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 @locallotto.ie 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.
PARISH/SCHOOL GENERAL PURPOSES AREA.
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.
ACTIVE AGE CHRISTMAS PARTY
The annual Active Age Christmas party will take place on Saturday, January 19, in Charleville Golf Club.
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 fionnbarry.com website or if you wish to make a donation the link is: gofundme.com/FightForFionn
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.
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 colaistenamumhan.ie.
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.
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 DANCE SCHOOL
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.