Kevin’s poetry performance at Punchestown!
Kevin Burke, captain of record breaking 1950s Ballymore team, has being invited to recite ‘’the Races of Punchestown’’ on Wednesday 25 April at 4.30pm in the parade ring. Kevin reciting the poem at his 85th birthday party was posted on the internet and resulted in Punchestown Management issuing the invitation.
Alzheimers Tea Morning
Alzheimers Tea Morning and Cake Sale will be held on Sunday, 29 April after 10am mass. Please remember those who cannot.
The April edition will be on sale from Friday night, 20 April with full coverage of raceweek, fashion, sports and community notes. Lots of photographic coverage of recent events and local news.
Matron Helen Dreelan from Coughlanstown is appealing to Ballymore people to support a fundraising auction in Athy GAA Clubhouse on Sunday, April 29 at 2.15pm with viewing from 11am. All funds are in in aid of St Vincent’s Nursing Home where there are many Ballymore residents. Refreshments will be available throughout the afternoon. Approx 400 lots for auction including furniture, pottery and china, art work, hampers, electrical items, gift vouchers, spirits and wine and lots more besides. Bargains galore to be had.
Helen appeals to local residents to donate unwanted furniture items; goods can be left into the GAA Clubhouse this Friday, 27 from 6-9pm and on Saturday, 28 from 10am to 1pm. Further information is available from the Hospital switchboard at 05986 43000, or from Auctioneer Leon Kenny at 05986 31785 or Matron Helen Dreelan at 087 1218263.
BME GFC is trying to organise a heart screening programme for members aged 14yrs - 35yrs for Sudden Adult Death Syndrome. The cost is €45 per person. Anyone interested should contact Michelle Waters on 087 797 3454 to book a place. A minimum of 35 people is required for screening to take place.
Kildare and Wicklow wishes
Best wishes to James Kavanagh and the Kildare panel against Tyrone in Croke Park on Sunday 29. Also to Tony Hannon on a superb performance with Wicklow against Clare – our best wishes to the Garden County and The Lillies in their respective finals!
Yoga classes in Ballymore
A brand new class will be starting in Ballymore Eustace next week. Cost is €70 for a block of six classes, drop-in class is €12. Yoga instructor, Nuala Keegan, already has a dedicated following of students from Ballymore Eustace so now they can attend at a local venue. Starting 8pm at The Ballymore Inn on Weds, April 25 - contact Nuala at 087 909 0895 or see www.westwicklowyoga.ie
A morning workshop - ‘Spring into Summer’ will be held in The Annex, Main Street, Blessington on Saturday, May 26th - an uplifting session with core work and spring cleaning the mind.
Stonebrook Pet Farm
Stonebrook Pet Farm at Coughlanstown West will re-open on 5 May, between 2-5pm every weekend until the end of August. Weekday group tours and private parties can be arranged by appointment. Children and adults can visit their favourite furry and feathered friends in the beautiful setting of Stonebrook Farm. There’s Elf and Snowy the ponies, Podge and Rodge the Kune Kune pigs, Albert and Chopin the Alpacas and the latest attraction, Rumpole the Pot Bellied pig with goslings and chicks to hold, and children can collect eggs from the hen house.
They can feed this year’s spring lambs, and meet John and Edward the pygmy goats, the calves and the Soay sheep. There’s a spacious play area and refreshments available from the kitchen café. Cost for a fun-filled visit is €8 per child, €4 for adults. Prices for weekday tours and parties available on request. The farm will host themed fun days throughout the summer – see details on Facebook or www stonebrookpetfarm.com For information or bookings, call Jackie on 086-266 1720.
Parenting courses will be held at Punchestown AMI School at Baltreac near Punchestown. ‘How To Communicate Effectively With Children Birth to Teenage Years’ will be held on Wednesday, 16 May at 8pm and ‘How To Help Your Child To Read And Write’, cost €20, will be held on Thursday, May 24 at 8pm. Pre book now, call Gaye Mullen at 045-874 175 or gma .firstname.lastname@example.org See further details on www.punchestownmontessori.org
Two Bingo Jackpots
Bingo is held at The Resource Centre every Wednesday at 8pm with two jackpots, currently valued at €4,050 and €700 respectively. Congratulations to Teresa Halpin who won the small jackpot of €1,200 last month.
Ballymore Eustace Golf Society
Ballymore Eustace Golf Society ‘s next outing will be in Coollattin on May 19 and after that, a visit on June 21 to the Smurfit Course at the K-Club, to celebrate the society’s 21st anniversary. Cost: €50 for fully paid up members, €60 for visitors inc Breakfast and then an evening of celebration in Paddy’s.
Car Boot Sale
Car boot sale will be held on May 13th at St Kevin’s Community Hall, Blessington, from 8am - 4pm. Cars €12, vans €17, proceeds in aid of Blessington & District Day Care Centre.
Stacey Earle & Mark Stuart (USA) take centre stage in Mick Murphy’s on Monday, April 30. Both former ‘Dukes’ (Steve Earle & The Dukes), this husband and wife duo are as Americana as it gets, playing a blend of blues, folk, roots, country, rock in smooth vocal harmonies, admission tbc.
Naas Local Employment Service offers a free service to job seekers who are unemployed and in receipt of a social welfare payment, one parent families, early school leavers, Woman Returnee, people finishing a CE scheme and dependent spouses. Training courses and employment initiatives are available, One-to-One Adult Career Guidance Counselling, interview skills, and CV preparation. Contact Eugene (Information Officer) at Unit 5, Rathasker Square, Kilcullen Road, Naas phone 045 895555 or just call in!” If you are not eligible, you can still call to the centre, where they provide information, referrals or to use their job seeking services.
Congratulations to Lorraine Browne, Donna Barrett and Anne Boylan, all of whom celebrate a special birthday this mon