The Annual General Meeting of the Community Development Association will be held on Thursday, 16 at November at 8pm in The Resource Centre. Would you like to get involved, to see new initiatives in the village or introduce a few new local projects or services?

Margaret McDonald, treasurer of the CDA says the committee needs new blood: “We’d be delighted to see new faces and new energies join the committee with fresh ideas and a fresh look on our programmes. Many of the committee members have served into two decades and we need new insights. So please, if you’re interested in Ballymore and the workings of the community, drop down on Thursday 16 and get involved”. All welcome, refreshments served.

Bingo Winner!

Congratulations to Chris Douglas who won the Big Jackpot of €6,000 last week. Great to see a regular and local win the big money. Bingo is held every Wednesday night in the Resource Centre from 8.30pm with two jackpost to be won.

Family Fun at Punchestown

A Christmas Fair will be held by Ballymore GFC at Punchestown Racecourse this weekend, on Saturday 17 and Sunday, 18 November. Two days of great racing and trackside events with approx 60 craft stalls. Last year’s event was superb and gave two days of family entertainment whilst showcasing Kildare’s artists and craftspeople including jewellery makers, antiques, festive gifts, pottery, candles, etc. Santa has been booked to make an early appearance with GAA games for the children - a great day out for the family. To secure a stall, contact Natasha Graham at 086 833 2320 or email

Art Exhibition

Ballymore Eustace Art Group are holding their annual exhibition in the Back Bar of The Ballymore Inn opening on Thursday, 29 November at 8pm and running for one week. All money made from raffle on opening night and commission will go to Scoil Mhuire – there’s always terrifi, original talent on show so please, do come along and support your local artists and national school.

More Local Art

Naas Art Group will host their 31st annual art exhibition, their second only in the Art and Cultural Centre at McAuley Place, Naas from November 16-25. The exhibition will be officially launched by Tom Hickey, a well-known Kildare and includes work by three Ballymore artists: Fiona Barrett, Eleanor Robinson and Anne Stewart. The exhibition will continue daily from 9.30 to 5pm – all welcome and the centre also has a café where you can enjoy the art and have tasty home cooked food. This year’s paintings are of a very high standard and include a wide variety of subject matter, compositions and different media.

Kristmas Kooking Kare Style

Breda Bell of Broadleas reminds Ballymore readers that their annual Christmas cooking Demonstration in aid of Kare will be held at Ryston Sports and Social Club, Newbridge on Wednesday, 14 November at 7.30pm with special guest Brenda Donohue. A good night and a good cause: admission €10. For further information, contact Mary on 086 823 4856.

Kildare Award Winners

Congratulations to the Bell family also on their inclusion as members of Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus Ire Kildare Branch on winning an award at REHAB Kildare People of the Year Awards. Indeed, Julie Anne Bell featured on the slide and video shows on the night and also in the commemorative brochure. Parents Breda and Gerry do exceptional work with the group and it was a well deserved honour.

Also, congratulations to several local residents in BME who are volunteers with the Samaritans Newbridge & Kildare who were also acknowledged and received an award but who prefer to remain anonymous – so many worthy winners.

BME History Book

As Christmas time is fast approaching, the local Historical and Heritage Society would like to advertise a local publication “Ballymore Eustace - A Portrait of a Village”. It can be obtained from Mgt Pearse at 087 791 6993 or Claire Doyle at 045 864 152.  The cost is €20 and would make an ideal gift to ex-Pats living abroad or indeed, locals who have ‘exiled’ to another county. It contains wonderful photograph and articles dating back to the late 1800s and early 1900s, with a superb quality finish.

Scoil Mhuire Calendar

The Parent’s Association have designed the first School Calendar comprising of 15 months, Oct 2012—Dec 2013 which includes photos of all classes and snapshots of school activities, including the school closing dates. This calendar will help fund a Sensory Garden and Room and is on sale from all teachers and any of the PA Committee members, cost €10. Simply send the money in an envelope with your child’s name on it and give it to your child’s teacher. Alternatively, they can be bought from the school office. The calendar would make an ideal Christmas gift to grandparents for family members living abroad, a touch of Ballymore brought to them courtesy of Scoil Mhuire and photographer Chris Dennison.

Birthday Greetings

Special birthday greetings to local book reviewer Angie Ruane who had an unique way of celebrating a milestone birthday with friends – she took them on a five mile hike up and down Wicklow hills, to ensure they were all exhausted but hungry on returning to a meal in the Ballymore Inn. Best wishes to Angie.

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