Local Notes: Bridge Club News, School Graduations, Wedding Bells, and Marathon Success – Your Community

Local Notes: Bridge Club News, School Graduations, Wedding Bells, and Marathon Success – Your Community

Bridge News

The final Ballyduff/Portlaw Bridge matches were played on Monday 24th June and the results were as follows: 1st – Jeremy Fields and Anne Marie Browne; 2nd – William Tobin and Peggy Murphy; 3rd – Ann Tobin and Margaret Pragnell.

The Bridge Club is now taking its summer break and will be back in September for more great games. We wish all members a happy, relaxing and refreshing summer break.

GAA lottery

The numbers drawn in the last raffle draw were 1, 7, 9 and 11, and there was no jackpot winner. The three Lucky Dip winners of €50 each were Brendan Carberry, Brian Tyrrell and John Quinn. The next draw will be on Sunday 7th July and there is a jackpot of €12,500 to be won. Tickets are available from all club members, can be purchased online or there will be volunteer sellers at Centra, Kilmeaden on Saturday 6th July. Pick those four lucky numbers and it could be your lucky day.


Congratulations to all the Year 6 boys and girls in Ballyduff NS who graduated last week and are now enjoying their summer holidays before they move on to their chosen secondary schools in September. We hope that the memories of their years at Ballyduff NS will remain with them and that they will cherish the friendships they made there. We wish all the students and staff a very happy, safe and relaxing holiday.

Students from Ballyduff National School's Year 6 graduate.
Students from Ballyduff National School’s Year 6 graduate.

Wedding pleasure

The wedding took place last week between Ballyduff man, Stephen O’Leary and his beautiful bride, Donna Flynn. The ceremony took place at The Sacred Heart Church, The Folly and was officiated by Fr Chestnutt. After the ceremony the happy couple went to The Tower Hotel and joined their family and friends for a delicious meal and a wonderful evening of dancing and fun. We wish Stephen and Donna every happiness for the future.

Church News

If you would like to book a weekend mass for a Month’s Mind, a first anniversary mass or any other anniversary mass, please contact Linda Spillane on 087 9838392. Saturday evening mass is at 7.30pm and Sunday morning mass is at 10am.

You are cordially invited to come into the church and light a candle for a special intention you may have. Our new candlesticks are proving to be very popular. Simply put your coin in the slot and your candle will automatically light up. If you are interested in reading during mass, new readers are always welcome. Please leave your name and number in the sacristy.

Ballyduff AFC

Ballyduff AFC are currently collecting scrap metal. Items can be dropped off at their site between 10am and 8pm daily.

Please note this is for scrap metal items only, if you are unsure about your item please contact a committee member, this is a great opportunity to get rid of all your scrap metal and support your local club.

Ballyduff GAA

A reminder that bookings are now open for the annual Kellogg’s GAA Cul Camp. This year’s camp runs from 22nd to 26th July and you are advised to book your place early.

Tom Cheasty Park is a hive of activity every evening and weekend with something for every age group. If you are interested in becoming part of the club, as a player, coach, volunteer, the club is always happy to welcome new members. Check out the club’s Facebook page for details of all fixtures, training sessions etc.

This Draw

There is still time to buy your Deise ticket. The first draw will take place on 12th July. Tickets cost €100 for six draws and two thirds of the prize will remain with your club. There is over €126,000 in cash prizes to be won over the six draws. If you would like to buy a ticket through the Ballyduff club, please contact a committee member.

Viking success

Congratulations to everyone who took part in the recent Viking marathon. The dedication and commitment people put into their training and preparation is exemplary.

A special mention to our own superman Pat Fitzgerald who finished first in the half marathon. Pat puts a lot of work into his training and deserves the awards he has won. We wish him continued success.

A big shout out to all the volunteers who helped out at the water station in Kildermody, I’m sure all the participants were happy to see them and they were a great encouragement to all the participants.

Pat Fitzgerald won the Viking Half Marathon
Pat Fitzgerald won the Viking Half Marathon

Jerry Forde, from Blarney in Co. Cork, was running his 530th marathon and stopped to say hello and have his photo taken with the volunteers.

If you would like me to include any points in these notes please contact me, Linda Spillane, on 087 9838392 or [email protected]. It is great to keep up to date with what is happening in the local community.

A wish for the week

I hope you know that you have the choice to be kind.

I hope you learn from your experiences, or at least survive them.

May your busy mind find moments of rest and hope.

May your resolve be steadfast, your coffee fresh,

And may all your phone calls be text messages.