Local Notes - BALLYMORE EUSTACE

BME Hollywood Boxing Club

BME Hollywood Boxing Club

The BME Hollywood Boxing Club had a very successful trip to famous Mosside boxing club in Manchester recently. Fourteen boxers travelled to spar and train in the Mosside Club under the supervision of English coach, Michael (Mike) Dillon and Nigel Travis. Nigel was English ABA Champion and a top amateur before he became chief sparring partner for Amir Khan.

The local lads had plenty of top class spars on the Saturday against a variety of UK boxers and hopefully, they gained some good experience. Our local boxers were then brought on a tour of the famous Old Trafford football grounds and on then to the famous Trafford Shopping Centre, one of the biggest in Europe. The club would like to thank MIcke Dillon (Manchester coach) for a top class trip, one that everyone will remember.

The club would like to thank their own boxers who behaved impeccably and were a credit to their parents and club. Noel Farrell, a coach wth Ballymore Hollywood Club made it possible for the trip to take place as is a cousin of Mike’s. This will now become an annual event with BMEHOllywood Club travelling to Manchester and the Manchester club making the return visit.. The club is hosting a major boxing tournament in Hollywood Community Cehntre on 16th February at 8pm.

Des Kennedy Award for Jen

Sponsored by Naas Credit Union, the Ballymore People of the Year Awards will be hosted on February 16 in the Resource Centre. There are six people recommended for Ballymore’s Person of the Year Award: Martine Rigney for charitable work raising awareness and funds for the St Vincent De Paul, St Brigid’s Hospice her work with St Brigid’s Park Residents Association. Tommy Deegan is well known for a lifetime of dedication to Ballymore’s environment and pollution control of the River Liffey, the TSAA, CDA and Tidy Towns. Kay Kavanagh retired this year after 30 years working with the local playgroup and she is President of St Kevin’s Conference for SVP. Johnny Murphy as chairman of the GAA has done Trojan work in fundraising for the purchase of the second pitch and Mary Deegan is recognized for the huge volume of parish work and church activities that she carried out. Mons John Wilson was nominated by the children of Scoil Mhuire for the patience and help he gave them over the past year.

Jennifer Murphy is this year’s winner of the Des Kennedy Memorial Award. The award is granted to a local sportsperson who has achieved success or contributed to sport in the community. The current holder of the title is Michael Dowling, winner of national and Leinster handball titles in 2012. The award is dedicated in memory of the late Des Kennedy and sponsored by Naas Credit Union, for whom Des was a member of the Board of Directors. Many thanks to Irene and John of Gallery & Gifts who sadly closed the shop last weekend and were very generous in sponsoring the framing of citations and prints, as done by Fiona Barrett of Ballymore Hearts and Crafts.

CU Congratulations

Congratulations to Marion Hanlon who has joined the Board of Directors of Naas Credit Union and to Johnny Glennon of Hollywood who is now a member of Blessington CU board.

Birthday wishes

Big birthdays this month for Annona Deegan, Aine McLoughlin, Susan Fisher and Maria Woulfe.

What’s at the Library

Don’t forget Blessington Library hosts a number of informative and education al sessions during the week: Tuesday - Citizens Information in the Community Room from 1-4pm; Free Legal Advice Centre on the first and third Tuesday of every month from 6-8pm, by appointment only. Mindfulness & Meditation 7-8.30pm resumes on Tuesday, 15 January. Knitting Group 11am -1pm, Writers group 3.30-5pm; Thursday - Toddler Time at 11am and on the last Friday of every month, the Book Club is hosted at 11.30am.

Yoga Classes Resume

Sophie Cowley has resumed her yoga classes in the BME Inn on Monday from 8-9.30pm and starting last week, on Tuesday mornings from 9.30am-11am. All welcome.

BME Hearts & Crafts Studio

BME Hearts & Crafts Studio hosts monthly workshops on the third Saturday of every month (dates may change); next adult workshop will be held on 19 January from 11am-1pm, cost €20 with all materials included.Draw small, draw big. Using everyday items such as a toothbrush, button, clothes peg – learn how to capture detail on a large and small scale using pencil, charcoal, chalk pastel and ink.

Teenage workshop also on 19 January from 3-4.30pm, price €15 all materials included. Create a winter night time scene - using spray paints, mixed media and templates which you design; for more information or to book a workshop, contact

Fiona Barrett on 087 633 3406 view website www.ballymore-hearts-and-crafts-studio.com.

Weekly Bingo

Bingo continues in the Resource Centre on Wednesday nights from 8.30pm with two jackpots running, all welcome. Best wishes to Margaret McDonald after recent minor surgery.

Hollywood Race Night

Hollywood GAA is organising the Race Night for February 23rd in Poulaphuca House. Horses are now on sale from all adult team members at €10.