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The lotto was held on Tues­day, Jan­uary 1, at the Cor­bett Court. There was no win­ner of the jack­pot of €1,700. The Num­bers were 26, 39, 40. Lucky Dips: €50 to Jack O’Re­gan c/o Mike Copps, €30 to Adrian Cormi­con Gal­way c/o Cost­cut­ter, €20 to Danny O’Brien Don­eraile c/o John O’Brien, €20 to An­thony Nash Kil­brin c/o Cor­bett Court, €20 to Ol­lie Mor­ris­sey c/o Ger O’Shea. You can play the lot­tery on­line @lo­cal­ and thank you for your con­tin­ued sup­port. Church news

A WORD OF THANKS – Very many thanks to all for their Christ­mas of­fer­ings and for sup­port of the par­ish through­out the year. Thanks also to the Al­tar Servers, the Ex­tra­or­di­nary Min­is­ters of Holy Com­mu­nion, the Or­gan­ist, the 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.

PROCLA­MA­TION OF EASTER – Know, dear brothers and sis­ters that, as we have re­joiced at the Na­tiv­ity of Our Lord Je­sus Christ, so by leave of God’s Mercy we an­nounce to you also the joy of his Res­ur­rec­tion, who is Our Saviour. 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.

JAN­UARY SICK CALLS – The Sick Calls will be at­tended to on Fri­day, Jan­uary 18, for the East side of the par­ish and Satur­day, Jan­uary 19, for the West side.


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.


The an­nual Ac­tive Age Christ­mas party will take place on Satur­day, Jan­uary 19, in Charleville Golf Club.


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:


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.

HAPPY NEW YEAR – Bal­ly­hea GAA would like to wish all the Play­ers, Mem­bers, Pa­trons, and Sup­port­ers a very happy New Year. Hope­fully 2019 will be a suc­cess­ful one for all please God.

CHRIST­MAS DRAW – Re­sults: First Ham­per An­thony Nash Cor­bett Court, se­cond Ham­per Brid­get Fitzgib­bon, third Tim­ber to Sarah Sex­ton, fourth Ham­per to Tommy Mac.

Na­mara, fifth Ham­per to Pat O’Cal­laghan, sixth Christ­mas Cake to Katie Fitzger­ald, sev­enth Brandy to Wil­lie Mur­phy, eighth Whiskey to Fionn Ro­nan, ninth Whiskey to Jonathan O’Neill, 10th Wine to Shane Hunter, 11th Choco­lates to An­nie Browne, 12th Bis­cuits to Ea­mon O’Sul­li­van, 13th Cream Liquor to Diar­muid O’Shaugh­nessy, 14th Pre­serve Ham­per to Maeve Codd, 15th Wine to John Fo­ley. Pro­moter Prizes: Mike Mor­ris­sey and Liam Crow­ley. Thanks to every­one who sold or pur­chased tick­ets for the draw. Your sup­port in mak­ing the draw a suc­cess is greatly ap­pre­ci­ated.

POC FADA – The an­nual Bal­ly­hea GAA Poc Fada took place on St Stephen’s Day. Re­sults: Adult Win­ners – Michael Mor­ris­sey, John Mor­ris­sey and Mau­rice O’Sul­li­van 38 shots. Run­ners-up – Seán, Jack and Jor­dan Mor­ris­sey 39 shots. Third – Neil Ro­nan, Stephen Den­nehy and Brian Fitzgib­bon 39 shots. Over 40 Win­ners – Ea­mon, Seán and Aidan Crow­ley 45 shots.

Ju­ve­nile Win­ners – Dion Curtin, Ash­ling Walsh and Pa­trick Daly. Run­ners-up – Joseph Hickey, Seán Byrne, Jack Mortell, Eoghan Ho­ran.

Thanks to every­one who took part, marked and helped in any way. Thanks to tro­phy spon­sors the Idle Hour Bar. Thanks also to every­one that do­nated to the Fight For Fionn fund col­lec­tion.

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


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.


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. 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 proble.


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 or where these new res­i­dents come from. But­te­vant has be­come home to var­i­ous shady char­ac­ters and we no longer can trust those whom 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 sus­pi­cious per­sons act­ing suspiciously and also be aware of un­usual ac­tiv­i­ties and sus­pi­cious ve­hi­cles op­er­at­ing in all ar­eas.

But­te­vant needs a reg­u­lar Garda pres­ence in the area as con­tact­ing Mal­low Garda sta­tion is not suf­fi­cient or rapidly re­spon­sive enough when crime is be­ing com­mit­ted.


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 €20,000 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.


But­te­vant’s an­nual drama oc­ca­sion was con­spic­u­ous and very much missed by the ab­sence of the an­nual pre­sen­ta­tion from the lo­cally based drama group “The Fri­ary Play­ers”. This group of tal­ented thes­pi­ans al­ways de­liv­ered some ex­cel­lent pro­duc­tions through­out the years and are to be com­mended for their on-stage ac­tiv­i­ties. Putting on reg­u­lar pro­duc­tions can be and is time-con­sum­ing for all con­cerned es­pe­cially when the par­tic­i­pants are ama­teurs and also have to hold down “daily em­ploy­ment” and are also fam­ily ori­en­tated. Per­haps in the fu­ture the group will re­turn with what is sure to be more mem­o­rable oc­ca­sions.


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 1st and Satur­day Fe­bru­ary 2nd in the lo­cal G.A.A. hall. No doubt this new year pro­duc­tion will be up-to-the­groups’ top class per­for­mance. 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 €4000and will con­tinue to rise weekly un­til won by some lucky at­tendee. The games get un­der way at 8.30p.m. and as the jack­pot rises so will the num­ber of play­ers at­tend­ing.


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 0860209477 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.

Kil­brin GAA Hall of Fame re­cip­i­ent Neilly O’Sul­li­van pic­tured with fam­ily con­nec­tions at the Kil­brin GAA Club func­tion.

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