Charity Vintage Run

Charity Vintage Run

There will be a fundraising Charity Vintage Run in aid of Jonathan Mulhall Trust with 100 vehicles travelling 100Km on Saturday May 5 from Narraghmore to Enniscorthy. On Sunday May 6 the return journey back to Narraghmore will take place. Camping facilities available in Enniscorthy. All welcome. Sponsor cards available from Aidan Treacy 087 7700789 or John Treacy on 087 2455214.

Meeting House Classes

Pilates classes local in Ballitore and Moone with Stott, a certified instructor. In Ballitore Meeting house 9.30am/9.15pm Every Monday.

Croi Anu Creative Centre, Moone - 6.45pm/8pm Every Monday evening. New members welcome. €12 per session, concession with big group. Contact Amy Fitzgerald 086 0707114.

Reduce injury, improve body shape, performance and feel good. Non impact form of toning and re balancing exercise.


Classes start WEDNESDAY 18th April 10 to 11.30. Breathing techniques, relaxation and meditation. Yoga helps in releasing tension,increasing flexibility, toning, strengthening and promotes relaxation. To book a place contact Adela 086 8717573 The Meeting House space is available for groups to hire for workshops/events/ activities. Contact Susan Waters 087 6387489

‘Living History’

Niamh Corcoran tells us all about Ballytore “Living History Project “We are a group of young people in Ballitore village and we are currently doing a project which we began on December 1st 2011. It is a project aimed at exploring and connecting young people with their local history in a practical hands on way through story, art, design and construction. It is also about developing leadership skills whereby members in the project will eventually go on to develop and run other activities such as a Youth Cafe. The project is supported by Leargas and the Youth in Action programme. We applied for this project under the direction of our coach Susan Waters.

We have been very busy the past few weeks. Following our ‘ Come Dine With Me’ team building exercise we had some workshops in Citizenship, and looked at what it is to be an active member of the community. We realised that we needed to find out a bit more about the history of the village. First of all we had a talk with George Allen and Terry Gillespie two members of the Society of Friends. (Quakers) They told us all about how the Quakers were formed and their beliefs. This was really interesting as none of us really knew anything about them. We also had a talk with John McKenna about Ballitore and how the village was formed. This talk was very interesting and we realised that Ballitore is steeped in history. It is unique in that it is the only planned Quaker village in Europe.

On the 31st of March we had afternoon tea with some Senior citizens from the community. It was really interesting listening to them talk about how the village was when they were young and the shops that were in the village. It is surprising how many thriving shops there used to be in Ballitore. Some of the shops that were mentioned were a Bicycle shop, Radio , Ladies Fashions , Chemist, Bank and even two Ice Cream parlours which I have to say we were all surprised by. Some of the stories were so entertaining and we look forward to more of these informal history talks.

Alongside these talks we have been to drawing/design workshops. These workshops were facilitated by Sarah Russell and through them we are getting ideas for the model/structure/mural that we are going to make in the next part of the project. We have been drawing objects inspired by the stories from the past and our view of the present and what we would like to see in the future like more shops and maybe a youth cafe. We have compiled a survey and gone door to door in Ballitore to find out what sort of art structure local people would like to see in the village and where it should be located. We will be hosting an ‘exhibition ’ of our findings to date in the next few weeks in the Meeting House and we welcome any ideas/input from people in the community before we proceed to the next stage, and especially any young person that would like to get involved in the next construction stage. If you would like to get involved please contact Susan on 087 6387489 or Niamh on 085 2021884.

Sonrise Celebration

At 6.30am on Easter Sunday saw a very large crowd assembled at Mullaghmast, Ballitore for the annual Ecumenical Sonrise Celebration of Prayer, Word and Music to celebrate Easter Day. The Welcome Hymn “Jesus Christ is risen to-day” followed by the blessing of the Pascal Fire. Bishop Eamon Walsh said the Opening Prayers, and welcomed all followed by the Opening Liturgy. He also gave a short thought provoking Easter homily. Scripture Readers included Avril Gillatt and Anna Marie Bissett, John Duffy and Rev. Fr Frank McEvoy PP. Rev. Isaac Delamere read the Gospel. Following the Blessing the choir sang “This is the Day”. Fr. Frank invited all present back to Crookstown School where the Pastoral Council had organised a beautiful breakfast. Bishop Eamon mingled with all present.

The morning was beautiful and crisp although not as beautiful as last year when the sun rise rose high over the Wicklow mountains. This year the clouds prevented this sight. The Sonrise Ceremony gets bigger each year, and is a great experience and a wonderful way to welcome Easter Sunday morning. Philip Hendy provided the “sound” and Fr. Franked thanked Birdie and and Bill Martin for the use of their field. It is also lovely to see so many young parents out with their small children, some small enough to be in push chairs. Great praise must go to the organisers of this event.

Bishop Eamon Walsh officiated at the 8.30am Easter Sunday Mass in St. Joseph’s Church, Ballyshannon, the congregation were delighted to have him say their Easter Mass, and after the Mass he mingled with all as they left the Church.

Next year’s Sonrise will be organised by The Church of Ireland.

Whist drive

The fund-raising Whist continues in Molly O’Looney’s, Narraghmore every wednesday evening commencing at 8.30pm. All card players welcome.


Dermot Breen, PRO reports - After two draws in their first two matches Laurence’s Seniors got off the mark with an easy 2-10 to 1-0 win over Maynooth in Oldgrange on Monday. The Larries were on top from the beginning scoring six points, Samantha Keatley 0-1, Louise Keatley, 0-3,two from frees and one from play, Amanda Fullam, 0-1 and Carol Nolan 0-1F. Louise’s goal left Laurence’s leading by 1-6 to0-0 coming up to half time but this lead was cut when against the run of play Maynooth struck for a goal, their only score of the match.

The Larries dominance continued throughout the second with the half back line of Ciara Tallon, Niamh Breen and Melissa O Neill ensuring that there was little threat of Maynooth scoring while the lead was further stretched with a point from Ciara and three more from Louise and the issue was put beyond doubt when a scramble developed in the Maynooth square and the ball ended up in their net.

Again it was heartening to see those players, MuireannFagin, Samantha Keatley, Maggie Keatley, Naoise Berry and Cheyanne Holmes who are in their first season at senior level again showing well and holding their own.

With four points from three matches we are still in the mix with games to come against Leixlip, Johnstown Bridge and Clane to come.

Laurences - Mel Treacy, Pamella Grufferty, Roxanne Treacy, Ciara Tallon, Niamh Breen, Melissa O Neill, Samantha Keatley, Carol Nolan, Maggie Keatley, Paula Keatley, Naoise Berry, Amanda Fullam, Louise Keatley, Cheyanne Holmes, Amy Dunne, Aisling Treacy, Liz O Donoghue Byrne, Carol Cullen, Elaine Miley, Edel Kearney, Jennifer Downey.

Dance class

Dance practice continues every Friday evening in St. Laurence’s GAA (Old Hall). Beginners are from 6pm-7pm, and all other grades from 7pm-8.30pm. Registration is €5 followed by a fee of €3 per class. New members are always welcome from the ages of 4 upwards.


Just a reminder places are still available for September 2012 on (E.C.C.E Scheme)Free Preschool Year contact Catherine at 059 8636653 or 087 8206845.


22nd April 9:00am Narraghmore HC

10:10am Kinneagh Family service followed by tea

11:30am Timolin HC

29th April 10:00am Narraghmore MP (traditional) followed by tea

11:30am Timolin MP

7:30pm Castledermot Healing Service.


Elaine Clifford, PRO reports “The membership rates for 2012 are as follows €50 per person, €25 per student/OAP, €80 per couple and €100 per family. New members welcome. The Senior B’s lost their second league game against Naas. The Senior C team won their second league game against Allenwood. The senior team drew their second league game against Maynooth. Underage training takes place in Oldgrange on a Wednesday night between 7pm-8pm and on Saturday Mornings between 11am-12pm. This week’s lotto numbers were 9, 15 and 26 .There was no jackpot winner; next week’s jackpot is €3,000. The €20 winners were Liam Donovan, Carol Doyle, Moira Lambe, Meave O’ Connor and Siobhan Gorman. Tickets are €2 and are available to buy from the clubhouse, all local pubs and individual sellers.

Gym Membership for 2012 is student/over 55’s/ unemployed €100, single €150 and €250. Direct debit options are available. There are circuit classes held every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9.30am for advances and 10.15am for beginners. They are also held on Wednesday evenings at 7.10pm to 7.55pm. Classes are 45 minutes and are €4 per person and free to gym members. The gym opening hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9-12am and 5.30-10.30pm, Tuesday and Thursday 5.30-10.30pm and Saturday and Sunday 6-9pm

St. Laurence’s GAA complex is available for all functions, communions, confirmations, family gatherings, 21st, all major milestones and other special events. Contact Marcella in the clubhouse on 0598636769.

Don’t forget a full range of training gear is available at buy design in Crookstown.


Marion Griffiths underage PRO reports “LARRIES TEENAGE DISCO is on in the Complex on Friday 4th May 2012, for 1st & 2nd year students only, from 8.00pm to 11pm. Tickets are on sale @€10 each and are available from the clubhouse or from the following: Michelle Dargan (087)7952149, Eimhear Fox (086)2851736 and Caroline Liston (087)9359257, mineral bar only.

Easter Raffle

Catherine Kavanagh and her team would like to say a massive ‘thank-you’ to all who supported the Eater Raffle. The lucky winners are: 1st Terry Lawlor, 2nd David Glancy, 3rd Con Bartley, 4th Eugene o Toole,5th Joseph Keatley &. 6th The Burgess Family. Not forgetting the sponsors: Brian O Sullivan Cadburys Ireland, David Byrne Supervalu, Dunnes Stores Newbridge, Tesco Newbridge, your generous sponsorship is very much appreciated by the club. Well done to Catherine & all involved!


The Southboard Go-games get underway next week for U/12,U/11,U/10,U/9,U/8,U/7 & U/6’s. Full details of fixtures are available on our club website

The U/11’s got to work off all those Easter Eggs in a challenge match on Friday 13th away to Dunlavin. U/12’s go-games matches start this Thursday 19th , Larries ‘Red’ are away to Moorefield @ 7.00pm and Larries ‘Amber’ are at home against Athy also at 7.00pm. The U/12 A’s are at home on Thursday 19th against Eadestown at 7.00pm, U10’s matches are tonight Tuesday 17th (and every Tuesday) Larries’Red’ and Larries ‘Amber’ are both away to Round Towers, U/8’s matches are starting this Saturday away to Moorefield at 12.00pm. Best of luck to all the teams for the season ahead. Reports and more fixtures next week!

Training continues for all other teams as normal and any changes for the teams involved in the go-games will be notified to the various sections as it arises.

Humpty Dumpty

The Humpty Dumpty Group would like to welcome mums, dads, minders and grandparents to come along any Thursday with their babies or toddlers to the St. Laurence’s Old GAA Hall, Narraghmore between 10 am – 12 noon. It is a wonderful opportunity for children to play and adults to socialise with people from their community while enjoying a nice cup of tea. They meet all year round. For further information please contact 086 124078.

Walking group

The Walking group meet monday to friday at 7pm in Ballitore Village. If you would like to get out for a walk and a chat for one hour please come along any night, bring flash light, and jacket. There is no charge and all are welcome.

Crookstown Millview Athletic Club

Training at the track for Little Athletics, on Monday nights from 6.30pm to 7.30pm, all welcome. A new summer timetable is also in place, so again just visit the website or ask at track for details.

Ballitore clinic

Martin Heydon TD holds a monthly clinic in Ballitore on the 1st Monday of each month from 9.00 to 9.30 in The Harp. Meet him there on the first monday of any month or contact 045-487624 for an appointment or for more information.