Archive for October, 2015
STRICTLY COME DANCING : All roads led to the South Court Hotel on Saturday night last where the Ballybrown GAA Club and the Ballybrown Camogie Club had a joint fundraising night on the tiles with their 2015 Strictly Come Dancing competition. For the past eight weeks the competitors had been rehearsing their respective moves and now the night of reckoning had arrived. Twenty six dancers in total took part broken up into eleven teams. Liam Aherne of Live 95 fame was the M.C. and the Judges were Noreen Cusack, Nicola Quinn and Tom Ryan. David Dooley was on the mic in the green room to record the comments of the various teams. It was a very close fought contest and the winners by a whisker were Michael Byrnes and Elis Vahenomm dancing the Salsa. In second place were Paddy McCarthy and Phil Mann with the Quickstep/Jive while third spot went to a very youthful Frank Dooley, Jade Gillane, Alan Gavin and Olivia Roberts dancing freestyle. Without doubt it was a great nights entertainment and all the stars were locals who had put in tremendous time and effort over the past months rehearsing their respective dances. During the interval we were treated to more local talent with the Bennis school of Dancers, Ellie Smith, Cliodhna Hall, Roisin Musgrave and Blaithin Musgrave. John McCarthy brought the house to its feet as usual and Emma Kate Quinn and Oran Curran who came second in the All Ireland Community Games Group Singing Section closed the interval. We were also treated to a great set dancing segment by the Ballybrown set dancers. Michael Byrnes on accepting the first place prize stated that he was accepting it on behalf of all the twenty six dancers who had taken part and put their reputations on the line. Marguerite Quinn thanked everyone who had helped in any way to make the night the great success it was,the sponsors the dancers, the choreographer Bridget Harte, the hard working committee and of course the people of Ballybrown and surrounding area who turned out in great numbersu on the night.
Mons. Michael Lane stated he didn’t dance because he was not asked and Fr. Michael Cussen P.P. was delighted he wasn’t asked. Great credit to all involved for what turned out to be a brilliant night out and not a step out of place. Paddy McCarthy and John Hayes have been inundated with requests for guest appearances all over the place and the Judges are in very serious talks with Louis Walsh for to appear on the X -Factor.
Well done to the organizers and it just goes to show that there is great talent out there in Ballybrown just to be tapped into. Buala Bos.
BALLYBROWN/CLARINA COMMUNITY GAMES DRAUGHTS will be starting back on Wednesday November 4 in the Resource Centre at 7pm. It is open to both boys & girls. Everyone is welcome. We would like to be able to have teams in U10, U12, U14 & U16. There is a small charge of €1.00 per person. Training will be provided on the night, we would love if you could come along.
PIETA HOUSE WALK AND TALK : Pieta House in conjunction with the Community Council will hold a Walk and Talk in Adare on Sunday November 1 in support of Pieta House and Suicide Awareness. The walk starts at Adare Heritage Centre at 2pm with the talk in the Village Hall at 3pm.
NOVEMBER MASS FOR DECEASED PARISH MEMBERS : The annual mass for those deceased during the last year from the parish will take place on Saturday November 7 in Patrickswell Church at 6.30pm and in Ballybrown Church at 8.00pm.
THE ANNUAL CEMETARY PRAYERS will take place on the following dates:
Clounanna – November 1 at 12.30pm
Patrickswell – November 8 at 12.15pm
Castlemungret – November 15 at 2.30pm
Old Cemetery Mungret -November 15 at 3.15pm
Kilkeedy – November 15 at 11.00am.
BISHOP LEAHY VISITS BALLYBROWN : On Sunday morning last Bishop Brendan Leahy paid a visit to Ballybrown and attended the 10 o’clock mass. Afterwards he met and spoke with all the children who will be making their first communion in May 2016. He was welcomed by Fr. Michael Cussen our P. P. and by Arch Deacon Michael Lane who celebrated mass. He attended at a reception for him at the Ballybrown Resource Centre where he had plenty of time to chat and share a cup of tea with the local parishioners. Liam Coughlan, Michael McNamara and Ted O’Leary escorted him down to Newtown to see the beautiful monument “The Sailor’s Haggard” and he was amazed at the workmanship that had gone into this project. He then paid a visit to our Grotto down in Tervoe and he was equally amazed at what is termed the first Lourdes Grotto to be erected in Ireland. He has promised that he will come back to celebrate mass there in May 2016 if his diary allows. We extended a big Ballybrown welcome to Bishop Leahy and we hope that he will come to visit us again in the near future.
NOVEMBER FAIR IN RESOURCE CENTRE ON SUNDAY NOVEMBER 1 AT 10.45AM : Cake Sale – Mini Farmers Market – Face Painting – Raffle – Complimentary Refreshments Halloween Art Competition Prize Giving- Firewood and lots more. See you there !
Bishop Brendan Leahy will celebrate mass on Sunday 25th October at 10.00am in Ballybrown Church. We are delighted to have him.