SALESIAN COLLEGE, PALLASKENRY ACTIVE WEEK : Salesian College are hosting a 5km run on Thursday, May 5. All pupils from all years are taking part in the event. Pupils have been following a Couch to 5k programme in physical education (PE) classes for the past 8 weeks. They have also completed part of their training programme outside of school. The run will take place around Pallaskenry and is being organised and run by our transition year students in conjunction with the PE Department. This is the culmination of a two-week active week initiative, running from Monday, April 25 to Friday, May 6, which also includes a first year outdoor education trip to Connemara and a 5th and 6th year PE trip to the University of Limerick Gym and Swimming Pool.
This is one of a number of events being held as part of our Health Promoting Schools Initiative. Healthy Eating will be focused on with the Healthy Eating Guidelines being highlighted. Each day during the week, one of the guidelines will be promoted. Extra healthy foods will be offered in the tuck shop and school canteen. There will also be a dietitian coming to the school to talk to pupils about diet, nutrition and healthy eating. The theme of health will also be discussed and promoted in all classes in all subject areas throughout the week.
EASTER RISING PRESENTATION : There was a great turnout last Tuesday night April 19 in the Resource Centre for Tom Donovan’s 1916 Easter Rising presentation. The pupils from 2nd, 5th and 6th classes in Ballybrown National School opened the proceedings with the recitation of the proclamation and other interesting facts on the Rising. Tom Donovan dealt with the local ( Limerick) involvement in the rising and had some slides and old photographs to compliment his talk.
A big thank you to Martin, Breda, Colm and Mary Hayes from Tervoe who sponsored the tea and refreshments on the night. Martin Hayes presented Tom Donovan with a 1966 ten shilling piece as a thank you and memento of the occasion. It was a very informative presentation and was enjoyed by all in attendance.
Willie Ryan and Martin Hayes also had some memorabilia on display and these items added greatly to the occasion. Thanks also to Damien McNamara for the loan of a sword and gun holster dating back to this period. It was Martin Hayes’s brainchild and was a great success judging by the comments from patrons afterwards. Thanks to all who helped in any way on the night.
45 CARD DRIVE : The weekly 45 card drive in aid of the Ballybrown Community Resource Centre continues each Thursday night at 8.45pm and your support would be greatly appreciated. It’s a great night out for just €5 and if you’re coming please bring a partner. Winners for last Thursday April 21 were Ann O’Brien and Marie Cregan who finished on 9 games and took the first prize of €100. We had two groups, Mary Kenny with Anna Roberts and Leonard Coughlan with Niall Doolan, tied on 8 games for the second prize of €60. The table prize went to John Long and Anthony McGann. Raffle winners as follows: 1/ €30 John Kiely, 2/ €20 John Harty, 3/ €20 John Harty, 4/ €10 Donie Lane, 5/ €10 Eugene Quinn, 6/ €10 Gerry Moran. Just two weeks to go now in the league and it’s all to play for as to where the €280 prize money is going to go. Pauline Culhane and John Doolan are ahead on 82 games while behind them it’s very close between Jimmy McNamara on 73, Niall Doolan on 72 and Donie Lane, John O’Brien and Paddy Hanrahan on 71. The prize money of 1/ €150, 2/ €80, 3/ €50 will be presented to the successful gamblers at our final night on Thursday May 5th.
Our congratulations also goes to Richard Kennedy, Cragbeg on his recent election to the position of I.F.A. National Vice President. Best wishes also to Maura Byrnes who is recovering from a recent operation and we hope to see her back very soon. Thanks to all our patrons who have supported our card drive over the past nine months and we hope to see you all when we return in September after the summer holidays. See you on Thursday night April 28.
45 CARD DRIVE : The weekly 45 card drive in aid of the Ballybrown Community Resource Centre continues each Thursday night at 8.45pm and your support would be greatly appreciated. We had ten tables last thursday night and we had three pairs tied on eight games each dividing the prize money of €150. Pat Keogh with Dan McDaid, John O’Brien with Paddy Hanrahan and Teresa Neville with Peggy Cusack. The table prize went to Teresa Neville and Peggy Cusack.
The raffle winners were : 1/ €30 Evelyn O’Brien, 2/ €20 Sean King, 3/ €20 Leonard Coughlan, 4/ €10 Junior Hogan, 5/ €10 Evelyn O’Brien
and 6/ €10 Denis Casey. Just two weeks now to go in the league and with prize money of €280 it’s all to play for. The final card drive of this 2015/2016 season will take place on Thursday May 5 and then we take a break for the summer holidays. So we are expecting to see plenty of support now for the next three weeks. Thank you.
BALLYBROWN GAA CLUB 2016 COMMEMORATION : To celebrate the anniversary of the 1916 Rising BALLYBROWN GAA CLUB will hold a ceremony on the April 24 at 4.00pm. We would like to issue an open invitation to All Past, Present and Future members of our club to attend. We will begin the day by attending the Feile A final between Ballybrown and Mungret in Claughan. (time to be confirmed) At 4pm in the Club house Field we shall have the raising of the Irish flag. The singing of the National Anthem and the reading of the Proclamation. This will be done by the oldest and youngest members of our club. After this there will be a match played by the U6,U8 and U10 teams. one side will be 16 minutes long and one side 19 minutes…We would love to see as many people as possible come out on the day wearing their club jersey and colours to support the U14Feile team and attend this ceremony.
ALPHONSUS “LAMB” POWER : It was with deep regret and sadness that we learned of the passing of Phonsie “Lamb” Power on April 8 last in Langley, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada at the age of eighty one. He was born on the Pound Road on January 24 1935. He was a very popular person around the parish. He worked at Hayes’s shop in Tervoe driving the truck. He was also a very staunch member of the Ballybrown GAA Club and was a member of the 1959 Junior Hurling team that won the City Championship. He was also Sacristan in Ballybrown Church during his time living in Ballybrown. He immigrated to Canada in 1963 with his wife Margaret and they raised their family there and he worked in the Island Paper Mills on Annacis Island until his retirement in 1996. His brother William RIP also worked with this company. He came home on many trips on holidays over the past fifty three years and he delighted in meeting up with his old friends and team mates in Ballybrown. To his wife Margaret and his sons Vincent, Aidan and Kevin, and all his family connections we extend our sincere sympathy on their sad loss. His funeral service was held at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, Langley on Wednesday April 13 last.
Ar Dheis De go Raibh a anam dilis.
APOLOGY : Ballybrown GAA Club wish to clarify that the Church Gate Collection held on 26/27 March at Ballybrown Church was for the sole benefit of Ballybrown GAA Club. Tidy Towns were not involved in this collection and did not benefit from it in any way. Pat Davoren.
PATRICKSWELL NATIONAL SCHOOL CAKE SALE will take place in Cu Chulainn Lounge on Sunday April 24 after 11.30am Mass to raise much needed funds for the school. Your support is greatly appreciated.
SPRING LECTURE SERIES IN MUNGRET COLLEGE : Mungret Natural Heritage, Tuesday April 26 at 8pm – How the Shannon and Ballynaclough rivers have given Mungret such a rich natural heritage.