Ballymore Eustace



Congratulations to Mark Barrett and Aaron Deegan, members of Kildare U.13 Cross Country Team who won the Leinster title and finished third overall in the All Ireland Community Games final in Athlone last weekend. First in Leinster, third in Ireland – and for the second year in succession, well done, Lads.

All Ireland Doubles Final

Commisserations but well done to handball duo, Mickey Dowling and Neil Murrison who were beaten in the All Ireland Doubles Final in Mullingar against Sheridan and Carroll of Co Meath.

Having beaten Jenson and Daly 21-19, 21-14 in the semi final, Ballymore was hopeful of taking another national title but the Meath duo had similar plans and beat the Kildare pair 21-19, 21-13 with Neil and Mick showing impressive form. No doubt this partnership will continue and we’ll see them take a national title yet.

Robin Hood takes to the stage

The Ballymore Junior Drama Group is staging Robin Hood this week and what a musical presentation that will be! Musical producer/writer/director Tracey Clohessy has roped in the assistance of her brother in law, Denis Closhessy, award winning musical director at The Abbey Theatre with choreography by renowned dance teacher, Sinead O’Brien.

Mother Lily has made the costumes, dad Paul all the shields and weaponry whilst sister Sue has completed stage sets to posters and programmes!

There’s lots of local talent on show including Jack Sammon, Marina Mason, Foinn Breslin and Katie Gilroy in lead roles with a total of 38 children featuring in the production which takes to the stage in the Bandhall on 6, 7 and 8 June.

Tracey has been creative with the script which boasts 6 maids including the original Maid Marian, who is joined by Fraulein Bubbendorffer, Maid In China and cousin Maid In Japan, Maid Jacinta and Made Mistakes. Admission is E5 per child, E8 per adult.

Cillian Tops with Texaco

Congratulations to Cillian Barrett of Dowdenstown who was one of the finalists at the TEXACO Children’s Art Competition. Last week, Cillian recieved his award and certificate at Citywest Hotel & Conference Centre; 12 year old Cillian submitted a portrait sketch of his granduncle, Gerry Kelly of Briencan.

Climbing Lugnaquilla

The Ladies Gaa is organising a sponsored hill climb of Lugnaquilla on June 9. Everyone is welcome to join in the craic and festivities on the day. Further information about the event is available on Ballymore Ladies GAA facebook page and posters around the town.

Please make sure to sponsor the girls and show your support! Contact Anna Ward on 087 774 9248.

Best wishes

Best wishes to Ciaran Kelleher, a key member of Naas hurling team who is recovering from a broken collar bone and to Stephen Piggott, who has been in hospital lately. Get well soon to the two young sportsmen.

Annual Senior Citizens’ Outing

Ballymore Eustace Senior Citizens summer outing will take place on Saturday, June 9 when a coach will leave the Square at 9am and head to Athlone for the day, lunch included. Anyone interested in going, please leave your name at the Post Office or with any committee member.

Playgroup Open Day

The Community Playgroup located at the Resource Centre is hosting an Open Day on Saturday, June 9 from 2-4pm. The facility caters for children from 3 to 5 years, free ECCE places available. Contact 087 671 6912 for enquiries.

More GAA Events

A Duck Race will be held Sunday, 10 June at 11am - sponsor cards are now available, ducks E2 each or 3 for E5. A cake sale is being organised to raise funds for four Ballymore lads on their trip to the Féile Competition on July 6 and 7, date to be confirmed but keep an eye out for posters and updates on Facebook.

Janet also has a monster hamper in her shop and tickets for this are E2.

The following is the GAA Calendar of fundraising events for the coming months: June: Duck Race and Sprocket Rocket Cycle (Juvenile Club); Lugnaquilla Climb on 9 June (Ladies GAA, contact Anna Ward on 087 774 9248); July: Last Man Standing (Ivan Grace); August: tbc; September: Last Man Standing (Tadhg Grace and Colin Clarke); October: Gala Concert and Variety Show; November: Christmas Fair and December, the committee get to relax!

Holistic Fair

An holistic fair will be held on Friday 15 June from 9am-3pm at The Bandhall, proceeds in aid of four local hurlers who have reached the Féile Competition in July. There’s also a raffle in Janet’s of Chapel Street so please, do support.

The fair will showcase local practitioners including Cranial Massage, Reiki, Homeopathy, Forever Living - Aloe Vera Products, Blood Pressure Checks, Yoga Demonstrations, Sports Massage, etc. Entry E5 at the door with free refreshments served and a raffle also for a superb Aromatherapy Hamper.

Sprocket Rocket Day!

Cycling Ireland National Sprocket Rocket Day is in Punchestown again on Saturday, 16 June.

The Juvenile GFC will run a juvenile sponsored cycle from Ballymore to the racecourse with Punchestown hosting lots of cycle friendly activities for all the family.

Tidy Towns

The first Adjudication of 2012 Tidy Towns Competition will take place in early June so the local Tidy Towns committee appeal to local residents and the business community for help in improving the tidiness of the village.

Last year’s Tidy Towns Adjudicator highlighted the need to paint many gate entrances and the problem of weed growth.

Many of the buildings have received make-overs and Kildare County Council plan to resurface the streets when the school closes for holidays. KCC further plan to restore the flood damaged section of the River Walk.

“We wish to thank all those who supported us in the past in bringing Ballymore up to 5th place out of 34 entries in Co. Kildare,” said a Tidy Towns spokesperson.

“This year we would particularly like to thank the pupils, parents and teachers of Scoil Mhuire for carrying out a Waste Awareness Survey on our behalf. The survey showed considerable awareness of how waste can be minimised at home. We wish the Scoil Mhuire Green Flag Committee success in their ‘Walkability Study’ and ‘Park and Stride’ survey.

“Further thanks to all who participated in our recent ‘Household Waste Sort’ survey. We are currently assessing the results to identify the most common waste types produced in Ballymore, with a view to minimizing this waste in future years.”

KCC are also providing some new litter bins. The tendering process for the new Sewage Treatment Plant and the new Pumping Station has now been completed and the awarding of contracts is imminent.

Landscaping, Wildlife Interpretive Signage and the return of land to the community around the new Pumping Station will greatly improve the appearance of this area along the River Walk.

Well done to “faithful regulars” who, year in year out, work consistently and quietly to make the village so beautiful. The Tidy Towns committee also wishes to acknowledge those who support them financially.

Ballymore Gigs

Ballymore Gigs summer line up continues at Mick Murphy’s with Woodbine, one of Ireland’s premier bluegrass bands, appearing on Monday June 11. Led by Tony O’Brien, the father of Irish Bluegrass, the group hail from Athy - their hallmark musicianship and vocal harmonies set them apart.

Monday June 25 sees the renowned USA artist, Otis Gibbs appear for his third performance in Ballymore. A top class singer/songwriter from Indiana, USA, Otis has an interesting CV: he has personally planted over 7000 trees; has an FBI file; lived for a time in Romania’s Carpatian Mts, but still finds time to write music. Gigs start at 9pm sharp, price normally E12 unless otherwise advertised.

Ballymore Eustace Brass & Reed Band

Ballymore Eustace Brass & Reed Band are recruiting new members. The band currently boasts 24 members with ages ranging from 10 to 70+. Under the baton of John Clifford, the band is working on an exciting new programme which includes hits from musicals and movies and thus, require musicians across all sections.

John has recently been appointed as conductor and brings a wealth of experience to the band having previously played trombone with the BBC Orchestra and the Scottish Ballet. When John isn’t conducting the Ballymore Band, he can be seen performing with the RTÉ Orchestra or on the Late Late Show.

If you have ever played a brass or reed instrument or have other musical experience and are interested in joining, please contact Tom Headon on 087 988 8859 or email

Keep fit at the GAA Grounds

Have you checked out the new cardio vascular equipment at the local GAA grounds recently? Ballymore GFC is the first club in Ireland to introduce a designated outdoor area with equipment suitable for all users but especially the elderly.

There’s also a walking track available to all, but please put a donation in the collection box for the club towards lighting and maintenance or you can contact Tom O’Rourke or Eoghan Barrett and become a club member.

Donations go towards the upkeep of the club grounds and also towards the fund to purchase second playing pitch to cater for growing number of Juvenile teams.

Parents Association Fundraiser

The Parents Association of Scoil Mhuire are developing a school calendar, covering the 16 months from September 2012 – December 2013, which they will start selling from September next.

The sale of the school calendar will be a major fundraising event - with the funds raised being used towards meeting the ongoing and ever increasing costs of running the school, purchasing additional equipment, etc.

In producing this calendar, the PA would welcome any support from local businesses in return for an advertisement in the calendar. For E50, your business can be the sponsor for one month in the calendar.

In producing this calendar, the PA would welcome any support from local businesses in return for an advertisement in the calendar. For €50, your business can be the sponsor for one month in the calendar. If anyone is interested in supporting our fundraising effort, please contact Adrienne Murphy at 087 2540700.

Ballymore Bugle

The Ballymore Bugle is now on sale with a fantastic spread of picture pages from raceweek, the Juvenile Badminton Tournament and lots of local events, with photography by C Dennison and M Darker and the input of graphic designer Suzanne Byrne is notable.

The Bugle takes a break in June so the next edition will be in July, copy deadline: Wednesday, July 11. So please, take photos and sports coverage over the coming month and have them ready to send to the Bugle: