Ballyshannon, Calverstown, Suncroft news

Wedding Bells

Wedding Bells

Congratulations to Anna Magee, Bishophill, daughter of Lila and Tom Magee, who married Paul Moloney last week, and held their wedding reception at the picturesque venue of Druid’s Glen Hotel.

Movie Reviews

If the good weather fails to return and you’re spending more time in the cinema, then check out movie reviews online by Ballymore student Robert Boland.

The 17 year old will be joining the Bugle team from July onwards but if you’d like a sneak preview of his movie ratings, then log onto his website:

Comments and movie requests welcome – email Robert at

Big Picnic for Barretstown

It may well be wet and windy but hopefully, the weather will pick up for the annual Avonmore Big Picnic for Barretstown.

This year’s event will be held over the weekend of 6/7 July at the scenic grounds of Barretstown Castle.

Of course, you can have your fundraising picnic at home anytime. Just invite your friends and family around, or have a team picnic at work, at school or with your neighbours.

All you need for a great picnic is good company, some sandwiches, snacks for the kids and hopefully a bit of sunshine!

To host your own picnic and raise funds in aid of Barretstown, just register at or call 1850 927 875.

Your Big Picnic Pack will arrive in the post, filled with recipes and games - pick a date (can be uly 6/7 but any date that suits you is great) and then, select a venue - school, work, community field, back garden and invite your guests. Simply ask for a few euro towards Barretstown’s services and you’re on the way.

All support greatly appreciated. Every amount raised, big or small, will result in something magical for a child fighting serious illness. Please email Ciara ( if you have any questions.

Blessington Library

Blessington Library (045 891 740) have a range of activities lined up for children over the summer and all, free of charge.

Thursday 5 July from 11-12.30: Clay modelling (aged 9-11yrs), limited places booking required.

Tuesday, 10 July at 7pm: Fancy Nancy Soiree, aged 5-7yrs - feel free to dress up fancy, tiaras welcome, no booking required.

Thursday, 19 July from 11-12.30: Design a T-shirt for children aged 10-12yrs, limited places, booking required.

On Tuesday, 24 July at 7pm, it’s Pirates Night for 6-8yr olds, Dress up or walk the plank,no booking required.

Go Team Blessington!

Be part of Team Blessington in the library this summer. The Olympic reading challenge runs from 2 July to 24 August and is open to all junior readers. Read as many books as you can during this period to ensure we beat Wicklow Library to win the Library Shield. You can collect your Olympic pass at the library and keep track of your progress.

Go Team Blessington!

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.

Well done to “faithful regulars” who, year in year out, work consistently and quietly to make our 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 renowned USA artist, Otis Gibbs appearing on June 23 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 €12 unless otherwise advertised.

Heal your Life

A two day workshop will be held on June 30 and July 1 at Carman Lodge, Broadleas. Based on the philosophies of legendary Louise L Hay, Kathryn Geoghegan CST HYLT, will host the event which is targeting persons who need to alleviate stress or ongoing health conditions and who may need simply to learn to relax. Contact Kathryn on 086 151 2948.

Bingo Jackpots

Bingo is held at The Resource Centre every Wednesday at 8pm with two jackpots, currently valued at over €5,200 between them. All proceeds in aid of the Resource Centre.

Ballymore Bugle

The Ballymore Bugle is now on sale with a fantastic spread of picture pages from photographers 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: