For January 20th. The numbers drawn last week-end were:2-14-27-34. There was no Jackpot winner. Lucky Dip winners were:-1 Angie Clancy,Freemount 2 Ryan O'Callaghan, Knockanglass East,Freemount. 3 Joe Daly, Dromanig,,Tullylease, 4 Anna O'Flynn, Mallow.. 5 Martha Brennan, Ballybahallow,, Freemount. Jackpot this week €1700

SCÓR SINSEAR - Congratulations to our local Scór dancers who competed in The recent Duhallow Scór final and were placed 2nd.

They were unlucky not to qualify for the County Final.They were Adrian Nagle, and Susan Feehan, Michéal and Fiona Walsh,Edel Browne, and Gerard Withers ,Nicholas O'Connor and Deirdre Lenihan.

Macra news

Well done to our Senior debaters of Noirín and Breda Stritch, Conor Judge and Sheila O'Flynn who competed in the Quarter finals of the competition on Saturday night last. Unfortunately,they were unsuccessful on the night against Portlaoise Macra. Thanks to the team for their hard work and to their coaches and supporters

Our social night continued on Thursday night with a trip to the Planet in Blackpool for bowling. Thanks to all who attended. Tune in to our facebook page for this week's event..

We hosted the Avondhu regional meeting on Monday night last. Thanks to all who attended and helped out on the night

A group from the club entertained the patients in Kanturk hospital on Sunday last with music and song.

The regional round of basketball will take place this Sunday in Mallow. If you are interested in taking part contact us on 087 0969654

New members always welcome. Contact us on the number above or through our facebook page


Items for these notes should be with the correspondent each Monday night before 8pm .E-Mail


Bowling notes

Denis Horgan Bowling Club-Winter Competitions-Dean Sexton and Danny Murphy had a bowl of odds to spare over Ned Kelleher and Aaron Mackey and had a similar win over Eugene O Sullivan and Mikie McAuliffe. Joanne Murphy and Mikie McAuliffe had a bowl of odds win over Maurice Cashman and John Breen. Eugene O Sullivan and Aaron Mackey and John Breen beat Ned Kelleher and Joanne Murphy and Mikie McAuliffe by a metre. Aaron Mackey and Danny Murphy and Joanne Murphy beat Maurice Cashman and Mikie McAuliffe and John Breen by a bowl of odds.