Santa Claus Letters
Santa Claus will attend in person at the Ballydonoghue Bardic Festival Christmas event to collect all your Santa letters on Saturday, December 11th from 12 noon to 3.00pm at The Thatch. Treats, Hot Chocolate, etc. Please note that this is a free Outdoor Event. The annual BBF Christmas Raffle will take place on the day. Raffle tickets (€5 a strip, 3 for €10) are now available from committee members. Prizes are as follows; Oven-ready 16lbs Turkey, Whole Christmas Ham, €50 Voucher for The Thatch Restaurant, Home-made Christmas Cake and Pudding, Cil Tín Slate Christmas Decoration, Full Boiler Service (Daniel Riordan Plumbing), Christmas Hamper (Non-Food). The committee thank all the sponsors of prizes.
Covid-19 is still very active in the North Kerry area. HSE advice is to be constantly aware of social distancing, wear a mask, sanitise your hands and look out for one another.
St John’s Theatre
The John B Keane classic, Moll, will be staged in St John’s Theatre from tomorrow, Thursday, to Monday inclusive, Nov 25th 29th inclusive. To book, contact 068-22566.
BPM now in print
The 2021 edition of your Parish Magazine is now at the print stage. It will be on the shelves by the end of this week.
The weekly lotto continues under strict Covid-19 regulation. Jackpot is €3,000 this week. Tickets available from local shops, pubs, club officials and online. Contact any officer or player.
Ballylongford Christmas Craft Fair
Ballylongford Christmas Craft & Food Fair Sunday next, November 21st in Ballylongford Parish Hall, from 10am-5pm. Come along for some wonderful Christmas present ideas!
The death has occurred of Margaret O’Connor (Nee Brandon), Coolnalaught, Listowel. Sympathy is extended to her daughter, Jane, grandchildren, Patrick, Deirdre, Margaret and Maria, Glouria, Paul and Damien, Ballydonoghue and to their extended families.
Sympathy is extended to Tom and Marie Leane and family, Coolkeragh on the death of Marie’s sister, Eithne Doyle, Listowel.
The death occurred on Saturday last of Eily O’Connor Mills, Loughanes and London. Sympathy is extended to her brother, Gerard and Kathleen and family, Loughanes, her sisters, Sr Joan (Columban Sisters), Carmel and John Wray, Lahesrough, Bridget and family, London, Alan Bourke (US) and Greta Bourke (Dublin) and to her relatives and a wide circle of friends both here and the UK. Eily was predeceased by her sister, Mary Bourke.
GAA lotto draw
The results of the Ballyduff GAA Club weekly Lotto draw for Tuesday November 16th are as follows: The numbers drawn were 13, 22 and 28 and the Bonus Number was 8. The Lotto Jackpot of €11,900 was not won and there was €100 added to it. There was no winner of the Match Three prize of €400. The Lotto Draw tickets cost €2.50 each, with a minimum play of €5, and you must pick three numbers from 1 28 and a Bonus number from 1 10. The Jackpot starts at €10,000 and there is €100 added to it weekly if not won. There is a weekly Match 3 prize of €400 for anyone that matches the first 3 numbers without the bonus number. This prize will be shared if there’s more than one Match 3 winner. For information on the Lotto please get in touch with any Ballyduff GAA Club Officer. Please support and remember “if you are not in you can’t win’. You may also play the Lotto online at www.ballyduffgaa.com.
Masses for the week:
Wednesday 7.00pm: Martin, Julie and Jamesie O’Sullivan
Thursday 10.00am: Special Intention
Friday 7.00pm: Marie Healy Month’s Mind; Connie Healy 1st Anniversary
Saturday 6.30pm: Mass in Causeway
Sunday 11.00am: Tom, Thomas and Patrick Burke
Reader: Sunday November 28th 11.00am Seán Quinlan
Divine Mercy Devotions: every Sunday 3.00pm.
Ministers Of the Eucharist: Sunday November 28th 11.00am: Mary O’Sullivan/Phyllis Supple/Mike Guerin
Eucharist Adoration: every Thursday 10.15am 11.30am
November Lists: Names on the lists will be remembered at all Masses during November Face Masks: MUST be worn at all Masses and Services. Online Theology Open Evening: Priory Institute provides online courses to degree level Thursday, 2nd December. For more information email email@example.com Christmas Mass Bouquets: Now available in the Parish Office
Confirmation 2022: Wednesday 23rd March 3.30pm. in Ballyduff Church. Please note this is a provisional date and is subject to change due to Covid 19.
Covid 19 Booster Vaccine
The Booster vaccine is now being offered at Ballyduff Pharmacy for Healthcare workers, those over 60 and those classed as having underlying conditions. It must be 5 months since your second vaccine. 1st/2nd doses are also available. The vaccines are free. Next clinic Thursday, 25th November. Contact 7131111 for an appointment.
The Envy Clothing Pop-Up Shop will be held at Bud’s Resource Centre, Ballyduff on Friday November 26th from 4.00pm to 9.00pm and on Saturday November 27th from 10.00am to 4.00pm. Please stop by for a browse and some Christmas cheer.
Ramblers Golf Society
The Ramblers Golf Society held their latest outing to Dooks Golf Club on Saturday last and 26 members and guests teed it up and those to all of them.
The results are as follows: Category A 1st Mark Condon 38pts 2nd - Mark Culhane 36pts Category B 1st - Stephen Goggin 2nd - Ivan Lucid 33pts. Guest Prize John Joe O’Connor 37pts
The Society would like to thank Pádraig “Budgie” Harrington for kindly sponsoring this outing. The prize giving ceremony will be held at a later date.
Christmas Craft Fair
The Christmas Craft Fair will take place in the Community Centre, Ballyduff, on this Sunday November 28th from 11.00am to 5.00pm. To book a table please contact Betty on (087)6403152.
A Better Ballyduff
A Better Ballyduff would like to thank both Kerry County Council and the Department of Rural and Community Development for their funding of €1000 under the Community Enhancement Programme 2020. The money will go to signage for walks around the village and surrounding area. Book Launch:
A book on the History of Ardfert Creamery and Branches by James O’ Loughlin will be launched at Ballyroe Hotel on Friday the 3rd of December at 7.30pm. All are welcome.
St. Brendans A.C.
8K Run: The club is pleased to announce the inaugural Tom Kelly 8K Run on January 16th 2022 in Ardfert. The run will be in honour of club founding member Tom Kelly who passed away in 2020. Details will be announced shortly.
Awards Night: The St Brendan’s AC Awards Night for all members will be held on Friday, December 3rd in Ardfert Community Centre. It will be organised under Covid guidelines.
Training Schedule: Monday: Ballyheigue Hall for sportshall athletics 6.000pm - 7.00pm for U8/U9 and 7.00pm - 8.00pm for U10/U11. Wednesday: strength and conditioning for U12-U18 in Ardfert Comm Centre 6.15pm-7.15pm. Fit4life group (adults) Monday: speed session in Ardfert and Wednesday Dunloe Hardman Challenge on Sunday and David Butler who came 13th in the senior category. The Munster Masters cross country championships will be held in Clarecastle, Co Clare on this coming Sunday and St Brendan’s will be represented in a number of age categories. Entries are accepted up to Thursday evening. Also, in action on Saturday in the Clonakilty Half Marathon will be Ursula Barrett, Marie Louise Sheehy and Margaret Carlin. Good luck to all.
Action in parkrun: Linda O’Sullivan was presented with her award for 50 park runs and Jamie O’Sullivan became a member of the junior 10 club in parkrun. Aoife Aylward was awarded her Ultra Wristband for completing 50 junior park runs. A variety of the club’s athletes were involved in parkrun in a number of locations over the weekend.
Club contact Secretary Moira on 087 7985557 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ballyheigue GAA lotto draw was held at the GAA Clubroom last Tuesday evening. The winning numbers were 2, 23, 25 and 30. There was no winner of the jackpot. The winning tickets for the €25 prize drawn were John Paul O’Halloran and Laura Dunne. The third ticket out was for Tadhg Carroll and will be entered into the special Christmas draw.
The jackpot will be € 3,100 next week. Ballyheigue GAA lotto is now available online on play.clubforce.com. The online system will give the subscriber a number of play options.
Thank you for your support.
Split the Bucket
The draw took place on 16th November at the Clubrooms. Congratulations to our winner Sandra Breen Envelopes are available at local business premises.
Thank you to all our players for your continued support and the businesses who facilitate the sale of envelopes.
All funds collected are spent exclusively on juvenile teams. Your continued support is greatly appreciated.
Best of luck to Stephen Harty who travels to Navan this weekend to represent Kerry in the under 12 Cross Country Relay team National Finals. We wish Stephen and his teammates the best of luck.
A book on the History of Ardfert Creamery and Branches 1895-1972 by James O’ Loughlin will be launched at Ballyroe Hotel on Friday the 3rd of December at 7.30pm.
This book will be of huge interest to the many Ballyheigue people that supplied milk to the Creamery. All are welcome.
Ballyheigue Family Resource Centre
Improvers/Beginners computer class every Thursday evening 7pm-9pm at the Family Resource Centre. This class is aimed at anyone who wishes to improve their computer skills.
For more information or to book a place please call Marion 085 1660028
Covid 19 Booster Vaccinations
Pfizer Covid 19 booster Vaccinations will be available from Brassil’s Pharmacy from the 27th November. Pease phone 066 7133112 or 089 4612653 to book an appointment.
Our 2021 AGM was held on Friday the 19th of November. Chairman Ernest Hanly opened the meeting by thanking all officers, coaches and club referees for their work and commitment throughout the year. There was a massive increase in the number of girls playing camogie with Causeway this year. This was fantastic to see as our club continues to grow. The astro pitch was used every week for our U6 and U8 girls and it was great to see such big numbers turning up every week. Thanks to all their coaches and mentors for their commitment. This year a lot of our young adult camogie players turned their hand to coaching the U10 and U12 teams which was fantastic for all. Our underage players participated in lots of games throughout the summer both at home and away.
These were very enjoyable experiences for all involved. Thanks to the large number of girls playing camogie this year, we were able to field U10, 2@U12, 2@U14, 2@U15, U16, Minor and Junior teams. This ensured that all our players got plenty of game time. Thanks to the parents for ensuring that the girls made training and their matches. It was an action packed few months with plenty of competitions for all the girls with lots of silverware coming back to the club. As a club we have been very lucky to have dedicated trainers and mentors who turn up every week. Sometimes 2 nights a week, sometimes more. Without trainers a club wouldn’t survive. From our U6 to Juniors trainers a big thank you, you are very much appreciated by the players, parents and officers of the club. U12 Div 1 Shield Winners U14 Div 1 Cup Winners U15 Div 2 Feile Winners U16 Div 1 Shield Winners
Minor Winners Our thanks to Limerick Camogie for allowing our Junior team to play in your Summer League. This was massive for the club as it ensured our older girls got plenty of games.
2021 was the year that our club launched its crest. Thanks to Ann, Tee, Helena and Philip Tindall of Easy Designs for their work on this project. Our thanks to Stacy O’Sullivan, Premier Clinic for sponsoring a set of jerseys with our new club crest and for her continued support of our club.
For the first time the club has an online shop with Azzuri for all your club gear. While the club scene was very busy, our girls also donned the green and gold of the county teams. It was great to see so many of our girls play on the Kerry U14, U16, Minor and Intermediate team. Ernest thanked Causeway GAA for their continued support of our club. Ernest also acknowledged the work of the Kerry Camogie Board and thanked them for their support. 2022 promises to be a very exciting year for the club with lots to look forward to.
We would like to welcome two new officers to the club, Tom Bowler (Ballyheigue), Vice Chairman and Sinead Fealy, Registrar. Chairman: Ernest Hanly Vice Chairman: Tom Bowler Secretary: Ann Kearney Treasurer: Catherine Burke PRO: Tee Reil O’ Connor Registrar: Sinead Fealy Children’s Officer: Kim Stokes Development: Tee Reil O’Connor Delegates to Co. Board: TBC