Ballymore Eustace

Juvenile Badminton Annual Tournament

Juvenile Badminton Annual Tournament

The club’s busiest ever tournament was held in Ryston Newbridge on Sunday, May 13th from 11 am to 4pm. A total of 65 members played against each other over 3 courts with great spirit and some games were really very exciting. The younger players hit the courts from 11am - 1pm and there was no disappointed faces as every single player received a medal and trophy plus a goodie bag. A huge roar went up as Junior Player of the Year 2012 was announced as Abby Foster and a well deserved cup was handed over by Simon Murphy (POY 2011). Well done to you, Abby!

The older players then took to the courts and the attendance was chuffed when Ciara Langan (POY 2011) handed the cup over to Amy Kelly and Kathleen Keane who were announced joint Senior Players of the Year 2012, a split decision but each girl so deserving of the award.

“They’re good pals and I’m sure it will be well shared! Well done to you both. Support from parents and relatives was very welcome and we are glad they all enjoyed the fun and treats” said Laura Barrett, mentor and trainer.

Credit was also given to the senior players who assisted in refereeing and score keeping on the day. Last but by no means least, a small presentation was made to Laura and Julie Molloy from the parents in recognition of the work they carry out.

Alzheimer’s Tea Morning

Thanks to all who supported the recent Coffee morning/Cake sale in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society.  Margaret McDonald wishes to acknowledge all who helped on the morning, bakers Sandra, Sheryl, Janet and Mary.  “Also thanks to our loyal Bingo supporters who gave generously to our raffle - a total of €600 was raised.

 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.

GAA go Holistic for good cause

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 Ballymore Eustace. 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 €5 at the door with free refreshments served and a raffle also for a superb Aromatherapy Hamper.

Robin Hood a Family Affair

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. Mother Lily is busy making the costumes, dad Paul is making the shields and weaponry for the goodies and the baddies and sister Sue has done all the artwork, from stage sets to posters and programmes!

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.

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 Punchestown for that day so keep the date free. Punchestown will be full of cycle friendly activities for all the family once we get there.

More GAA Events

A Duck Race will be held Sunday, 10 June at 11am - sponsor cards will be issued soon and ducks are €2 each or 3 for a €5.

A cake sale is being organised to raise funds for our 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 €2.many thanks for your donations so far.

The following is the GAA Calendar of fundraising events for the coming months:  June: Duck Race & Sprocket Rocket Cycle (Juv Club); Lugnaquilla Climb on 9 June (Ladies GAA, contact Anna Ward on 087 774 9248. July: Sports Events “Last Man Standing” (Ivan Grace); August: tbc; Sept: Football Last Man Standing (Tadhg Grace and Colin Clarke); Oct: Gala Concert and Variety Show; Nov: Christmas Fair and December: relax!

Sympathy on recent deaths

Sympathy is extended to Paddy Cullen and the Cullen family on the death of Laurence (Larry) Cullen of Valleymount, Co Wicklow; to the Hillis family on the death of Billy’s sister, Sally in the UK and to the Meagher and Slevin families on the sad passing of Lela Slevin, Blessington and her brother, Malachy (Germany). May they rest in peace, amen.

Sheep Shearing

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, Leinster Tug of War championships and a feast of fun activities for the children. Live musical performers include The Willoughbys and Crystal Swing. That’s all happening on June 2 and 3 – check out

Farmers and Agri Sector

The International Sheep Shearing 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.

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

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.

Golf Society news

Ballymore Eustace Golf Society teed off to Coollattin last Saturday in preparation for their outing to the Smurfit Course at the K-Club on June 21. Cost: €50 for fully paid up members, €60 for visitors including breakfast followed by an evening of celebration in Paddy’s.

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.

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.

Yoga in Ballymore

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.