Ballymore Eustace

Annual Senior Citizens’ Outing

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.

Robin Hood in Ballymore

The Ballymore Junior Drama Group is staging Robin Hood 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.

Thirty eight children will star in the production which takes to the stage in the Bandhall on 6, 7 and 8 June. Mother of four, Tracey has been very inventive with the script which boasts 6 maids including the original Maid Marian, who will be joined by Fraulein Bubbendorffer, Maid In China and cousin Maid In Japan, Maid Jacinta and Made Mistakes. The cast will perform “Eye of the Tiger”, “Money, Money, Money” and “Girls just wanna have fun”. Admission is €5 per child, €8 per adult.

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 Yoga classes

Sophie Cowley of Horsepasstown, daughter in law of Colette and Richard Cowley, will begin Yoga classes on Mondays starting Monday 14 May from 8-9.30pm at the Ballymore Inn, all levels welcome. Classes cost €50 per 6 classes or €10 drop in charge per class. Contact Sophie on 087 773 0387 for further details. Yoga instructor, Nuala Keegan also runs classes at the Ballymore Inn on Wednesdays from 8pm.

Charity opening

Vie de Chateau has opened a café at The Elms Furniture and Antique Centre. Members of the McCarthy family were on hand last week to welcome guests and diners to the new facility which is located upstairs, overlooking the green pastures of Punchestown. Proceeds from the recent fair were raised towards TIGLIN Rehabilitation Centre, a charity supported by the McCarthys. The Ladies Rehab Centre officially will be officially opened this week, on Thursday May 17 by Uactharán na hEireann, Michael D Higgins who will be welcomed by Aubrey McCarthy, Chairperson Teen Challenge Ireland.

Sheep Shearing and Jedward

Jedward will appear at the All Ireland & International Sheep Shearing weekend to be held at Punchestown Racecourse on Sunday, June 2 from 11am, not for a performance but simply to meet some of their rural fans. The weekend promises a feast of family entertainment amidst a busy schedule of serious farming business, i.e. sheep shearing and wool handling competition at international level plus sheep dog trials, trade and craft stands, pet’s corner, dog show and Leinster Tug of War championships.

For the kiddies, there’s bouncy castles, funfair, Hamster Zorbing, RSA Simulater and for the more adventurous, a Bungee Trampoline. Live musical performers include The Willoughbys and Crystal Swing. That’s all happening on June 2 and 3 – check out

The International Sheep Shearing festival is now in its 60th year and is one of Ireland’s premier agricultural, country and family festivals. This year’s event is hosted by Hollywood GAA and Hollywood national school’s Parent’s Association. The committee is still accepting exhibitors at excellent rates, check out the website or contact any of the followings: Lucy Mooney 087 684 6439 or Tom Coyne on 087 250 5651.

Win a Framed Fiona sketch

There’s a superb competition running in this month’s Bugle edition, offering a framed drawing by local artist Fiona Barrett of your favourite photograph or scene (all photos submitted must have a relevance to Ballymore Eustace, either persons connected with the village, a local scene or occasion, etc) – see full details in the April edition. Copy deadline for May edition is Wednesday, May 16. Email copy to or; earliest submission secures inclusion.

Baby News

Welcome to Baby Sean James Ryan, born May 10 to Kerrie (nee Reilly) and Sean Ryan, grandson to Sheikh Der and Sheihkette Mag of Mullaboden.

Golf Society

Ballymore Eustace Golf Society are off to Coollattin next Saturday, May 19; their next outing will be to the Smurfit Course at the K-Club on June 21 to celebrate the society’s 21st anniversary. Cost: €50 for fully paid up members, €60 for visitors including breakfast followed by an evening of celebration in Paddy’s.

Stonebrook Themed Days

Stonebrook Pet Farm at Coughlanstown West is open between 2-5pm every weekend in May and June, weekends and Mondays in July and August. This summer, the pet farm are hosting themed fun days on the following dates: 20 May, Falconry Display 3.30-4.30pm; 10 June, Shearing (weather permitting); 8 July Spinning & Felting and on 12 August, Basket Making.

Rose Runs for Barrettstown

Kildare Rose, Megan O’Neill ran the Kildare half-marathon on May, 13 in aid of Barretstown Camp. If anyone would like to support Megan, log onto the link - you can donate through this page and the money goes directly to Barretstown. Alternatively, contact Megan on 085 1482 802.

Gaelic for Mammies

“Gaelic for Mothers” training in Ballymore Eustace is at 8pm every Monday night. Six weeks of training and then a blitz with other teams from around Kildare, all welcome

The Library gets theatrical!

As part of the Bealtaine Festival (celebrating creativity in older age), Blessington Library is play hosting ‘Carnation Theatre’ on Wednesday, 30 May at 2.15pm, a sing-along, hilarious murder mystery entitled “Death on the Tiles”.  The audience will be transported to exotic Egypt under the shadows of the Pyramids. Visual and sensual delights will tickle the imagination; attendees will feel the warm Sahara breeze on their skin, smell the aroma of spices from far-away lands and interact with a host of farcical characters who find themselves in this location. Someone is a murderer and someone will be murdered. Find out whodunit, whytheydunit and howtheydunit. Let Audience decide!

Cardiac Screening

BME GFC is organising 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.

Two Bingo Jackpots

Bingo is held at The Resource Centre every Wednesday at 8pm with two jackpots, currently valued at over €5,000 between them. All proceeds in aid of the Resource Centre.

Band Players needed

Ballymore Eustace Brass & Reed Band is currently recruiting new members - some experience preferable, for further details, see or contact Tom Headon at 087 988 8859. Flute players needed urgently

Mobile Library

KCC Mobile Library service will stop in Brannockstown today, May 15 from 10.30 – 12 noon and then at the church area, Ballymore Eustace from 1.30 to 3.30 approx. The mobile library stocks adult and children’s fiction and non fiction plus books for early readers. There’s also a selection of large print books, westerns, romance and audio visual material, which are constantly updated.

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.