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The lotto was held on Mon­day, Novem­ber 26, at the Idle Hour. There was no win­ner of the jack­pot of €1,500. The Num­bers were 17, 27, 30. Lucky Dips: €50 to Teresa Bowles Daly c/o He­len O’Sul­li­van, €30 to John Dun­don c/o Ea­mon Dun­don, €20 to Bernie Crow­ley c/o Bernie Crow­ley, €20 to Ea­mon Dun­don c/o Ea­mon Dun­don, €20 to Eily Finn c/o Idle Hour. You can play the lot­tery on­line @lo­cal­ and thank you for your con­tin­ued sup­port.


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 mc­n­ Fam­ily and friends over­seas might like to log into this web­site to see the Par­ish Masses and what is hap­pen­ing in the Par­ish Church. Over the next few weeks, we hope to move to the next phase which is to pro­vide a con­nec­tion for the sick and house­bound. En­quiries about the con­nec­tion can be made in the sac­risty or to 086 3016859.

CHURCH COL­LEC­TIONS – On the Sun­days that there are two col­lec­tions, the church door col­lec­tion will be taken up at the of­fer­tory and the spe­cial col­lec­tion will be taken up af­ter Holy Com­mu­nion.

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 – Work has com­menced on the mak­ing of new win­dows for the church. The first win­dow has been in­stalled and and the next two win­dows are be­ing in­stalled at present. The new win­dows will be 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.

IR­ISH CATHOLIC – The Ir­ish Catholic news­pa­per and the Catholic View are on sale in the porch of the church. The Ir­ish Catholic is priced at €1.80 and the Catholic View is €1.

CAT­E­CHISM ON­LINE – The Cat­e­chism of the Catholic Church can be viewed on this web page vat­i­ p8.htm.


The Christ­mas an­nual will be avail­able for sale shortly. If any­one wishes to re­ceive a copy, please con­tact the Sacristan.


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. Any con­struc­tive com­ments are wel­come.


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: go­


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.


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 ire­land/bal­ly­hea-GAA.html

IN­STA­GRAM – The club can now be fol­lowed on In­sta­gram. To see the lat­est club pic­tures go to bal­ly­hea­gaa­club.

WOOLLY HATS – With the cold weather upon us it’s time for the woolly hats again and what bet­ter than one of th­ese new club hats with the Bal­ly­hea GAA crest. Con­tact John Mortell 086 3893053. Price €10.

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 co­lais­te­na­

JU­VE­NILE GAA CHRIST­MAS DRAW – Tick­ets are now on sale for the Christ­mas draw. Tick­ets are €5 each or a book of three for €10. The draw will take place in the Corbett Court on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 14, IN­DOOR HURL­ING – In­door hurl­ing for 11, 12, 13- and 14-year-olds will take place ev­ery Mon­day evening at 7.30 p.m. in the new al­ley.

BEST OF LUCK – Best of luck to Michael Byrne, who is run­ning for the po­si­tion of Mun­ster Coun­cil Del­e­gate in the up­com­ing County Board Elec­tions.


Con­grat­u­la­tions to Jane Fo­ley, who has been se­lected for the Cork un­der-16 team for 2019.

CLUB AGM – The camo­gie club an­nual gen­eral meet­ing will be held on De­cem­ber 8 at 8.15 p.m. af­ter Mass in the GAA Hall. Please for­ward nom­i­na­tions for the com­mit­tee to the sec­re­tary bal­ly­[email protected]­

We al­ways wel­come new mem­bers to the com­mit­tee or if you just want to come to sup­port the club then please feel free to do so.


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. will be held on this Sun­day De­cem­ber 07th. 2018 in Saint Marys’ Church But­te­vant with all the lo­cal mu­si­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions and schools par­tic­i­pat­ing.


The an­nual rec­on­cil­i­a­tion ser­vice for the Christ­mas sea­son will be held on Mon­day De­cem­ber 17th. 2018 also in the lo­cal church.


But­te­vant Com­mu­nity Coun­cil held their “Christ­mas Street Mar­ket” to cel­e­brate the fes­tive sea­son of 2018 on Sun­day last un­der dif­fi­cult weather con­di­tions. There were nu­mer­ous stalls po­si­tioned through­out the Main Street area of the town dis­play­ing all types of prod­ucts goods and fes­tive fayre whose own­ers worked un­der ex­treme in­clement con­di­tions. There was lots of en­ter­tain­ment through­out the af­ter­noon for which all par­tic­i­pants are to com­mended for their ef­forts.

There was face-paint­ing, “Paw Pa­trol” and “The In­cred­i­bles” car­toon char­ac­ters present and there was also Christ­mas Dance Demos” “an en­ter­tain­ing ma­gi­cian and an ex­cit­ing “Christ­mas Trea­sure Hunt” for the younger gen­er­a­tion. “Santa” was also around on the day meet­ing and greet­ing ev­ery­body. Some of the lo­cal busi­nesses and traders also opened for the oc­ca­sion which added ex­tra sparkle to the oc­ca­sion.


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 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 dif­fer­ent grades.

The dance school in con­junc­tion with “The Panto club” will hold its an­nual “Panto” on Fri­day Fe­bru­ary 01st. 2019 and Satur­day Fe­bru­ary 2nd in the lo­cal G.A.A. hall.

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 €3700 and will con­tinue to rise ac­cord­ingly. The games get un­der at 8.30p.m.


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.


With the ar­rival of the dark win­ter evenings and prob­a­ble in­climi­nent weather con­di­tions do 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.


Sym­pa­thy is ex­tended to those who have suf­fered a be­reave­ment or per­sonal loss re­cently.


Well wishes go to those who are ill at home or in hospi­tal at this time.

Happy smiles from St. Col­man’s Boys School pupils Paddy Dug­gan, Eoghan O’ Ke­effe, Matthew Deady and Naglis Vaitada who were the over­all win­ners in the IRD Duhal­low Pri­mary Schools Pub­lic Speak­ing Com­pe­ti­tion. The boys were pre­sented with their prizes by Coun­cil­lor Gearóid Mur­phy who is a mem­ber of the IRD Board.

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