Annual General Meeting

Annual General Meeting

Few locals turned out to attend the AGM of the Community Development Association. Held last week in the Resource Centre, the meeting did attract a large number of elected representatives who contributed hugely to discussions with the CDA committee and seven local attendees. TDs Martin Heydon and Jack Wall were present with Cllr Mark Dalton representing Sean O’Fearghail TD; Cllrs Mark Wall, Willie Callaghan, Ivan Keithley and Fintan Finlay all concurred that it was difficult for all communities to secure volunteers.

The fear of closure of the local garda station was discussed at length. CDA chairman, Tom O’Keefe felt the visual presence of the Gardai in the village was a ‘calming’ factor to the community.

Other issues covered on the night included a report on Bugle circulation and finances by Editor Rose B O’Dongohue, a Tidy Towns synopsis by Eric Firth, Margaret McDonald’s report on Bingo, Percy Donnellan on Community Alert with positives comments in general on the recent completion of works at Smyth’s laneway and the River Walk, which hopefully will contribute to reduced flooding issues; street surfacing in the village, repairs to the River Liffey bridge, etc.

Art Exhibition

Ballymore Eustace Art Group are holding their annual exhibition in the Back Bar of The Ballymore Inn opening on Thursday, 29 November at 8pm and running for one week. All money made from raffle on opening night and commission will go to Scoil Mhuire – there’s always terrifi, original talent on show so please, do come along and support your local artists and national school.

More Local Art

Naas Art Group are currently hosting their annual art exhibition in the Art and Cultural Centre at McAuley Place, Naas until November 25. The exhibition was officially launched by Tom Hickey, a well-known Kildare and includes work by three Ballymore artists: Fiona Barrett, Eleanor Robinson and Anne Stewart. The exhibition continues daily from 9.30 to 5pm – all welcome and the centre also has a café where you can enjoy the art and have tasty home cooked food.

Ballymore’s Got Talent

In conjunction with Barretstown, Ballymore GAA are hosting a Variety Show at the superb theatre venue in Barretstown Castle on December 7 and 8. This is a call for all musicians, singers, entertainers to showcase their talents and help raise a few bob for two organisations. If you wish to be involved, please contact the following numbers to book your set: Sheila Byrne of Good Virbrations, which produced some fantastic showcases of local talent whilst raising money for local charities, on 085 219 0019; Nicola Piggott 087 743 4954 and Ann M Daly on 087 055 5150.

Young welcomes mature!

Sixth class children at Scoil Mhuire would like to invite senior citizens, grand-parents et al to a tea and coffee morning in the school on Thursday 13 at 9.45am. The event will be held in the main hall at Scoil Mhuire.

BME Garden Club

The Garden Club’s guest speaker last month was Deirdre Warren from Colm Warren Polytunnels. The Club welcomed its first young guest member Jack Keenaghan. The next meeting will be held in the Resource Centre on 29 November, with guest speaker being local and renowned landscaper, Arthur Gyves.

BME Golf Society

A great turnout for Tom Daly’s President’s Prize at The Heritage. Congratulations to this year’s winner, Paul Murphy who was chuffed to receive the Tommy Byrne Memorial Trophy. Well done to Captain, Ita McCarron and the organising committee. Runners up were John Field and Simon Murphy, Best Gross James McCarron. The date for our last outing of the year to Naas Golf Club has changed from 17 Nov to December 1 with the society’s AGM being scheduled to follow in the Resource Centre.

The late Christy Sargent

Christy Sargent, late of Piperhill, Blessington and more recently Craddock House, Naas sadly passed away last week. Aged in his 90s, Christy was a popular figure in the area, well known in racing circles as he attended Punchestown for an unbroken record of 8 decades. He was also a great GAA supporter with his sons well known in GAA circles in Co Wicklow and Kildare. Predeceased by his wife, Teresa “Teasie” nee Clarke from Ballymore Eustace, Christy is survived by his daughter Terry, sons Michael, Shay, Martin and Paddy; sister Pauline and brother Jim; brother and sisters in law, daughters and son in law, grandchildren nieces, neighbours and friends.

But those who knew him will remember him as a very sociable person, always interested in people and local activities. He will be missed by family but also regular visitors and staff at Craddock House will miss the pleasant man sitting in the hall, only delighted to chat to everyone.

BME Special Editions

The local Historical and Heritage Society’s publication “Ballymore Eustace - A Portrait of a Village” can be obtained from Mgt Pearse at 087 791 6993 or Claire Doyle at 045 864 152, cost €20. The Parent’s Association have designed a School Calendar comprising of 15 months, Oct 2012—Dec 2013. This calendar will help fund a Sensory Garden and Room and is on sale from all teachers and any of the PA Committee members, cost €10. Simply send the money in an envelope with your child’s name on it and give it to your child’s teacher. Alternatively, they can be bought from the school office.